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Thread: Champion weighted cube quilt

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    Has any one ever heard of one of these quilts, if so do you have a pattern? My niece is making one, but she don't have a pattern to go by, her friend is telling her......I would love to see what they look like......Thanks :)

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    Is this one they use for autistic children? I haven't really seen one , but I've heard of them. I don't think they are much different than usual, except they're weighted.

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    I haven't got a picture but the idea is that you need to make channels or baffles on the back that can be filled to add the weight. I'm not positive as to what they use for the filling (styrene beads??) but the weight is supposed to provide a feeling of comfort and security. They are using a similar idea for dogs terrified of thunder - thunder shirts that are weighted to provide a calming effect. I think she'll need to see one before she attempts hers.

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    I made one for my Aspberger's grandson. After some trial and error, I used styrene beads for one and pea gravel for his brother's (who HAD to have a matching one) and invented an easy way to make it. I won't bother to describe it now but it takes two soft beach towels, some muslin (or leftover fabric of any quilty kind) and some easy sewing. I'll write up the directions if anybody needs them; just PM me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nana4baj
    Has any one ever heard of one of these quilts, if so do you have a pattern? My niece is making one, but she don't have a pattern to go by, her friend is telling her......I would love to see what they look like......Thanks :)
    Look them up online----try googling Weighted Blankets---and see how much they cost....then you know why you need to make your own! See my note above; PM me and I'll write up the directions this weekend and send them to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teacherbailey
    I made one for my Aspberger's grandson. After some trial and error, I used styrene beads for one and pea gravel for his brother's (who HAD to have a matching one) and invented an easy way to make it. I won't bother to describe it now but it takes two soft beach towels, some muslin (or leftover fabric of any quilty kind) and some easy sewing. I'll write up the directions if anybody needs them; just PM me.
    I would love to have your pattern or any help you can give me, one of my grandsons was just recently diagnosed with Asperger's. My daughter asked me if I could make him a vest or quilt and I don't know how or where to start.
    Thank you so much,
    Christal

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    I had to make a phone call to a friend that has helped a woman make a few of these. Here is a link she sent me.


    http://craftnectar.com/2009/09/03/ca...hted-blankets/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    I had to make a phone call to a friend that has helped a woman make a few of these. Here is a link she sent me.


    http://craftnectar.com/2009/09/03/ca...hted-blankets/
    Thank you very much.

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    You are most welcome..I hope this helps. I have seen these quilts she has made. It makes the weight evenly over the quilt.

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    I found one at this site as an example to show.

    http://pacificpediatricsupply.clickforward.com/cart/

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    I just finished reading all of the replies you received. I made a shoulder warmer (kind of shaped like the Puritan collars) for my sister this past Thanksgiving and she told me that it make her feel so calm, safe, and cozy even when she did not warm it in the the microwave. She liked it so much that she requested 7 more for family and friends. Then she asked for more. I went on line and looked at the weighted quilt sites and feel like that might be why they were such a hit. Thanks for asking about this topic because I really did think there was something to what she said but just could not explain it. - Rice would be too heavy for your quilt, but the narrow channels (tubes) helped to hold the rice in place and keep it from all going to the bottom of the collar. Hope you are as calm and contented as my sister once you get yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    I had to make a phone call to a friend that has helped a woman make a few of these. Here is a link she sent me.


    http://craftnectar.com/2009/09/03/ca...hted-blankets/
    Good info! Thanks! this would be a good charity project for child development agencies that work with developmentally disabled children. Does anyone know if such a quilting charity exists? I know there are charity quilts for kids, but any this specialized?

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    We had a gal speak at our guild a couple months ago & she teaches how to make them. I'm in Mich too, so PM me with your email & I get her name & info for you.

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    We have made these in our Project Linus group for autistic children. Is this what you are referring?
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    I made a weighted blanket for my grandson who is autistic. I cut 2 pieces of flannel the size I wanted the quilt (40 x 40). one for the front and one for back. sew the three sides leaving the top of the quilt open. now run seams down the blanket to make about 6 channels (vertical seams). Then I put plastic pellets into the vertical channels. I filled the channels about 6 inches deep, then I sewed a horizontal seam across the width of the blanket ( this sealed the plastic pellets in the 6 inch high channel) Then I filled another 6 inches of channels and then sewed another horizontal seam across blanet, continued till blanket was filled to top then added binding all around edges. The pellets I got from Joann's with 40% coupons, they wash and dry nice. good luck if you need help pm me

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    Thank you so much for the information. I have found other sites with instructions. I have gone so far as to buy the pellets (Joanns has them) and the fabric, but the instructions were not very clear. This one is very clear and understandable.

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    As I mentioned on previous page, I have sewn these quilts for Project Linus.

    As I understand it, the weight induces sensory brain waves which calm children. While the commercial blankets are expensive and are sometimes stuffed with beads, our blankets were simply sewn from heavier fabrics and rolled up sheets within the tubes, making the blankets completely washable. If an autistic child ripped them open, nothing would happen other than the sheets would probably be removed. The pellets might be a safety issue depending upon the child in question. Our old sheets were donated by hospitals (of course sterilized) so again the cost was minimal. One cannot imagine the grateful comments received by families of autistic children.

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    Jamie has a weighted snake that I made for him that he carries around and I haven't had any problems. I know when he gets out his snake he is working through something and needs something to calm himself.

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    Did I not say this site/board is the BEST ? !!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks fo much for the site, I don't need a pattern for one at this time but may in the future, so I downloaded the pattern for future use. Thanks for the site.

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    My youngest son is autistic. He has always "bundled" himself in his clothing to help him be calm and feel secure. He would always wear a heavy jacket and sweat pants, even outside in July when the temperature was over a hundred degrees, because that helped him to cope. When he was about 5 years old, the Occupational Therapist working with him supplied us with a weighted vest during his therapy sessions. This helped him to concentrate and participate in the difficult therapy sessions. I made a similar vest for him to wear at home and school. The poly pellets weren't available at that time. I found steel pellets in a sporting goods store and used these to fill the channels in the vest. I made a lining that contained the pellets and an outer cover of his choice of fabric for the outer vest. That way I could remove the lining and wash the cover. His heavy vest was a big hit with the other kids in school, and really helped him improve in school. He is now 23 years old and although he still has many problems, he is doing better. One of the problems we still have is fabric textures against his skin. He will not wear certain types of clothing or specific fabrics because the touch of the fabric against his skin is irritating to him. He also will not sleep with a top sheet on his bed. At night, he will wrap himself in several blankets (cocoon style), always in a specific order, with only his face exposed before he will go to sleep. Although it's been very challenging dealing with his many problems, he is a wonderful young man and has taught me patience and how to look at things and face challenges from a different point of view. He is my daily "sunshine and sugar."

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    Try this website for the pattern for the weighted blanket

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    Excellent informtion. Thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    I had to make a phone call to a friend that has helped a woman make a few of these. Here is a link she sent me.


    http://craftnectar.com/2009/09/03/ca...hted-blankets/
    Neat link. Thanks

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    Thanks for the site, I need to make me one for my restless legs..........
    Quote Originally Posted by mythreesuns
    I had to make a phone call to a friend that has helped a woman make a few of these. Here is a link she sent me.


    http://craftnectar.com/2009/09/03/ca...hted-blankets/
    :thumbup:

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