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Old 11-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Pillow ideas for seniors?
I want to make a pillow for my 95 yr old grandma to use at restaurants or the beauty salon. There are a couple of important features that I would like some help with:
1. I want some way to attach it to her walker while she's walking (I was thinking a strap with large finger-friendly snap)
2. It needs frills... that won't fray, will lay flat (to sit on) and are washable (I thought maybe some lacework using crochet thread)

I haven't come up with a solution that's just right... does anyone have any ideas?
Is there a better way to connect it to her walker or something easier to manipulate than a snap?
Also, where should I look for lacework edging designs?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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1. I want some way to attach it to her walker while she's walking (I was thinking a strap with large finger-friendly snap).

Velcro! Velcro is much easier for elderly people with arthritis, muscle weakness, poor eye sight, etc (not that your grandmother has all or any of these). But, velcro is fast and easy.

2. It needs frills... that won't fray, will lay flat (to sit on) and are washable (I thought maybe some lacework using crochet thread).

-Place a ruffle around the edge. It won't be sat on/cause lumps (for this reason I would avoid cables ON the pillow)
-Use intarsia or fair isle to make a colored/decorative pillow rather than a one color pillow
-Make a two sided pillow. Two different colors/motifs so she can decide which side to sit on depending on her mood.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Stripes would also work for color and be nice and easier if you're not experienced. Lots of ways to incorporate them.

For the frills picking up stitches around a finished pillow is probably the easiest.
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:59 AM   #4
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What a thoughtful idea! Maybe it would be a good idea to attach the pillow to the walker with 2 straps so it's not free to swing around so much. Or you could sew or purchase a modified tote bag to attach to the walker. The pillow could slip inside the bag and that way it wouldn't need its own strap.
There are books of edging patterns available at the library and many online.
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