Since they will be washed often, be sure to use fabrics and embellishments that will stand up to hot water. Also make sure that they are appropriate for the age and abilities of the recipient.
These quilts don’t need to be perfect, so they’re a great opportunity to try new techniques and stitches. Their beauty is in the clever selection of embellishments that will keep fidgety fingers busy.
You don’t even need a pattern. Just make the quilt about the size of a placemat so it will drape over a lap. The size of a fat quarter, or about 18″ x 20″ is a good size.
Piece interesting shapes together and add things that provide texture and “finger play”. You’re sure to find items around the house that you can use. Buttons, zippers, ribbons, snaps, minky, fake fur, pockets, you name it.
Patchwork Posse put together an excellent tutorial and links to several others. Be sure to check it out for all the creative ideas for making fidget quilts.
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