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Class Details






101 Weighted Blankets

Ruthann Benge

Monday & Tuesday

All Levels

Machine : Construction

A weighted blanket is a safe, non-drug therapy to help you sleep. What you will learn in this class is that there are two keys to making them, using the right amount of weight, and dispersing it evenly in the blanket or quilt. Blankets should weigh 10% of the weight of the person who will be sleeping under it. Plastic pellets are used for weight, so you can make that mess at camp!


Our class will start with a lap pad to get acquainted with the process. Lap pads may help one to focus and be more attentive as well as helping to calm and relax.


You may decide whether you want a patchwork blanket or a very easy one fabric blanket (see photos).  Cotton, flannel or fleece may be used.


Is there anyone in your life that could use a big hug? Someone coping with anxiety, Austism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, PTSD insomnia or sleep disorders, restless legs or Fibromylagia? The weight of the blanket provides deep pressure stimulation and stimulates serotonin in the body. This vital chemical plays a key role in creating melatonin, a natural sleep hormone. In most people, using a weighted blanket will give better quality sleep.

Class fee: $5.

Ruthann Benge

Ruthann especially enjoys teaching new quilters, watching the sparkle in their eyes when they get a block sewn together.  Machine appliqué is her favorite method of quilting. In 1999, she joined the Cascade Quilt Guild of Akron and has been quilting since.  

Ruthann retired from the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library with 26 years of service.  She has been teaching in her community since 2002, when she organized a guild for beginner quilters, which still meets twice a month.  She has also taught classes for guilds and a NEORQC Getaway, at Katie Brooke Quilt Shop formerly in Kent, Ohio, Bernina Store, formerly in Twinsburg, Ohio and at The Quilt Camp at Cedar Lakes. 

She has a small pattern business on the internet, Going 2 Pieces Quilts. 

Married for 50 years, she has three children, five grandsons and two cats. 

In her spare time, she is a barista.


Ruthann Benge 
4595 Martinique Dr.
Stow, Ohio 44224-1128