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Craft Nectar created this weighted blanket for her young child due to its' calming properties, and shares this excellent tutorial demonstrating how it is done. Weighted blankets are sometimes used as a therapy for autism, ADD, and other sensory conditions. Please note that you should consult your doctor to find out if this kind of blanket would be beneficial and to determine the amount of weight that is appropriate for you or your child. Check out this pdf file containing the tutorial to find out how to make it!

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Comment by shahla on February 1, 2010 at 2:48am
good job thanks for tutorail its easy
Comment by Claire Kayser on January 31, 2010 at 12:12pm
this give me a great idee for an old blanket with chicken feathers!!!!
merci
Comment by Patricia W. Tingley on January 30, 2010 at 10:08pm
This came up beautifully clicking on the right hand corner popout in the new SWN"s tool bar application.
Comment by Barbara Jean on January 30, 2010 at 6:37pm
What a fabulous idea! My friend's son is autistic and I think he'd really love one of these. In reply to Shelly, I would think beans, rice, etc would be ok for something smaller, but remember for something this large you'll want to be able to wash it once in a while. And you cant get dry food products wet or it'll ruin the blanket.
Comment by Phyllis on January 30, 2010 at 12:44pm
For those children, or adults, needing extra "security" this blanket is a loving gift.
Comment by Laurie C. Fowler on January 30, 2010 at 11:48am
This looks like a great blanket. Using a nice fleece. it would be great. I am one of those people who likes several blankets on me when I sleep. I like the weight. I never realized it had a calming effect, but I know I sleep much better than with just a warm blanket or an electric blanket. I am a nurse and work with the elderly and I can think of a lot of my pts. who could benefit from this kind of blanket. I just have to get OT. to evaluate it and the pt. I may look into this. I also have a pt. w/ bad circulation who keeps asking for more blankets, when she already has 7 on. (No Kidding). Thanks a lot. LF
Comment by Shelly on January 30, 2010 at 10:32am
Could lentils or short grain rice be used for this blanket? I think this is a fabulous idea and am very surprised i have not heard of it until now.
Comment by Cathy on January 30, 2010 at 9:36am
Thanks for the tutorial - I have heard about these alot and now know how to make one
which will be very helpful information to pass along.
Thank you for all of your hard work.

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