Saturday, November 28, 2015
A Gift a Day Gift Twenty Five: Weighted Lap Pillow
I used some plastic weight bead things that you use to weigh down the legs of stuffed animals and such as the weight in this. It worked, kind of. I didn't get it to weigh as much as I would have liked due to lack of beads, for one, and because I wanted to make sure I could move the beads out of the way to sew the sections down without fear of breaking a needle. It weighs a couple of pounds, though, so hopefully that will be enough to make my son happy.
I just cut out a basic square shape that looked like a good size to fit over the top of the head (or in a lap) and then I left about a four inch section open on one side, turned it right side out and started filling it slowly with the beads (as if you are not careful they go EVERYWHERE!). I eyeballed long sections as I was filling and would then stop and quilt down the section I'd filled and repeated it for about three lines of beads. This way the beads won't just roll to the sides and not leave any weight for the top of the head and will also help the cloth to take the wear and tear of being weighted down better (vs all of the beads rolling onto just the side seams as time goes on and not doing as great). I sewed the pillow inside seams with a zig-zag stitch to help the seam take punishment a bit better than just a traditional straight stitch as well. Uses a bit more thread, but I think it will wear better that way.
By the way, I totally understand if you don't need to make one of these, but you can use the same concept and use rice in the place of plastic beads and make a nice weighted eye pillow for someone you love. That way they can put the pillow in the freezer for a few moments to help cool their eyes (or their forehead) after a long day or you can put it in the microwave for a few seconds to make a warming pad for the back of the neck after a long day.
Total Cost to Make Gift: Nothing as I had everything to make it.
Total Time to Make Gift: About an hour as I was REALLY careful moving beads out of the way of my needle.