Easy, Low-Cost, Latex-free Blanket You Can Make for Gifts and Yourself

Finding latex-free craft projects, things you can make, that are economical and safe for you to work on can be really tricky. Here is a very easy gift idea you can make for your friends, family, yourself and even pets!

Finding latex-free craft projects, things you can make, that are economical and safe for you to work on can be really tricky. Here is a very easy gift idea you can make for your friends, family, yourself and even pets! It is a soft, easy care, polar fleece blanket. This fabric is 100% polyester so it is latex-free, lycra-free, spandex-free and elastane free. It is durable and can be machine washed and dried over and over without showing wear or falling apart. Some of my polar fleece blankets are older than 20 years and still going strong; with allergies you know you have to wash everything frequently in hot temperatures, including blankets. Last but not least, these blankets are really easy to make!

 

Baum Winterfleece Northern LightsEverybody likes a nice warm blanket when napping on the couch, in the car, in a chair or in bed. These polar fleece blankets can be made in a variety of sizes from the infant crib blanket to a tall adult size. Most of the fleece is 54-60” wide and then you just choose the length from there, such as 40” for a baby crib to 2 ½ yards long for the tall people in your life. They will be surprised to have a blanket long enough to wrap their feet in that reaches over their shoulders! Custom made! There is also a great variety of solid colors and a wide variety of prints from baby blanket themes, monkeys, sports teams and sports themes, hearts, animals, paw prints, stars and others too numerous to mention. So, you will be able to make a custom size and personalized print sure to please the person you are making it for.Wildlife Fleece Prints Valentine's Puppies Fleece Multi
The only supplies you need are the polar fleece fabric, laundry detergent and a washer and dryer to pre-wash the fabric before you cut it and a very sharp pair of scissors. Here is a video link you can watch to see how super simple it is to make. Kids old enough to use a sharp scissors can even help. They can even make them for, or with their friends.
Whisper Plush Fleece Unicorn Cool PinkThe polar fleece is 100% polyester so no spandex, lycra, latex or elastane is in this fabric making it a great project if you are allergic to latex, or for someone you know allergic to latex. Be sure to prewash the fabric in hot water and use a hot dryer before cutting the selvedge or fringes in case there might be latex contamination from the warehouse or store from where you get the fabric. Here is a link to an online fabric store that I use with a huge selection of polar fleece. I ask them not to use rubber bands, masking tape or duct tape so I can practice latex avoidance. I also tell them that plastic is okay since they sometimes are not sure if they can use plastic bags.Baum Winterfleece Meow Club

Baum Winterfleece Owls MultiI hope you enjoy making some practical, useful, latex-free blankets for gifts for your loved ones, friends and yourself. These blankets will be appreciated because you made them with love, they are easy care, will last a long, long time and won’t be too expensive for you to make. Making them yourself or with kids in your family or youth groups will be a great moment of togetherness. You will be making a difference in the world, one blanket at a time. Thank you for reading this blog. If you have other people you make these blankets for or other things you make with this polar fleece, please share in the comments. We need to help each other. Thanks a million.Baum Winterfleece Elephants Multi

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Change Those Pillow Cases Frequently to Keep Allergies to Dust Mites in Check

Did you ever wake up after sleeping all night with a really itchy face, runny nose, blocked ears or an achy chest and wonder why? Find out how to clean up the dust mite allergens in your bed by reading this quick blog.

Did you ever wake up after sleeping all night with a really itchy face, runny nose, blocked ears or an achy chest and wonder why? An allergist would probably do a skin prick test for dust mite allergy. It is common enough but what can you do about it?




There are volumes written on dust mite allergy treatment. Just taking care of the bed alone means encasing the mattress and box springs with special zippered covers that have polyurethane lining in them or just cotton with a very tight weave which keeps the dust mites and their decaying powdered carcasses inside. The pillow is a similar matter, getting new pillows, putting them inside the special zippered dust mite covers similar to the mattress and washing ALL of the bedding, blankets, sheets and pillow cases EVERY WEEK in hot water and drying them in a hot dryer. Sometimes a mid-week fresh pillow case change is helpful too; but my sheet set only came with two pillow cases so what is a person to do for more pillow cases? Keep reading and we will solve this problem.


Getting some extra pillow cases will help keep the dust mite allergy symptoms at bay. You can buy some extras or make some. This is how I helped decrease my own symptoms. Here is a link where you can get some pretty cool, interesting and unique pillow cases. You can also make some extra pillows cases yourself by following this video link. Buy some cool novelty cotton fabrics that have fun designs of things you or your family members like, such as bacon, llamas, dogs, cats, motorcycles, holiday prints, sports and so much more. Here is a link to my favorite fabric store. I tell them I am allergic to latex in the special instructions box on the order form and ask them not to use rubber bands, masking tape or duct tape and they take special care so they don’t use those things that would start a reaction for me. They ship quickly too and I have never been disappointed with their high-quality cotton fabrics.
There are many other things you can do throughout your home to control dust mite allergies but the bedding is one of the first things to get under control. You can help yourself and your family manage this part of your home by weekly bed linen washing and mid-week pillow case changes. This is just one more step to enjoying life with less dust mite allergy symptoms. Thank you for reading this blog. If you have other things you do to help with dust mite allergies, please share in the comments. We need to help each other. Thanks a million.

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