There’s nothing sadder than seeing someone you love injured and bedridden. Of course, if you’re the bedridden person, life can be even sadder still. You can’t do much about the circumstances but you can get rid of some of that sadness. Make some useful and fun gifts for that special person and he or she will have a whole new attitude! Sure, he will still have to remain in bed but it no longer has to be sad and boring!
One of the worst things about being bedridden is that you can’t get up and get the things you need. If they’re more than an arm’s length away you’re out of luck until someone comes to help you. Worry no more about that when you make a set of bed pockets. They can be made from a piece of fabric or even an old towel. Cut the material so that it reaches from the floor to a foot or so under the mattress. The end of the bed pockets will be positioned so that it is trapped between the box springs and mattress. At the other end, sew or glue on pockets. The pockets can be ones cut from old garments, squares cut from felt or fabric or can even be wide bands of fabric. Attach them and the bedridden person can store eyeglasses, TV guide, pen and tablet, medications and more. If you’re using a towel to make the bed pockets simply glue or stitch a couple of wash cloths to the bottom area of the towel. This is a helpful gift that anyone can make.
A coffee can is easily turned into a useful organizer that can be set on a night stand or carried. Start with a large coffee tin and add a handle. Cut a length of flat leather, felt, fabric or something similar. Glue the ends to the inside of the can, on opposite sides. Glue them so that the ends of the handle go all the way to the bottom of the can. The strap itself should rise up several inches above the can. Wrap the can in felt, cloth or decorative paper. Now continue to add things to the can by using colored tape. For example, strap small coffee tins to the large one, all the way around, and you’ve got a caddy that can hold all sorts of things. The large can easily holds medications, paper, magazines, comb and brush and other large items. The smaller cans are great for writing instruments, scissors, artistic supplies, cell phone, iPod, lotion and many other things. Instead of small cans around the large can you can use things like clean frosting cups, small boxes without lids, or even Styrofoam cups. Instead of a large coffee tin you can use an empty oatmeal canister. Make an even smaller version by using an empty salt canister with the top removed. Strap on small, plastic cups to hold the goodies. The caddy is perfect for a child or an adult who can’t get out of bed.
Make something similar but different by starting with a thick piece of corrugated cardboard. Cut a square or rectangle of the cardboard but make sure it’s tall enough so that it rises above the cups, boxes or cans you’ll be using for the caddy. Cut an oval out of the top area of the cardboard to create a handle. Now align the cups, boxes or tins you’ll be using for the caddy. Place them side-by-side, butting them together, until you have enough to be approximately the width of the cardboard. Stand the cardboard up against the row of cans or boxes and tape them to the cardboard piece. Now align cans or tins on the other side of the cardboard and affix them as well. This caddy is easy enough for anyone to make and is created strictly from things you already have at home. It’s useful to hold art supplies, writing instruments, scissors, comb and brush, remote, medications and much more.
Little kids who are bedridden will love a gift that allows them to draw and color without fumbling for the crayons and markers. Cut a piece of felt long enough to go around the child’s arm. The felt should be wide enough to reach from above the bend of the elbow to below the shoulder. Attach a piece of Velcro at the ends to secure. Glue or sew on tiny pockets, small pieces of elastic, or tubular pieces of fabric. These things can help the child hold markers, pencils, pens, chalk, crayons and more – right on their arm!
If your child has lots and lots of crayons and such make a roll-up organizer that takes up very little room but holds a huge supply of art items. Cut a long piece of fabric that’s as wide as a crayon is long. Cut a second piece of fabric which is just as wide but not quite as tall as the first piece. Lay the large piece on a table, place the smaller piece on top, and align them at the bottom edges. Tuck a crayon inside the smaller piece of fabric and slide it over to the edge. Glue or stitch straight down beside the crayon. Move the crayon over, glue or stitch down beside it, and continue this until you’ve created several compartments. Place the crayons (or markers, colored pencils, etc.) in the compartments, roll up the fabric, and tie it shut with ribbons. Glue or stitch the ribbon to the outside of the roll-up so it won’t get misplaced.
People who are bedridden don’t have to be sad and bored. You can cheer them up in no time by creating a fun and useful gift just for them. They’ll be so surprised to see what you’ve made and they’ll use the handy gift everyday. You’ll feel good knowing you’ve made that special someone feel oh, so much better!