Activity "Fiddle" Blanket

When a person has dementia they may become bewildered about their environment and sometimes become agitated. These quilts offer a focus, enabling the individual and their firends and carers to explore the blanket together.

The aim is to maintain finger skills with buttons, zips, ribbons and Velcro and provide stimulation and conversation topics.

These quilts can be donated to hospitals and care homes where they can be used to help those experiencing dementia and also people recovering from a stroke.

My mother has dementia and she and I will really enjoy exploring this blanket. It will help us engage with each other."

Please ensure blankets comply with Health & Safety guidelines.


Fiddle blanket   (Chester)


1 fat quarter – these are squares of fabric available from shops which sell patchwork items and are usually good quality cotton fabric.

1 fat quarter of fleece

Themed blocks 6 – 

Themed decorations to include zip, button, Velcro, cord, ribbon etc.



1.      Attach the fat quarter to the fleece and stitch together firmly in a 2” (25mm) square grid

2.      Add themed blocks.  These should be reversible with tabs on bottom. They should be attached along the top edge of each themed block only.

3.      Provide a tactile panel.  This can be chenille or textured fabric or washable, crinkly material between layers eg foil lined, crisp packet.

4.      Add a block about 8” square with a zip in the middle and sewn all around thus making a pocket

5.      Velcro can be attached to lower edge of tabs

6.      Add ribbons/cords.  They can be incorporated by affixing very firmly to either the background fabric or a themed block eg tails on dog fabric, maximum length 5”

7.      Bind finished mat with double binding and ensure all stitching is secure.


The quilt must be firmly sewn to enable frequent washing.

Finished size approx.. 22” x 22” (56cm x 56cm)