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May 3rd, 2012, 08:44 PM
AlexKatieAiden Mommy's Avatar Linda
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Alex has been needing a new weighted blanket, the one he has now I bought when he was 3.5 years old, he is now 7. Its only 5lbs and doesn't help as much as it used to. So I went in search of a weighted blanket to find that the cheapest one I could find that was 15 lbs was still well over $100. But then I came across a blog that had pretty simple steps on making a weighted blanket and since I have a sewing machine (someone gave it to me over a year ago and I never even plugged it in to see if it worked) I decided I would try to make a blanket and if worse came to worse I would just end up buying one.

So I set out to the craft store after my mom came over and showed me how to work the sewing maching, to get the supplies. The fabric only cost me $10 and the border was around $5. I already had thread, needles and pins so I didn't need those. For the weight I ended up using an old workout vest that I had (no idea where I got it but I had it) that had one pound weights in it. I broke open the weights and there was crushed stone/sand inside so I divided each of those into around 3 (5 oz) and 48 sandwich bags later I had 15 lbs.

I sewed around 3 edges of the blanket than made 6 columns going vertically, I added in 1 weight per column than sewed horizontally over the weighted baggies, I kept doing this until all 48 baggies were inside 48 squares in the blanket. Than I just added the border. It took a day and a half but in the end was worth it. It only cost me $15 to make and saved me over a hundred. Here are some pics.

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May 3rd, 2012, 10:51 PM
Adriana's Mommy's Avatar I <3 my kids
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Awesome job.. Love the blanket..

A family member made a vest and blanket for my son.. So much cheaper then buying them new..

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May 4th, 2012, 07:19 AM
AutumnLove's Avatar Autumn & Carleigh's mommy
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Wow! That's awesome. I am so not crafty like that. My mom made one for Autumn, as well as two weighted vests. Thank God for Mom's!

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