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    Weighted quilt/blankets

    I am hoping to make a weighted quilt for my granddaughter twin size. Any suggestions to help me be successful would be appreciated.

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    Man Sewing has a pretty good you tube video for one.
    If I'm too busy to quilt, something else has to go.

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    Here's the link to Man Sewing (Rob Appell) weighted blanket. He gives some good tips along the tutorial.

    https://mansewing.com/2015/04/weighted-blanket/

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    I am going to make a couple for Christmas. Do you know where the best/most inexpensive place to buy Poly Pellets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bj View Post
    Man Sewing has a pretty good you tube video for one.
    I was going to suggest that one.
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    I've bought poly pellets at Walmart.com a 10# box is just under $23. I also ordered from TailorSpot on Etsy, those were the heavier pellets.
    I've made 3 blankets so far (I made one today for a friend.) but don't piece the fronts I use a solid piece of fabric, usually flannel or minky.
    I use a piece of pvc pipe or a cardboard wrapping paper tube stuck down in each channel and a small funnel to pour the beads into the tube. After each row is full I move those beads down as close to the previous row as possible and then put in a row of pins to hold them in place while I take the blanket to the machine to sew that row closed.
    These blankets aren't hard to make but they get quite heavy to move around.
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    What is the purpose of these blankets? How would one wash them?
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    My daughter (and friend mentioned above) both were/are having sleep issues and the extra weight of the blanket seems to help them relax so they get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. I have a small lap size blanket that my husband occasionally uses for restless leg syndrome.

    I wash them in cold water on a delicate cycle and use just the air or low heat cycle to dry.
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    Yes, weight from a blanket can help with sleep difficulties. I find a quilt with 80/20 not warm enough with AC, so I added a crocheted afghan, and immediately began sleeping better! Just that bit of weight helped. I hope a weighted blanket will help your granddaughter.
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    Weighted blankets are comforting to children and adults with sensory disorders, anxiety, and Parkinson’s. They are relatively easy to make—the most important thing is to not try to sew theough a pellet. You can buy pellets bulk on line, at JAF, and most craft stores—whoever has the best sale.

    As a child, I always slept under three or four blankets, because the weight just felt good.
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    I made one of these several years ago and remember watching a tutorial that was a big help. The one thing that I definitely remember was the person commenting about the number of needles she used if she wasn't careful. Be sure those pellets are out of the way!!! I used a very tightly woven sheet, hoping then it would be covered with something like a duvet (spelling?) so it wouldn't need laundering very often. Sure wouldn't want those pellets spilling out in the machines or melting in a dryer. As I recall, I bought pellets at Hobby Lobby, using their 40% coupon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    What is the purpose of these blankets? How would one wash them?
    Some good uses are stated in other posts and these are also used for children and adults with ADD and related syndromes. A weighted vest is also helpful for a dog who is terrified during a thunder storm.
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    how does one wash a weighted blanket? Ah, saw the answers. doesnt' seem to difficult. I am thinking of making one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osewme View Post
    Here's the link to Man Sewing (Rob Appell) weighted blanket. He gives some good tips along the tutorial.

    https://mansewing.com/2015/04/weighted-blanket/
    I loved that tutorial when I saw it. He also has one on fidget quilts that is exceptional. I'm considering his fidget quilt for my FIL.

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    A pieced top is actually possible, but put a light weight solid piece behind it before filling with pellets. Wash these gently in the bathtub with woolite, and agitate by hand. I air dry outside, in the sun on good days, changing the layout occasionally to have even drying.

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    I make heavy quilts with leftover cotton scraps by layering and quilting the small pieces. A friend suffers from PTSD and it helps him sleep. By only quilting the absolute minimum, I keep it fluffy and a good drape. Denim tops make a heavy quilt. My son and his friends pass around a denim quilt made with the pockets when they end up in cold winter in ND or Nebraska.
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    I work in a place with foks who have ID and other issues. We ahve used weighted blankets for many years as many of our fok are comforted by them.
    My greatest fear is all of my family standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" he was.

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    Rather then put the weighted material in the blanket, I make little pockets that close with velcro on the inside of the blanket. Then sew 3 sides of little squares together, put some of the weighted material in and sew up the forth side. These little weighted squares go in the pockets and close with velcro. When washing I just remove the weighted squares, wash the blanket and then put the weighted squares back in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishNY View Post
    I am going to make a couple for Christmas. Do you know where the best/most inexpensive place to buy Poly Pellets?
    Hi! I haven't found a cheap source for pellets either. Today I went to JoAnn's Fabrics. I was able to use coupons for items not on sale. I got the price of a 2lb. bag down to $6 each (they retail for $9.99 each regular price)

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    I have been researching weighted blankets for a couple of friends and am searching for the proper weight that should be used according to the individuals weight. Has anyone seen a table or formula to figure it out?
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    5-10% of the persons body weight. I’ve only made one and was aiming for 5% and ended up with 8%. The fabric weighs more than you would expect. I was making it for a 200 lb teanager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers-N-Fur View Post
    5-10% of the persons body weight. I’ve only made one and was aiming for 5% and ended up with 8%. The fabric weighs more than you would expect. I was making it for a 200 lb teanager.
    Thank you for this info, especially with reminder about Wright of fabric.
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