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Calming the senses with weighted blankets « Craft Nectar

Calming the senses with weighted blankets « Craft Nectar
Note from Weeks: Both my husband and daughter are restless sorts. When our daughter was little and we went to a restaurant, Bill would take her out to run up and down the sidewalk while I paid the bill so she wouldn’t start squirming at the table. Those kids who kick the back of your seat on planes have the same issue. Therapists refer to them as “sensory seeking.” One therapist explained to me that the way I would feel if I sat in a car for ten hours straight is how she feels after sitting for one hour. Bill has talked for years about finding a way to create a heavy blanket that would calm his and our daughter’s restless muscles. Like me, our daughter is frequently restless and, at the end of the day, often asks for a heavy quilt on her legs or for a deep-muscle massage. Little did I know that weighted blankets and vests are in widespread use as therapeutic devices for children and adults with sensory conditions including ADD and autism. Like this: Like Loading... Related:  Crochet BlanketsPatterns

Moss Stitch Lap Afghan The Lap Afghan: Sometimes you just need a little afghan. This project as written comes out long but narrow (mine is about six feet long and almost three feet across), so it's perfect for folding over and lying over one lap, wrapping around your shoulders, or using over two laps. This project uses moss stitch, a simple pattern stitch of four repeating rows. If you want to change the size of this project, you must keep with multiples of two stitches to make the pattern work. Materials: Four skeins worsted-weight yarn for 900 to 1,000 yards total (I used Red Heart Hokey Pokey, a 100 percent acrylic yarn. Instructions: Cast on 144 stitches using your favorite method.

Minky Baby Blanket Simplified Remember the minky baby blanket from way back when? I think I called it the perfect baby blanket. Well, I love them just as much now as I did in the beginning. Knowing there were a few babies due to arrive in our crazy month of August I spent a day and made these 3 blankets. I love how quickly they sew up and cruised through them until it was time for the binding. So I cheated. Fold it over once. Then fold again and sew. There’s no messing with tricky corners of a binding, just be sure you have all the ends tucked in before you sew it up. That’s all there is to it! It’s still the perfect baby blanket, just a lot faster! The original tutorial for the minky blanket is here with all the instruction of how to make this blanket (with a real binding). If you are looking for a swaddling blanket, the muslin blanket is great for swaddling and for covering up while breastfeeding in public! What’s your go to baby gift?

Birch Quilt ETA: A pattern for this quilt was published in the 2010 Quilting Arts Quilt Scene Magazine. I wanted to share some photos of a commissioned quilt that I made using Monaluna's new Circa 50 collection from Birch Fabrics. (While formatting these links, I saw Circa 60 for the first time. Awesome!) The idea was to make a quilt with trees and birds, similar to the ones on the Birch site. The quilt includes three bird appliques that I drew to (hopefully!) I wish I had been able to get better photos! Hanging the quilt in the window helped, but the back shows through a bit. Overall, I'm happy with the way it turned out.

Home page Sites for Autistic Support Teachers! AdaptedLearning.com A new site from Mayer-Johnson! This site provides an endless amount of Boardmaker files! You must have Boardmaker to open the files. Southern California Autism Training Collaborative Website Lots of examples of structured work jobs. Visual Aids for Learning Some free, printable, visuals to help people learn everyday activities. Spectronics Symbol Activity Exchange Assistive Technology Team Lots of free, printable Boardmaker activities. OMAC Consulting A fantastic site by Cindy Golden. Crafty Chic Some free, printable file folder games. ZAC Browser - Zone for Autistic Children ZAC is the first web browser developed specifically for children with autism, and autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), and PDD-NOS. Special thanks to my father, Thomas Glew for sending in this site. Create A Graph Make many different types of graphs. Positively Autism Free resources, lesson plans, teaching materials, and more! Slater Software Inc.

