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Thread: Weighted Blankets

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    Super Member jdiane318's Avatar
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    I am a chapter coordinator for Project Linus in my area. We make and donate blankets for children birth-18 years of age. Our chapter also makes weighted blankets for children with Autistic Specturm Disorder or Special Needs. All it takes is 2-1yard pieces of fabric and 2.5 yards of Velcro and thread.
    The shell is sewn and tubes are formed and are stuffed with rolled bath sheets, bath blankets, and surgical sheets that have been donated by the St. John's Regional Medical Center laundry for this purpose. These 2 weighted blankets bring the total made and donated to 470 in 3.5 years. We do request a donation if at all possible but it is not required. They take more time, work and extra expense but to see the look of a child or receive an email from a parent that says their child was calmed by the weight of the blanket or even hear from a family that said they actually slept through the night for the first time in that child's life is priceless. Not all chapters make them but there is a pattern on line at www.projectlinus.org that you can us. I make a simplified blanket and it can easily be made in less than 30 minutes simply by eyeballing the seam placement.
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    What a wonderful idea! Thanks for all you do!

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    oh how neat

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    Wonderful idea.

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    Wonderful idea.

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    Giving of your time and talent is such a rewarding thing and I'm sure you will be blessed many, many times.

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    I've never heard of a weighted quilt before. I hope you get lots of response. It is a wonderful idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdiane318
    I am a chapter coordinator for Project Linus in my area. We make and donate blankets for children birth-18 years of age. Our chapter also makes weighted blankets for children with Autistic Specturm Disorder or Special Needs. All it takes is 2-1yard pieces of fabric and 2.5 yards of Velcro and thread.
    The shell is sewn and tubes are formed and are stuffed with rolled bath sheets, bath blankets, and surgical sheets that have been donated by the St. John's Regional Medical Center laundry for this purpose. These 2 weighted blankets bring the total made and donated to 470 in 3.5 years. We do request a donation if at all possible but it is not required. They take more time, work and extra expense but to see the look of a child or receive an email from a parent that says their child was calmed by the weight of the blanket or even hear from a family that said they actually slept through the night for the first time in that child's life is priceless. Not all chapters make them but there is a pattern on line at www.projectlinus.org that you can us. I make a simplified blanket and it can easily be made in less than 30 minutes simply by eyeballing the seam placement.
    Weighted blankets are wonderful!!! We got one for my ds. He finally slept through the night at age 9. He even let us put it on him in the summer, when it was hot. I can't thank you enough for making them for kids in need!!!

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    Pretty. That is a good work.

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    I had never heard of these but obviously they work well.
    A few years ago my daughter had a student in her class of special needs that needed something for his hands to touch to relieve stress so I made several small stuffed "coins" in different fabrics for him to feel so he stayed calm. They were very texturally different, made from velvet, satin, fleece, corduroy,etc. He could keep them in his pocket. She said it helped.

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