The geriatric body undergoes physical changes that include atrophying muscle tissue, thinning skin and slower circulation, all contributing to a greater sensitivity to cold. Your elder Loved One's hands and feet are often - if not always - cold.
I have designed a lap robe that not only provides the warmth of cover but an added resistance to chill by the addition of attached booties spaced two feet apart to accommodate wheelchair footrests and a flannel panel located at lap-level in which to tuck cold hands.
Built to last and sans the frills, this soft, comforting robe can withstand even those rough cleanings from institutional machines.
Tucked, wrapped and cuddled within one of my "Cozee-Robes", our elders may experience the next best thing to loving arms.
You will find the pictured, western-themed "Cozee-Robe" available in my Etsy shop (www.susanclare.etsy.com) for $35.00. Shipping is free, my gift to the purchaser, an added incentive to get this robe to that certain person who needs it. Thank you for this opportunity to offer something good to the world.
Susanclare's Etsy Shop "Cozee- Robe"
Step 1: Supply List
1. basting thread - contrasting color to fabric
2. machine thread - color of fleece fabric
3. fabric marking pencils
4. fabric - flannel (4' x 6') a flannel sheet would work just fine
5. fabric - fleece (4' x 5' 6" approx.) "themed" panel - I chose a western theme
7. sewing machine
8. sock "booties" size medium or large
9. ruler or measuring tape
10. seam-ripper, pins, basting needle
Step 2: Fabric Prep - Pre-wash, Trace and Trim
Position fleece panel facing down. Using fabric pencil, trace a (3' 8") x (5' 3" ) dashed line rectangle within the panel. Mark match points at corners and every ( 6") along dashed line of each side. Trim, leaving ( 1/2" ) seam allowance.
Repeat process with flannel piece. Excess flannel will be used to make Handsleeve.
Step 3: Prepare Handsleeve - Trace and Trim
Step 4: Prepare Handsleeve - Pin, Baste and Machine Stitch
Machine stitch fabric using matching color thread, (1/4" ) from edge, all the way around. Remove basting thread, trim "tails", set aside.
Step 5: Robe Assembly - Position Fabric, Pin at Match Points
Step 6: Robe Assembly - "Quilt" Fabric Pieces Together
Begin by placing a backstitch (1/2) inch below top hash marks then stitch downward, paralleling left edge of robe, stopping and backstitching (1/2) inch above bottom hash marks to secure.
Repeat "quilting" seam (3) times, each spaced (1) foot apart, paralleling the first seam. Fabric pieces are now permanently secured together.
Step 7: Attach Handsleeve - Center, Pin, Machine Stitch to Secure
Pin Handsleeve to robe. Using thread that matches fleece, machine stitch (1/4) inch from edge along top and bottom sides to secure, leaving left and right sides open for hand placement.
Step 8: Booties - Position and Attach
Place booties on flannel, facing down, toes pointed downward and heels facing out so that booty sleeve edges are (1) foot above bottom edge of robe, spaced (2) feet apart from robe's centerline.
Pin front edges of bootie "sleeves" to robe, baste then machine stitch, using thread that matches fleece, about (3) inches across each bootie sleeve, leaving (1/4) inch seam allowance. Double stitch for added strength then remove basting thread, trim "tails".