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Thread: Weighted Blanket...anyone made one?

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    If she's a chewer... Food grade refrigerator tubing is fantastic. String it on some yarn if you want. The downside is it acts like a straw for saliva to come out, the upside is its nice and durable. We used them in the classroom since they are discreet and not baby looking. Ps and Q's are also great, you can get them on amazon.

    For some kids, a full blanket isn't required. A snake or lap weight like mentioned above can be plenty. Also, they start to lose their effect with time for some kids, so we usually do 20ish minutes on and then 20ish minutes off.

    Another favorite squish for some kids is to lay on a mat or blanket and have a yoga ball rolled on their body. The OT should be able to help with that too. We use it as scheduled sensory time for some kids and others like it for deescalating after a stressful time.

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    Vests are super easy to make... Buy a thrift store denim vest and sew pockets on the inside, and put those premade weights you talked about in it or some home made ones.

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    Thanks! She seems to like the terry cloth "necklace" thus far, but we shall see how it goes after the newness wears off.

    And thanks for the info!
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    To make the weighted blanket grow-friendly, you could leave a narrow tube, alongside each stuffed one. When you need to add weight, you can fill those extra tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    To make the weighted blanket grow-friendly, you could leave a narrow tube, alongside each stuffed one. When you need to add weight, you can fill those extra tubes.
    Oooh, good idea.

    I am thinking of using some king size pillow cases as the tubing part of the blanket, then make a cover that so it can be removed to be washed. Someone mentioned something like that earlier.
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    You can also use beans, rice . You can also make a smaller one and place it in the microwave an get it warm and use it like the heating pads.

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    I made a weighted blanket with pellets, using the 'bean bag' method. It worked very well, but will do the next one using Velcro and pockets. I tested the pellets in the washer and dryer, and they came out fine. Here is the website for the pellets. http://www.craftpellets.com/. If I can be of further help, please ask.
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    I made one of these for my grandson. Purchased the pellets at Joanne's.

    My grandson is autistic and loves his blanket. So does his sister who is not autistic. The girls in my office want me to make them one. They said it is very soothing to just lay it over them. Good luck with your blanket.

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    The pellets at WalMart are the same as those used in the purchased blankets.(polypellets) Our Quilt club made some of these blankets for our local schools to use in the classrooms for the younger kids. According to the teachers, they make a big difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FranW View Post
    This is from Project Linus.

    http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/wb.html

    I have never made one of these, but the sheets sounded like an interesting alternative to the pellets.
    One of the gals in my Quilt Guild is in charge of Project Linus for our area and they make these weighted blankets, stuffed with sheets. They get shipped all over the country. Stuffing the blanket w/ sheets is great , because they can be removed for laundering, refolded and put back in. She is constantly hunting for sheets at garage sales /asking people to bring them to our Guild meetings,etc. It's a good way to recycle sheets, instead of throwing them away. Ask everyone you know if you can have their old sheets. Fitted sheets work too, since you just cut off the elastic corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    To make the weighted blanket grow-friendly, you could leave a narrow tube, alongside each stuffed one. When you need to add weight, you can fill those extra tubes.
    That is a GREAT idea!!! Thanks!!!
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    My son is autistic and has come a long way since he was 4. He's almost 11 now. When he was that age, he really liked the feel of regular cotton. Not knits. He liked sweat pants, but seems more comfortable under a quilt than under his weighted blanket. We figured out that he liked the quilt top on the bottom and the backing on the top. I used about a 1/2" seam because I was a new piecer then and didn't want to mess it up. I made a top that was just squares. Then the backing was a VERY HEAVY corduroy. We tie tacked it backwards. He's almost 11 now and he loves that heavy blanket. A pressurized vest could be helpful. I suggest you talk to the OT some more. You could make a couple different ones and then the one she uses all the time would work. When my son was 4 he was non-verbal still, so I could only go off what made him scream versus what let him be quiet.
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    My daughter made one recently using dried lentils [pretty inexpensive] and flannel. It turned out really we;;.

