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Create a Cloud Nine Like Crash Pad with Removable Cover

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Our son has autism and is a sensory seeker so we are creating a sensory room for him.  One of the things we wanted for him was a crash pad.  A decent size crash pad is in the multiple hundreds of dollar range so I decided to create my own. It is simple and only requires extremely basic sewing skills. Another possible use for this crash pad project could be at the base of a small home climbing wall (use at your own risk, I'm not responsible if you hurt yourself.)

If you want to check out the progress of our son's sensory room including everything going into it you can check out the info page on his website: PawsForScotty.com.
 
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Step 1: Collect Your Materials

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What I used
Materials:
 * 2 - pieces of fabric the size you want your crash pad to be
 * a comforter cover (or 2 more pieces of fabric an inch or so bigger than the other 2 pieces)
 * thread (hopefully you won't see any of it so color doesn't matter too much)
 * stuffing - I suggest shredded foam (I used old couch cushions,) I also used the stuffing from an old been bag chair
Tools:
 * Sewing machine, I suppose you could do without this if you are up for a lot of hand sewing
 * a hand sewing needle (and you probably want a threader)
 * scissors
 * pins

That is it. The only thing I had to buy was the sewing needle since I didn't find mine until after I bought some new ones.  For the base fabric I used two pieces of fleece (about two yards each) that had been laying in our basement unused for at least 4 years; you could use just standard cotton fabric or two bed sheets. The comforter cover was also laying in the basement unused, you could just use two more pieces of fabric and do a small amount more of sewing. You are going to make two pieces, the crash pad itself and a cover, which can be removed and washed.

For stuffing I picked up some old couch cushions, which I shredded, and some stuffing from an old bean bag chair.
That is awesome! Looks really comfy :)
You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
pvillese (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
It is comfortable, I laid on it with our son watching some TV while it was still in our living room; I told my wife it would have been really nice to have in my dorm room when I was in college.
Thats a good idea. It was kind of a Christmas present to our son. I used some of my time off of work for Christmas to make it.
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