Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ginny Weasley's Anxiety-Away Calming Cure - Weighted Lap Pad - Harry Potter

Weighted pads and blankets (and vests and other weighted products) are often used to help calm individuals with anxiety, ADHD, autism, and other conditions, and they're surprisingly easy to make yourself.  (And thanks to Fairfield for providing me with product, compensating me for this post, and helping me pass my geek-loves onto my kids.  All ideas are 100% mine.  This post contains affiliate links.)  So since it's Happy Harry Potter week over at Rae Gun Ramblings, I thought we'd make a Harry Potter version of a weighted lap pad.

It has been so fun to see my younger daughter fall in love with the Harry Potter series this last year.  As a first grader she made it through the first three books and she would be reading Goblet of Fire...except she keeps rereading Prizoner of Azkaban.

She'd seen a few of the movies before she started reading the books, and from the beginning she immediately connected with Ginny Weasley has her favorite character.  (Rebecca dressed as Ginny when she was 4.)

Rebecca identified right away with Ginny's shyness because she's struggled with a severe form of social anxiety for a long time.  Her selective mutism makes it really hard to speak up around people she doesn't know well...and school is especially difficult. (Imagine not talking to your teacher for the whole year...that was kindergarten for us.)

I love Ginny and I love that Rebecca loves Ginny because I know something that Rebecca doesn't know yet...that in the later books as Ginny finds herself and grows comfortable in her own skin, everyone gets to see the confident, spunky, and outgoing girl that was hidden inside Ginny the whole time.  At home we get to see the confident, spunky, and outgoing girl inside Rebecca all the time...but not many people outside our family get to see that girl...yet...

She's been working hard and is already doing so much better, but we're always looking for little ways to help lessen Rebecca's anxiety, so she can find her voice.  We decided to try making some weighted lap pads that she can take to school to help calm her nerves while she's doing her school work...and what better theme to use than Harry Potter?!?

All it takes to make one some fabrics scraps and a bag of poly-pellets (and maybe a few extra sewing machine needles in case your needle happens to hit one of those pellets.

We're thinking Ginny would have wanted one in Gryffindor Red and Gold...and she probably would have loved if Harry's face were on the back of it.  We're pretty sure Mrs. Weasley must have made one of these for Ginny...except maybe on hers the characters got to move like in the wizarding photographs.  Or perhaps a tiny golden snitch flies about for Harry to catch.  (Joanns currently has several Harry Potter licensed fabrics...but I don't care much for most of them...but I LOVE a good black and white print in any theme and I love this fabric with sketches of Harry, Ron, and I may have gone ahead and bought the whole bolt.

It's certainly perfect for relaxing while reading Harry Potter.  (Monster Book of Monsters Cushion Tutorial here.)

And it will fit well on her lap while she's sitting at her desk, without being too noticeable.

But since as much as we all love Harry Potter at our house...she does have other we made a second one as well...can you tell she loves orange and Paris?

I'm sharing the full tutorial for how to make your own DIY Weighted Lap Pad here on the Fairfield World site.

See these links for more details about other Harry Potter themed crafts we've done...and be sure to check back because I'll be adding more as I get them written up.

Gryffindor Deathly Hallows Quilt


 Hogwarts Crest Quilt

Slytherin Quilt - Green and Silver
 Slytherin Quilt

 Giant Monster Book of Monster Cushion (No Sew)

Golden Snitch Birthday Cake
 Slytherin Quilt


Granger-Lovegood 2016 Election Shirts 

Potter - Weasley 2016 Election Shirts 


Lumos and Nox Quilt

Harry Potter Party Overview


 Hedwig Necklace

Accio Book Tote Tutorial - Freezer Paper Stencil 
Harry Potter Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Easy Harry Potter Wands 

Printable Hogwarts Library Book Plates

Printable Harry Potter Valentines

Easy Harry Potter (Hogwarts) House Scarves

Golden Snitch Necklace

Golden Snitch Cupcakes

Ron Weasley "I'm a Keeper" Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil

Ginny Weasley's Golden Snitch Skirt
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Boy Version)
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Girl Version)
Harry Potter Wizard Robe in 15 Minutes from a T-shirt

Harry Potter Family Themed Costumes

Harry Potter Inspired Charm Ornaments

Harry Potter Printable Spell Books

Harry Potter Printable Dementor Themed Chocolate Bar Wrappers Books

The Hermione Skirt
Dementor's Kiss-Away Free Printable Party Favor or Valentine

DIY Hogwarts Robe for 18-inch Doll

Hermione in the Library - CraftingCon Post

Harry Potter Potions Ornaments

 Harry Potter Robes with Oly*Fun

 The Wand Skirt

 Always Doe Pillow

Deathly Hallows Pillow
 Deathly Hallows Pillow

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