Martha Stewart meets Ironside

Like many people who have a chronic illness,  I am always cold.  Trying to stay warm in a wheelchair can be challenging.   Coats can be bulky and hard to remove while seated.  Blankets can get tangled in the wheels.  I really envy those babies who are warm and cozy in their little car seat covers.  I have yet to find one that is big enough to go over me and the wheelchair,  but I do have some crafty solutions.

  • Modify your clothes so they are easier to use.

    There are a few companies that make “wheelchair garments” but since they are speciality items, they can get rather pricey.  I cheaped out and just cut my jacket down the back, then I added a couple of buttons at the top.  Now it is much easier for my hubby to slip it off with me having to transfer.

  • Mermaids are warm and gorgeous

    I’m sure you have seen all of the cute little mermaid tails that are so popular right now.  Since they are more like a sack or cocoon, you don’t have to worry about it dragging the ground, falling off or getting tangled up in the wheels.  There are plenty of patterns for making your own, but I just decided to wing it.  I think it turned out well and it is really warm.


If you can’t crochet or sew, you could also make one using fleece and liquid stitch.



I also made one that looks like a slice of pizza, because I am completely ridiculous.   I also think it is a good conversation piece particularly around kids who may be frightened by a wheelchair.

  • Always be yourself…unless you can be a Disney princess.

    I came across this pattern on ravelry and I knew I had to have one.


    I modified it so it is the perfect length and added a belt to keep it on my waistline.   I also made a Cinderella wig to completely the look, because there is a fine line between eccentric and crazy which I like to play jump rope with.


I hope these ideas can help you stay warm and comfortable.   For My able bodied friends — these would make great gifts for a loved one who is ill.


  1. The Real Reality Show Blog · September 1, 2017

    I love your mermaid look. No doubt about itm the princess look is fantastic too, but how many mermaids do you find this far inland? ☺

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  3. blondieaka · September 15, 2017

    You make a beautiful princess it looks fabulous and the mermaid tails so cool…I love your passion. Thank you for following this crazy whimsical English lady…

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    • askagimp · September 15, 2017

      That’s very sweet of you to say and I think everyone needs a little crazy whimsy life. 😁

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      • blondieaka · September 16, 2017

        They certainly do is for living and yes we have little hiccups or big mountains to climb but we do it any way we right or wrong way just do it and I think you are one of those people 🙂

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  4. Jesse the K · September 23, 2017

    Both of these are excellent. Why no picture of the pizza slice?

    I’m a power wheeler in Wisconsin so I get even colder (little movement, wicked weather). Layers layers layers. I lucked out on a leather cape that’s lasted for decades: it creates a little microclimate inside.


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  6. Frugal Fish · November 3, 2017

    I like the Disney princess best! You have some awesome skills! I get cold sitting at my desk. I put a “Snuggie” on my office chair. I can wrap it around me when I am cold or just cover my legs. Thanks for liking my post, “Two Words to Get Anything.”

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  7. scullybooks · November 9, 2017

    I love the mermaid tail and the Disney Princess, perhaps you could make an outfit like Daenerys Stormborn from Game of Thrones would wear, I think her outfits in the show are amazing. Hugs, Susie

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    • askagimp · November 9, 2017

      Oh, I love that idea! I did decorate my wc as the iron throne one year for Comic-Con, but it was a little ghetto.


  8. knittingwithheart · November 21, 2017

    Ooooh… that is some pretty crafty inspiration!
    Hope you’re keeping warm ‘n cozy ❤ I've shared
    this link on my blog's fb page 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH


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