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How to Make a Weighted Lap Pad

Posted on by Paula Pellet
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We love to make things ourselves!

Sometimes I wish I could take my weighted blanket everywhere with me, but it’s just too big. That’s why weighted lap pads are really nice. Lap pads are much smaller than and not as hot as a big blanket, so I can take them anywhere!

I’ve been reading about lap pads and I discovered that they are actually a therapeutic alternative to weighted blankets.  The biggest advantage is that they are very portable, perfect for when you are at work, school, and even while riding in a car. They can help calm down a wide range of anxiety and hyperactivity disorders in the same way a blanket does; the subtle pressure helps to turn down the world a little. A weighted lap pad helps to relax the body and the central nervous system through deep pressure on  joints and muscles, helping to increase attention spans, stimulate learning, and improve tolerance to touch.

Materials you need to make a weighted lap pad

Steps to make a weighted lap pad?

  1. A lap pad should be about  12”x18” or 12”x30”.
  2. It should be less than 2 pounds, or 5% of a person’s body weight. It doesn’t have to weigh much, since it is smaller and more compact.
  3. When you cut out your material, you will need two pieces of the same size: one for the front and one for the back. Cut 1” bigger than you want all the way around it.
  4. Sew the two pieces together around three sides, leaving one side open.
  5. Measure the width of the lap pad on the side with the open end and divide it by 6. With a fabric pencil, draw 6 columns from the open end to the opposite side and then sew along the lines.
  6. You will then draw lines going the opposite direction, so that your material is covered with squares. Don’t sew these lines yet! Make sure these squares are equally spaced.
  7. Count the numbers of squares you have.  Divide the weight of plastic pellets you have by the number of squares.
  8. Put enough weight for one square into each column; push them all the way to the bottom. Now, sew your line along this row of squares. Repeat the process for the next row, until the entire weighted lap pad is stuffed.

Sounds pretty fun and easy to me! The best part about using plastic pellets is that you can hand wash (or carefully machine wash) the whole thing and not worry about the weight changing. And when you make it yourself the fabric can be anything you want it to be!

What are you waiting for? Order your pellets now to get started. We hope you have as much fun making them as we did! Toodleoo!

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