Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 26 to 30 of 30

Thread: Poly fil beads for weighted blanket?

  1. #26
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    howell, Mi
    Posts
    2,321
    After reading all the posts, the one thing that kept running through my mind is to use something that would not harm the child if swallowed. I keep picturing pockets that you could insert weights into perhaps with a velcro closure. I do not have autism, but I enjoy heavy blankets in the winter. Another possibility are large washers sewn into the quilt. I'm not sure about the cost, check at a hardware store. I keep picturing a well loved quilt letting the pellets fall out all over the bed.
    Sue

  2. #27
    Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleBecca View Post
    Hi everyone!

    My SIL has asked me if I can make a weighted blanket for my nephew with Autism. I googled and found that poly beads (for toy making) are the best weighted filler.

    HOWEVER - at $20 a bag its going to be an expensive blanket!! SOOooo I was wondering if any of you have a supplier of these beads in 'bulk'

    I thought I would make the cover a nice quilted one....

    Pictures to follow when I get it sorted!!!

    Thanks in anticipation - I know you will all have some great ideas!!!!!
    I was looking at doing this for my youngest with autism myself. Being a guy, I may have a different take on this but after seeing the cost of polyfill beads I thought I may be able to use some of my shot that I reload shotgun shells with for the weight. They are very tiny (much smaller than BBs) and since they are lead they cna be very heavy. If I sewed them the same way into pockets inside his blanket I thought they may stay in place, lead being nonferrous doesn't rust and should be able to be washed. Has anybody tried that?

    Tom

    "Words mean things" - Yodar

  3. #28
    Super Member jcrow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Small town in Northeast Oregon close to Washington and Idaho
    Posts
    2,735
    Blog Entries
    5
    I make Teddy Bears and have poly beads that I use with poly fill to fill them. I have a 10 pound bag and I bought it about 3 years ago, but I didn't pay very much for it. I don't remember where I bought it. I know I "Googled" it and I think I bought it from an Amazon person. Not the Amazon site itself, but the people who sell on Amazon.
    I usually buy most everything, except fabric, from Amazon sites. They are the least expensive so far. So try that. I know I wouldn't pay very much for the bag. I know myself and I know I wouldn't spend too much for it. I think that is your safest bet.
    "Be yourself...everyone else is taken."
    Strong people don't put others down...they build them up."
    "Remember that your instincts are more important than rules"

  4. #29
    Super Member icon17's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Washington,State
    Posts
    1,689
    Don't Use LEAD!!!! its POISON a Child can Could eat it! All Fishing, Gun Pells Ete.... All Lead.
    Autistic Children sometimes Chew on the Blankets!
    May Your Life Be Full of Charity and Love.

  5. #30
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Bosque County, Texas
    Posts
    3,028
    Quote Originally Posted by Biskit View Post
    I was looking at doing this for my youngest with autism myself. Being a guy, I may have a different take on this but after seeing the cost of polyfill beads I thought I may be able to use some of my shot that I reload shotgun shells with for the weight. They are very tiny (much smaller than BBs) and since they are lead they cna be very heavy. If I sewed them the same way into pockets inside his blanket I thought they may stay in place, lead being nonferrous doesn't rust and should be able to be washed. Has anybody tried that?}























    Tom

    "Words mean things" - Yodar
    think that to be very practical you should consider 3 things. Considering the weight to mass of the lead pellets, you need much stronger, more finely woven fabric than cotton to make the pockets. You should double stitch or use a serger for the stitching. I would also construct it so that the pockets are removable and you don't beat the inside of your washer to death with the lead pellets, even though they will be cushioned by the quilt. If you follow these construction quidelines I think you have a definite 5 star winner! Let us know what you decide and how it goes. We wish you all the best.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.