Today promises to be a wonderful day; not only do I get to share the finish of the weighted quilt with you… but I get to gift it in person to my niece. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?!?
I had *just* enough of the Lizzy House Natural History Stars in Green yardage to make the binding to finish off the quilt. I chose to stitch the binding on by machine to both sides.
Up close, you can see that the binding gives a nice secondary reinforcement and finish to help keep the poly pellets contained should any stitches ever come undone and things move around. Also, I sewed all the seams with a small stitch length (2.0) which is much smaller than the size of a poly pellet.
I made sure to get a label on the quilt! I personally like the “back” side of the weighted blanket very well, but then again, I’m not exactly the target demographic for Moana.
Over the course of making the quilt I had it draped over me in one form or another, but it was still interesting to try the quilt out draped over my lap. I think it feels very nice and it tucks around quite naturally.
The quilt crinkled up after its first wash. Yes, the poly pellets are safe to machine wash and dry!
The pellets still move around very freely inside the pockets after the wash, too. The rule of thumb with weighted quilts is for them to weigh 10-15% of the person’s weight. I purposefully make this quilt finished so that there would be no way the pellets will get out. If it works well and my niece needs a new one made when she grows, well, I’ll be happy to make her a new quilt.
I am looking forward to seeing my family and gifting this finish to my niece. I expect I have a few Disney movies in my future for the weekend. What are your weekend plans?