Placemats sewn together would be a great complimentary "lap robe" for someone in a wheelchair. They could sew their own or be involved in choosing the color or design that would match their clothing, as an accessory to other items they wear! The placemats are inexpensive enough and usually thick to be warm enough that a person could have as many lap robes as they want to go with different sets of clothing.
By Veronica from Sedalia, MO
Hi, Veronica. What is a "lap robe"? Thanks :-)
Trish in CT
Just now reading this email. Your idea is sweet. They are prequilted, lightweight, warm, all-season, colorful, and easy to connect. I hope my mother will not have to use a wheelchair, but I'll keep this in mind should she need one. Or, if I find a lot of the cotton/poly mats on a drastic sale when I have a few extra dollars, I will consider this for a nice gift. I'll also consider cutting them into "quilt squares/shapes" and connecting with ribbon I already have, sewing with a fancy stitch. Good idea!
God bless you. : )
Sorry it took me so long to reply I just now saw your post! A lap robe is a small coverlet that people in wheelchairs sometimes use. I really didn't mean to leave you dangling.
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I find really nice placemats at dollar trees for $1. I'm not sure right now how many would be needed to make the right size for a wheelchair person. It seems to me that maybe 6 would be a nice size but I really do not know!
If someone has that figured out could you please & especially a pic if you can!
It's the season now to be getting these lap robes out for use again here & I don't think that $6 is a bad price to make these - but end of season sales or clearance sales would cut the cost too!
If you could also get matching potholders a glasses case could be made to match by stitching the potholder closed, folded in 1/2. This is also a scissors holder Stitched closed diagonally!
With another 2 place mats (or 1 & coordinating fabric) to match & sewing machine - sew in divider pockets to make a wheelchair caddy with bias tape or ribbons (or other) in the top corners to hang it on the chair!
Roll a place mat either direction to form a tube & stich closed with a bottom & attach fasteners & a strap! voila! Quick easy tote! Or 2 to make a book bag! A lot more accessories could be made with quilted or other place mats fairly inexpensively ! Especially if you watch the sales or end of season closeouts!
There was another post I read (forgot where) that mentioned using the place mats to make a nice little rug to match your decor! I thought that was a really cool idea !
Place mats & potholders are more useful than just for use on the dining table! They are a wonderful addition to the craft supply stash! I would love to see more posts using those 2 items!
i use placemats bought at thrift stores , cheap, and crochet a top to fit, attach with running stitch using thread and donate to cat shelters for something warm for them to sit on .... animals shelters always need things like this.... or make some lap-robes up as described and donate to a nursing home.... it is nice to do something for someone else :)
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