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    Weighted Sensory Processing Quilt/Blanket for Emerson

    I wanted to share one of my newest projects with everyone. My soon to be 3 yr old Grand-daughter (we are adopting her in April) has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing disorders. Some of the affects of this are nightly Thrashing of her body while she sleeps. Constant rocking on the couch, such as back and forth with her head. and many other symptoms. One of the things they have found is that a weighted blanket/quilt is a calming affect on the person. these are used for Autism and many other ailments such as anxiety,depression etc. Well with research we found them to be very expensive. So of course in my very craft mind, I said well I can MAKE that! There is alot of information on the internet and lots of directions on how to do this. They are filled with a poly pellet. You go by height and weight and use a certain percentages etc...Well I happened to have a few UFO's sitting around and took Emerson to my bin and said which one do you like..she got to help make it! Picked her own ruffle trim to match also. ( I hate adding those on..) but here are some of the results of our project..a 5lb weighted (Grammy Blanky )Quilt. I think I have found a new calling as we are now designing one for her to use while in her car seat as well! I can not believe with all the research we have done, how many folks suffer with this syndrome and cant afford to have these due to price. We are now in connection with her OT's group and she gave me a couple folks names who want them already!
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    Cute tumbler and love the ruffle
    Thank you,

    Ginny K

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      Dear Lvngrammy, Your grandaughter is darling and so lucky to have you!! I was a sped teacher and used to make weighted vests for the kiddoes that needed them. They really make a difference and they didn't look half as cute as your quilt. Please give Emerson a big hug from us. Linda

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        That is an awesome quilt and I bet you will be busy ..
        These things, I warmly wish for you-
        Someone to love, some work to do,
        A bit'o sun, a bit'o cheer.
        And a guardian angel always near.


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          #5
          Re: Weighted Sensory Processing Quilt/Blanket for Emerson

          First off....what a dolly lil' cutie pie bug!

          I really love this quilt. The ruffle adds so much, it's perfect! I would like to know more about these quilts. What exactly gives them the weight and how is it made?
          sigpic~~Libby~~

          Quilters make great comforters.

          Friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness.

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            The quilt is as beautiful as your granddaughter. I hope this works out for you and the other children you will be helping.
            Lisa

            Please treat others as you would hope others would treat those you love.


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              I think the weight comes from the poly-pellets that you can find in the store for giving weight & shape to stuffed animals. Unlike beans, rice, etc. they are washable. They are not cheap, but if you know you are going to be making a lot of these, you can buy in bulk and that will reduce the price.
              I am interested in how she inserted them into her quilt! I have a couple of ideas, but I think I'd need to have a clean & empty vacuum cleaner bag in to recapture all of the wayward pellets while I worked out the best way!

              It's a great idea and super cute! Good job!
              Be who you are and say what you feel
              because those who mind don't matter,
              and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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                What a darling quilt! I hope it will be help her sensory issues. The colors should certainly make her happy.

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                  This would be a terrific charity idea - I bet the forum folks can help!

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                    That is sew cool. I Love what you are doing! The pictures are great, the fabric really screams to me, and your granddaughter looks adorable.
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                      What a darling granddaughter and darling quilt. I don't think I've heard of that therapy, althoughI once had a student in my school with this type of disorder. Very creative of you, and perhaps it will open doors for you or others to make these as a therapudic type quilt!

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                        First of all, Emerson is beautiful! Congratulations on the adoption. Sounds like she picked a great bunch to be her new family.

                        Second of all, this quilt is beautiful. I love the fabric, I love the ruffle and I love the pattern. I too am curious as to how you got the pellets in there. I'm guessing you made pockets for them and sewed the pocket shut then attached it behind the fabric...just a guess so please do tell.

                        It's lovely and you might be onto something here helping out other families in need of these weighted blankets.
                        Tanya

                        Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

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                          Here is a little more info on these quilts and if you google Weighted blankets..there is a wealth of info that really helped us! http://www.mosaicweightedblankets.co...sing-disorder/

                          I did use the poly beads and will be ordering future supplies online in bulk,these I purchased at JoAnn's in 2lb bags. Since I already had this quilt top pieced, I thought it would be perfect for inserting the beads and doing a simple grid. I had 81 squares and the amount we needed for each square was an ounce. So I sewed the vertical grids along the tumbler lines first. Oh wait to go back..I did not use batting..I lined the quilt top with some fusable flannel so the beads are not right on the cotton. Then I sewed the backing which was flannel as well. She loves soft! I sewed along all three sides and left the top open. We measured our beads and used cups and believe it or not a roll from some wrapping paper inserted into the quilt as a funnel. This made it so easy to be able to put the pellets in each sleeve. I filled a row then sewed the horizontal line across the tumblers. Then began the second row..etc..Yes it got heavy as we went along. The worst part was keeping all of the beads away from the needle. I only broke 1 needle!! We may have only lost about 10 beads..no spillage at all doing this method! I then resewed another seem along all edges to insure none were going to come out and put on the trim. I washed it and it was beautiful!
                          The one I am making now is the same pattern..left over charms..in the size of a pillow case. The has really bad car issues, especially being buckled into anything. When taking her to the store to buy the trim, she wore the big across her. She had the best car ride I had ever seen in the past 2 yrs!! We are so excited!

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                            That is awesome...it brings tears to my eyes. What you are doing will create such comfort for her and that is wonderful.
                            Tanya

                            Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics, when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than while so occupied. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

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                              Originally posted by Tanya D View Post
                              First of all, Emerson is beautiful! Congratulations on the adoption. Sounds like she picked a great bunch to be her new family.

                              Second of all, this quilt is beautiful. I love the fabric, I love the ruffle and I love the pattern. I too am curious as to how you got the pellets in there. I'm guessing you made pockets for them and sewed the pocket shut then attached it behind the fabric...just a guess so please do tell.

                              It's lovely and you might be onto something here helping out other families in need of these weighted blankets.
                              With researching, there are many different ways that folks have added the pellets, some make a totally different sleeve and add that to the inners of the quilt..I posted below how I did mine ..it was simple!
                              Thank you also for the congrats on adoption, we are actually adopting 4 grand-daughters in April..ages 4,3,2,1 !! it has been a long haul over the past 3 yrs..finally ending april 16th!

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