Craft and DIY help

As part of Small Acts of Friendship, we are looking for things to keep our patients occupied. Tactile, colourful items which can be fiddled with help keep hands busy and can improve mood. So if you knit, crochet, sew or enjoy DIY you can help us help our patients – see below for details.


Twiddle Muffs are double thickness knitted or crocheted muffs used to calm the restless hands and minds of older hospital patients. They are usually made using thick yarn and have attachments to increase interest and are an ideal project to use up a mixture of yarn remnants.

Fidget Lap Quilts and Activity Aprons are soft and tactile, ideal for bed-bound patients. The quilted squares have interesting fabric scraps and various embellishments such as zips and magnetic clips attached. The ideal apron size is about 40x40cm and the quilts around 40x60cm.

DIY boards use bolts and switches to challenge patients and remind them of household tasks. They can have door handles, a variety of bolts and even plumbing levers attached. The boards should be between 40x40cm and 30x30cm in size and are designed to be used at a table. The surfaces need to be wipe clean.


Want to find out more?

The Royal Sussex County Hospital is a vital part of our Community. There are lots of ways you can get involved with supporting it. Contact us to find out more.