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    Thanks everyone! I have a friend who is going to let me try her vest that she had for her son. I am going to try flannel and cotton for her blanket because she likes things soft; she likes to rub it. And I think I will try some plastic tubing for her chewlery (as I have seen it called). I will make a fabric holder for it to keep the drool down and hope that works. She likes the one I made yesterday to rub on but to chew on, I have found out that she likes something hard.

    We've had a bad morning today so I hope to try to get the stuff today for the blanket and necklace. Hubby is out of town so I am not sure if I will get a chance to but I would like to try ASAP after the morning I have had with her.
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    Weighted blankets

    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    We just found out that our daughter has a sensory disorder and the OT suggested a weighted blanket. She said if I sew, I could make one cheaper than I could buy one because they tend to be high. I found a pattern, but where do I get the pellets? Are the ones at JoAnn's or Wal-Mart good?

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    Our quilt club makes them for autistic kids. We use Fairfield plastic pellets. They are heavy and washable. I have heard of people using beans or rice, but those would not be washable. I have included directions as to how we make them. I had to save it in a different format (doc) so hope it comes through okay; it doesn't even show I have an attachement, so don't know.
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    I would make the weighted part removable. better when you need to wash the blanket. they have polished stones in the dollar store if she likes the sensory stimulation of touching the smoothness. just a thought.

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    If you made the weighted part removable, you could use BB"s or the pellets that you can find at Walt-Mart in the gun or sporting goods department.
    J Kretz

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    I do plan to make it removable so the cover can be washed. I have been pricing stuff on and off today, as my Little Bit will let me. I hope to pick the stuff up tomorrow while she is at Mother's Day Out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tngal22 View Post
    We just found out that our daughter has a sensory disorder and the OT suggested a weighted blanket. She said if I sew, I could make one cheaper than I could buy one because they tend to be high. I found a pattern, but where do I get the pellets? Are the ones at JoAnn's or Wal-Mart good?

    Thanks.
    I read your post with great interest. I'm an old grandmother and have never heard a single thing about this before - and never met a child I thought had these symptoms, so I researched a bit. My gosh, this is scary stuff. How long has this been going on? Is the incidence in children increasing? Are scientists doing research into what is causing this?

    Whatever I find out, I wish you all the luck in the world in finding comfort for your child, and the blessing of a cure.

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    Never made one, but my 82 yr. old Mom tells me when they were little, the quilts were so heavy, you couldn't hardly move under them!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Yes,, I have made 3 of these. One for my granddaughter who was 3 and has ADHD. Wonderful, very soothing, and said she felt like she was being hugged all night. My 11 yr old saw it and fell in love because it is very warm, and snuggly. The last was for my husband as kept sneaking the girls blanket to put on his legs. He suffers from restless leg syndrom and he loves his also.
    Just google plastic pellets and you will come up with differant sizes and shapes. I just used the smallest round pellet and was very sucessful.
    I would sew a row and fill it, sewing another line across to form the filled square.I used cotton on mine, afraid the flannel might rip.
    They Are Great Blankets, and easy to make!

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    Thanks. I have restless leg also but I have a 13 lb cat that loves to sleep on my leg, lol. But the pressure does help so I hope this will help our little one as well.
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    I've never made one but I made one of these.
    http://www.equilters.com/library/jea...gallbaros.html
    I used flannel for the squares & fuseable batting. Boy was it heavy. I'm not sure that your daughter would like the denim feel.
    As I'm typing this I also remembered the Biscuit Quilts. Hmmm Each square is stuffed. Could you stuff one of those with pellets?
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    I too, have a special need great grandson and am interested in those weighted blankets or vests or something. I really don't sew but maybe for a special person, maybe I could learn. Let me know what you find out. Jo
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    Jo, I will post whenever I get started on the quilt. I had thought about doing indivdiual squares then sewing them together. But I am not sure yet. It will depend on what fabric I use and how big I want it. Thinking lap size but might go bigger, more like a throw.
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