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How to Make a Weighted Shoulder Wrap

Posted on by Paula Pellet
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Create an animal themed shoulder wrap

Weighted shoulder wraps or “huggers” are a favorite for children with autism. There are two main reasons for this. One reason is because the weighted sensation gives children with autism a sense of comfort and relaxation. The weight on their neck and shoulders feels like a calming massage. The other reason kids like these is that you can make weighted shoulder wraps look like silly toys or even their favorite animal. They are very fun for kids to play with! If you would like to make a weighted shoulder wrap for your child or even yourself, below are step-by-step directions on how to make one.

Materials Needed:

Weighted Shoulder Wrap Step-by-Step Directions:

Step 1: Choose the fabric you would like for your weighted shoulder wrap. You can pick any fabric that will be a comfortable material to your child in a print they will love. Let your child help pick the fabric to use so they will be more excited to use it after it is finished.

Step 2: Measure your fabric. When measuring your fabric, add half of an inch to the sides to give yourself room for the seams. An average measurement for a shoulder wrap is around 20 inches long and 5 inches wide. To double check your measurements, hold the fabric up to your child’s shoulders before cutting.

Step 3: Decide the amount of plastic pellets needed to fill your wrap. Two pounds is suggested for smaller children and 3 pounds is suggested for older children and adults. If you have any questions on how much weight you should use, check with your occupational therapist or physician.

Step 4: After your fabric is cut, fold the fabric lengthwise with the inside of the fabric facing out. Pin all the sides into place to help while you sew.

Step 5: Sew both of the long sides together and one of the shorter ends together with a sewing machine or needle and thread. Make sure your stitches are close together to keep your pellets from falling out of the sides. After you sew three sides together, sew the final side together leaving a one inch opening.

Step 6: Turn the fabric right side out using the one inch opening.

Step 7: Pour your measured out plastic pellets into the fabric with a funnel. Make sure the bag does not fill up all the way. Filling the bag about half way is normal. This will help the shoulder wrap form to the body and fit more comfortably around the shoulders.

Step 8: Sew the one inch opening shut. Make sure these seams are tightly secured.

You are now finished with your weighted shoulder wrap. Again, you can make your weighted shoulder wrap with any fabric or even make it look like your child’s favorite animal. Create anything your child would like with the directions above.

If you are not very crafty, another easy way to make a weighted shoulder wrap is to take a long dog toy, empty all the stuffing and any squeakers out, fill it with pellets, and sew it shut. Whatever way you choose, this is a great sensory toy for a child with autism.

Please share your weighted shoulder wraps with me on my Facebook page! I would love to see all of your weighted shoulder wrap creations!

If you would like to purchase plastic pellets for your weighted should wrap, here is where you can order-


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