Create Your Own Fidget Blanket
Hiya friends! I’ve been receiving some great pictures of the weighted blankets you’ve been crafting up lately—keep them coming! I love seeing what everyone is up to. This week I wanted to add a special twist to your weighted blanket crafting; I want to talk about how to create your own fidget blanket.
What’s a Fidget Blanket?
What is exactly a fidget blanket? As I mentioned above, it’s a weighted blanket with a bit
of a twist; it’s a blanket with all sorts of zippers, ties, textures, and other zany things that give sensory stimulation to someone that may be chair-bound.
To create one, start by crafting up a weighted blanket for your base. Then try one of my fun ideas below to add some sensory sensations to your creation!
- If your fidget blanket is for a senior citizen or someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, try incorporating familiar things into the blanket. Take fabric from some of their favorite clothing they can’t wear anymore and make blanket blocks out of it. Include the zippers and buttons when you can and make sure they’re interactive! Here’s a fun idea—include a dress shirt pocket that buttons up or the top of a fabric purse to create a little hideaway. Belts that buckle and embellishments that slide are perfect!
- Why not set a theme? Try a garden theme and scatter sewn-on fabric flowers across your blanket. Try sewing a few on behind a loose button so the tops spin or maybe choose a fabric with fun texture. Or, for the sports maniac in your household, add a football ready for lacing and some rough textured “grass.”
- Keep the interactivity high! Stitch ribbons or pieces of fabric into the seams of your blanket after loading them with buttons, key chains, and other things that slide along and encourage grabbing.
Get More Fun, Creative Craft Ideas
Need more ideas? Check out my Pinterest board. It’s bursting at the seams with inspiration. If you aren’t quite sure about creating a full blanket, modify your design and make a fidget weighted lap pad instead. If you need to order plastic pellets for your craft, just click on the link below. Happy crafting!
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