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Michelle T

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Date: 7/26/11 12:58 PM

Hi,

I just learned about weighted blankets, my workplace needs one or more.

They were looking at buying them, but I am thinking it would be easy to make a couple. I have looked at a variety of free online patterns and wonder what works best.

I was thinking of making one where the pellets are poured into channels, then the channels sewn closed. I would make a full cover like a duvet cover for even easier washing.

I do not think a blanket with removable weights would work as well.

So what do you think? What has worked for you?

I will be making 2, one about 4-5 pounds the other 7-8 pounds.

Thanks for any suggestions.

mt

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Date: 7/26/11 1:21 PM

I have made a few lap pads and a blanket for my son that has Autism. His OT and Speech therapist asked me to make them one each, so I did. I did my sons on the sewing machine, but it is not easy. I did do channels with poly pellets sewn into them. First I serged three ends together then made several long channels depending on the size you make and poured the poly pellets into each channel than stitched across each panel. I made the lap pad with 4 x 4 pockets. So that is why I did the long chanels first, poured the poly pellets in and then sewed and moved the the row above. I also made one with a cover as ou suggested. But did all the steps above. I got a scale and weigthed the pellets since you have to be very careful not to put too much into the pad as it can be harmful. So weight is a priiority. I hope my directions make sense. Oh and I use four pieces of lightweight cotton. Two on top and two on the bottom. So you may have to factor the weight of the fabric in. HTH

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Date: 7/26/11 2:12 PM

Thanks for this question; I'm sending it to my SIL right away! She has never mentioned this to me and will want to know about it for her son.
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Date: 7/26/11 2:59 PM

I made one of these blankets for my grandson who has Aspergers several years ago and did a detailed review of the process I did.

Weighted Blanket Review

DGS is now 9.5 years old and still uses this original blanket although we have added weight to it as he has grown. At the time I made it they said 10% of his body weight plus 1 lb. He hauls that blanket everywhere (even goes in his luggage when they go on vacation). He is staying with us right now for a week and the blanket is here as well.

We were just talking the other day about whether or not he thought he needed a new cover for it -- he currently has two (one in 100% cotton and the other in polar fleece).

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Date: 7/26/11 4:18 PM

Hi Sheila,

Thank you for linking to your review.

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Date: 7/26/11 7:16 PM

This one is just like I made. Sorry my instructions were not so clear, it's been years sense I have made one. I also made a blanket like this also. Some people use two different fabrics and use quilt batting for he inside lining. Thinking back, I only used two pieces of fabric to construct the lap pad and then added a third to make one side smooth. But seeing that some people use quilt batthing to line it, it makes sense because the poly pellets will not shifft as much.

http://affordableweightedblankets.com/lap-pads.aspx

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Date: 7/26/11 7:41 PM

I made some of these when my SIL was working with children with Autism. I made a blanket with pockets that had velro closures, then filled the pockets with seperate bean bags (I used popcorn). The bags can be removed when the blanket is washed.

I had more requests to make these weighted blankets but I hated every minute of the project so declined.

It sounds like you have lots of good suggestions.

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Date: 7/26/11 8:03 PM


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Date: 7/26/11 11:07 PM

HI MN Barb,

I want to try to stay away from removable weights. I think they would get lost, torn or otherwise misused. I also dread the thought of making 40-80 bean bags and matching pockets.

To all who have replied, I appreciate the tips and links. I spoke with my boss today and she is excited about the blankets. I just need to get approval to order the pellets. I am happy to donate my time and stash fabric to the project.

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Date: 5/17/12 12:20 PM

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