Hand Crochet Baby Blanket in Peach by CustomBearHugs DIY: Baby Rag Quilt DIY: Flannel Baby Rag Quilt This is the softest little quilt made of flannel. The best part about it is how dang easy it is to make! All you need: 7 different, yet coordinating flannel fabrics cut @ 1/2 a yard each (so 7 half yards of fabric) 2 yards of solid flannel fabric for the batting (the middle of the quilt) (white is usually the best) about half a yard of matching fabric for the binding matching thread sewing machine scissors And here is how it is done: * Cut 2 strips of each fabric @ 6 inches wide (one strip will be the front and one the back) * Cut strips 2 of each fabric @ 3 inches wide (one strip will be the front and one the back) * Cut 7 strips of solid flannel @ 6 inches wide (this will go in between the other fabric strips measuring 6 inches wide) * Cut 7 strips of solid flannel @ 3 inches wide (this will go in between the other fabric strips measuring 3 inches wide) Make a fabric sandwich like the picture above and below! One side of the blanket is smooth while the other side is raggy.

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » sewing 101: how to make a shower My bathroom is quite old and somewhat grungy, so until I can afford better real estate, I thought a loud and colorful curtain would help draw the eye away from some of my bathroom’s less savory qualities… and thus, this patchwork shower curtain was born. It’s bright and fun, and it allowed me to use up several leftover fabrics in my collection rather than investing in new materials. If you prefer a simpler shower curtain made out of just one fabric, I’ll give instructions for that too. Let’s get started! –Brett Bara CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! What You’ll Need for a patchwork curtain: 1-2 yards each of approximately 7 different fabrics for a solid curtain: 5 yards fabric thread to match sharp scissors cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge (optional) straight pins tape measure seam ripper iron sewing machine Planning Your Fabrics If you decide to go the patchwork route, the first task is to assemble a group of fabrics that work well together and are pleasing to your eye.

Climagel Weighted Blanket - Size 3 - 9.9lbs Plain Green: Health & Personal Care Organizers Graphic organizer, concept mapping, and mind mapping examples. Graphic organizers can take many forms as per the table lower down. Graphic organizers can help motivate, increase recall, assist understanding, create interest, combat boredom and organize thoughts. Some more forms: Clock, Cluster/Word Web, Describing Wheel, E-Chart, Fact and Opinion, Five W's Chart, Flow Chart, Four-Column Chart, Garden Gate, Goal-Reasons Web, Hierarchy chart, Ice-Cream Cone, Idea Rake, Idea Wheel, , Inverted Triangle, ISP Chart, KWHL Chart, KWL Chart, KWS Chart, Ladder, Observation Chart, Persuasion Map, Planning Chart, Problem Solution Chart, Progress Report, Sandwich, Sense Chart, Sequence Chart, Spider Map, Step-by-Step Chart, Story Map 1, T-Chart, Think-Pair-Share, Ticktacktoe, Time Line, Time-Order Chart, Tree Chart, Venn Diagram. Graphic organizers are valuable tools for teaching/instruction. Free Graphic Organizers | PC Tricks | Concept |

Crochet Baby Blanket in Rainbow colors ripple by CustomBearHugs A Sewing Journal - A Sewing Journal - Quick Baby Shower Quilt How-To Have you ever decided you were going to make a little quilt for a baby shower of a friend or family member? Maybe even told someone you were going to? And then, oh my goodness, the shower is in two weeks! Eeek! The secret to making this quilt quick is it uses all of the following techniques which speed up the process: A small color scheme, rows (rather than blocks), flip-and-sew quilt-as-you-go technique, the pillowcase-method of binding and quilting with wavy lines (no accuracy needed). I'm not giving measurements in this tutorial, more of a how-to. Tips for choosing your fabric: When making a quick quilt, you will want to stick with a small color scheme, 3-5 colors. Cut one strip of each of the fabrics you are auditioning for the quilt. Flip-and-sew: (I originally published this part of the tutorial on Happy Serendipity) Flip-and-sew is a quilt-as-you-go technique used when sewing rows of fabric together. A few flip-and-sew tips: Okay, now that that's out of the way.

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