Want to make a fidget apron?

by Carol Anne Lawler, HPCCR Communities of Faith Liaison

fidget apronWhen I first laid my eyes on the fidget aprons that were being dropped off  for our dementia patients, I immediately thought of Joanne Mackaman, business owner of The Rag Bag, in Shelby, NC.  I met Joanne through her mother, Rosemary Young, whose son was under our care several years ago, and with whom I have stayed in touch.

Fidget aprons are full-length chef’s aprons made from a pattern that include attached trinkets, textured fabrics, and other items that provide a busy distraction for individuals who suffer from dementia.  Once the aprons are put on, the wearer can be entertained by playing with the attached items, feeling the fabrics, or just looking at the colorful embellishments and designs.  Caretakers may also appreciate the free time gained when their loved ones become enamored with the ‘busyness’ of the apron.

After talking with Joanne, we realized this may be an excellent project for those who would like to provide a gift to our dementia or Alzheimer’s patients, and a great way to get many people involved in a worthwhile project!  If you would like to give your time and talents by creating such an apron, simply log onto the following website:  http://hopefulthreads.blogspot.com/.  The pattern will be available beginning July 1 and we will collect them in two locations during the months of July and August.  Either ship them directly or drop them off at the following addresses: 

The Rag Bag of Shelby   or      Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Joanne Mackaman                    Carol Anne Lawler
810 W. Warren St.                     1420 E. 7th St.
Shelby NC,  28150                    Charlotte NC,  28204     

Our goal is to collect 100 aprons in Shelby and 200 aprons in the Charlotte region.  Who knows?  This may be the first annual Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region Apron Sew-Off!

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3 Comments on “Want to make a fidget apron?”

  1. Joanne Fisher Says:

    We have received 4 aprons so far at The Rag Bag and they are amazing! Check out The Rag Bag of Shelby on Facebook for more information. Go to the link above for a free pattern and instructions. These are a fun project and each one is so unique. Our customers have loved making them!

  2. Marilyn Mouton Says:

    This sounds such a worthwhile project. I am going to have a go for my aunt in Scotland. thrilled with the idea. Marilyn Mouton


  3. […] We’ve written about the fidget apron before.  Last year, we asked for community members to help out by making one (or donating the fabric) to contribute to our goal of 300 aprons for dementia patients in Charlotte and surrounding areas.  Well, we’d like your help again. […]


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