During the holidays, I spent quite a bit of time in the dentist’s chair having work done. I love my dentist, but it’s not my favorite place to spend the afternoon. While I was in one of my marathon sessions, I noticed how much better I felt when I had to wear the large x-ray shield draped over my torso. I told my dentist about this and asked if he had ever used a weighted blanket with his patients. Since he did not have one, I offered to make him one to try. Had I ever made one before? Of course not, but that wasn’t going to stop me! I did my research and found you could buy a ready made blanket insert in varying weights (Bonny carries these inserts). Since my dentist requested a blanket weight for adults (8 – 12% of a person’s body weight) in a size that would only cover the torso, I settled on twelve pounds total, using two six pound inserts.
I pinned the two inserts together and hand stitched them, since they were too heavy to run through the machine.
Next, since this is for a dentist’s office, I felt I needed to cover the insert with a duvet style cover, which I made out of quilter’s cotton, so it could be laundered if needed. While I was at it, I decided to add my dentist’s office logo in embroidery which I was able to create on my Brother Luminaire using the scanning feature and a promotional magnet from my dentist.
Once the embroidery was finished and the duvet cover was assembled, I add the ties which connect the weighted insert to the cover.
The cover’s assembly directions said ribbon could be used for the ties, but I felt that would not hold up, so I made my ties out of muslin cut 1.5” wide by 18” long folded twice to make the ties.
Once finished, I had a twelve pound blanket about 36” X 48”.
When I was at Bonny’s in Stafford last week, she had a couple books with suggestions for other weighted projects. I got them to see if I’d like to make a second weighted project, maybe for me this time! Happy New Year!