Active Sewing Group Meeting at First Presbyterian

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New “goodies” are constantly being added to our collection, including the donation of sewing machines, fabric —rickrack, zippers, bells, beads, army patches, American Flag patches, and appliques. All of these items have become very useful in the designing and sewing of our latest project: fidget blankets. Many have asked, “What is a fidget blanket?” A fidget blanket is a lap quilt or blanket that provides sensory and tactile stimulation for the restless hands of someone with Alzheimer's Disease and/or other forms of dementia, ADD, or an autism spectrum disability.


Would you like to be a part of this awesome ministry? Then come on in and visit this relaxing space. Join us on Wed. afternoons & Fri. mornings! Even if you do not sew, there are plenty of other activities that you can assist with, such as cutting out patterns, ironing, assembling, organizing donations, and brainstorming.   


PIECEWORKS OR PEACEWORKS the name selected for the new sewing room.  A transition has been taking place this summer and projects have been multiplying in what was formerly Room 203.

There is a hum of sewing machines in the air, as projects move forward and new ideas become a reality. Pieceworks Sewing Room is available to all who love to sew or have a missional-type project in mind.  It could be for local or international missions, or to help well-known groups like Quilts of Valor or Leaning on Hope.

Many women and children have been busy utilizing their sewing skills, while others have been learning how to sew.  Others have joined in by helping to cut or iron fabric, and to assemble completed projects. 

Projects have included things like sewing small blankets for the Caring Bears, fidget quilts, breast cancer blankets, and bags to be used as personal totes for women undergoing treatment for cancer. Middle School Mission Stay students helped the sewing ministry out by stringing beads, making pompoms and tying quilts.  A fidget quilt would contain different textured fabrics like fake fur, corduroy, suede or lambskin, yarn, ribbons, buttons, zippers, pockets, buckles, beads, laces, key rings and common household items that can be attached that give different textures and tactile stimulation when touched.   For men, we sports items, hunting, military items, a denim pocket, key chains, etc. are added while the women have more lace, flowers, birds, buttons, zippers, shoe laces, etc.  Each fidget blanket is a masterpiece of the maker’s imagination. A sincere thank you to all who have donated.

Jana Phelps is the Congregational Care Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church of Sioux Falls, and oversees this ministry. She can be reached at