Weighted Lap Pad DIY (easy sewing project)

Make an easy to sew DIY weighted lap pad – an excellent calming tool for children. I sewed this one to make it virtually indestructible for M who takes everything apart… but you can scroll down for the link to the no-sew version that inspired this. Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

When I saw these beautiful and fun calming weighted lap pads that Lemon Lime Adventures created a few months ago, I knew that M would love and really benefit from something like this. Hers is a no-sew version, and while that’s perfect for many people, I knew that for us, sewing it up would work better. M takes EVERYTHING apart, and I knew he’s open it in seconds and find a way to dismantle it. So I decided to create a sewn version.

If you prefer, the no-sew version, check out Lemon Lime Adventures’ tutorial.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

The weighted lap pad is made from this amazingly cool pillow.

It’s got two colored sequins that flip around, creating a fun, relaxing experience if you’re anything like me. You can get it in all different color combinations, but I naturally chose blue because that’s M’s favorite color.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

The sewn channels in this sensory tool allows you to create a multi-sensory tool, with crinkly cellophane in one channel, polypropylene pellets in some of the others, and poly fill in a couple more. There’s a lot to touch and feel there.

The one disadvantage is that you can’t flip all of the sequins, but that hasn’t deterred us – both M and I are obsessed with this weighted lap pad.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

You can really customize this project to suit your needs. Add calming essential oils to give it an aromatherapy aspect. Glue or sew on some trim if you want to seal the edge a little better and have it look great in your home. You can even switch up the filler according to your needs…

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

It’s pretty hypnotizing to stroke the sequins back and forth..

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

Now on to the “how”:

 

What you need to sew a weighted lap pad:

 

 

 

How to make a weighted lap pad:

 

 

1. Gently remove your zipper. Make sure you have the right thread and you’re not removing any rows of sequins. Put the zipper aside for another project (such as this one).

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

 

2. To insert your weights and fillers, you’re going to create channels. The top of the channel will be your open side that you just created. Place pins in the spots you want to sew down to create the channels. I’ve created the diagram below. Note: I really was not careful/precise. I just wanted a calming tool for my child, not something picture perfect. If you want you can measure, make sure it’s all even, etc etc.

I created a total of seven channels.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

 

3. Sew your channels in place. I used a pretty long stitch so that I shouldn’t break too many needles. Ironically, I only broke one, and that was when I was sewing over a seam…

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

You can see the sewn channels better on the back of the pillow case. It should look like this (well, maybe a little straighter…):Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

 

4. Start stuffing two of your channels with the poly fill.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

You may need skewers or chop sticks to help you poke it till the end. Don’t over stuff it – you want it to be full but not stiff.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

Leave about an inch at the top and secure it with a pin.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

 

5. Next, fill a channel or two with cellophane. I started with the crinkly wrapper from the poly fill, and filled in with regular cellophane wrap.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

Just scrunch it up and fill your channel. I did the middle one. Make sure it’s not too stiff, leave about an inch at the top, and pin in place.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

6. Next, add your polypropylene pellets. I filled four channels (evenly distributed – the two end ones and the third from each side). There is a “science” to how heavy it should be, so you can weigh these in advance according to the guidelines in this post.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

Use a funnel and/or scoop to get it in evenly and fill it until about an inch from the top – so that it’s full but not stiff.  Pin it in place, and be careful to only hold your weighted lap pad upright from now until it’s sealed shut.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

 

7. Finish off your DIY weighted lap pad by sewing across the top. I sewed twice to make it extra secure, and haven’t had any pellets floating around.

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

Now your weighted lap pad is ready to enjoy! It’s an amazing calming tool for children who can’t sit still, who are experiencing anxiety, and who like to fidget.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

I’ll confess – I’ve been stealing it from M quite a lot… he keeps telling me “But Mommy, you made it for MEEEEE!”

Good point, kiddo.

 

Make a DIY weighted lap pad - an easy beginner sewing project for moms! This calming sensory tool offers multi-sensory stimulation and is perfect for calming young children with anxiety. It's a DIY toy and a simple half-hour craft for moms all in one!

 

 

Who will you be creating this DIY weighted lap pad for? Comment below!

 

2 Comments

  1. I made one for myself, with printed cotton fabric. I suffer from restless legs syndrome, especially in the car. I’m hoping it will help me travel more comfortably!

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