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Custom sized for him, plus it matches his room.
First, since we are headed into warmer weather, you’re probably wondering why I’m posting this now. Several reasons:
Here is what you’ll need. I have been purchasing our things at Joann Fabric, the one in Willow Street. I haven’t been there recently, but am trying to get up there as I want to do some new ones. You can also get some great coupons for Joann Fabric at Coupon Cabin. The coupons can be used with the gift card, if you are the winner.
Here is one example of fabrics I chose. My boys’ bedroom is outer space theme, with deep blue walls with neon green and orange contrast.
These color combinations may not be for everyone, but that’s what I love–they are customized for us.
Steps to make your blanket
I have used ours almost exclusively for my boys’ beds for about 3 years and they still look like new. Invest in decent fleece so that it does not pill, pull or wear thin. I wash ours about 1-3x a month and they still look great.
I started doing these years ago- as a favor for my son’s birthday party. Since that time- I’ve made one for each member of our family and even got super creative by making it two sided- twice the warmth and am able to match decor better! Everyone that receives it loves it- it never goes out of style and are fully functional! Great idea for non sewers!
Oh my, birthday party favors! That’s quite a few to do, even though they are easy. I have to perfect the adding weight to it, for a weighted blanket. I haven’t found a simple way yet.
Lisa, do you mean weighted as in hold it down or as in thicker?
Oh sorry, lol. Weighted blankets are very common in autism world, or for sensory seekers. K enjoys the pressure of the extra weight, sort of needs it to be content. Just like he needs to bounce to sensory satisfied, he craves sensory input at night too and weighted blankets help him sleep through the night. If you search them on etsy, you’ll find them, but too much $$$. If I could find a way to make them cheaper, I’d be over the moon! I need weight without added heat.
Do you have a sewing machine? Theoretically it shouldn’t be too hard to make one yourself. Thinking it through how to make it so it doesn’t tear open but yet would work well. They sell the pellets on Amazon. You would just need to make two layers of fabric. If you back the fleece with a cotton it won’t make it hotter but will be good stability for the filling. Also, what blanket does he use for summer? If it isn’t the fleece you could layer two flat sheets or something together and make a light weight (temp wise) one.
What a great idea! Love that you don’t have to sew. Would make Christmas gifts. :) Pinned! Stopping by from the hop.