How to Make a Travel-Sized Weighted Blanket
New experiences, such as a trip to the dentist, can be scary or intimidating for a child, especially a child who has autism or other special needs. A weighted blanket can help to calm and comfort a child.
Below are instructions for creating a travel sized weighted blanket that can easily be taken with the child.
What You'll Need:
- Sewing machine
- 2 standard sized pillowcases
- Material to fill your blanket (i.e., river rock, pony beads, washable material, etc.) You will need fill equaling approximately five percent of the child’s weight
- Hook and loop tape (such as Velcro)
- Thick cord or shoestring (optional)
- Decide how many pockets your blanket will have and divide weighted material evenly into the same number of piles
- Turn one pillowcase inside out and sew the Velcro to the outside of the opening (hook on one side, loop on the other)
- Turn the second pillowcase right side out and sew three to four vertical lines, evenly spaced most of the way up the long side of the pillow case
- Add one pile of material into each column that you have made
- Sew a horizontal line across the case just above the top of the material
- Add another pile of material into each column
- Repeat directions 5 and 6 until all material has been distributed evenly into the pillowcase
- Sew the pillowcase shut
- Place the weighted case into the empty case and secure the Velcro
- Cord or shoestring can be used to tie the blanket into a portable roll.
The weights may be adjusted as the child grows. The outer case can be removed to wash as needed.