Welcome to The Soothing Stitches Project!

The Soothing Stitches Project is a registered and incorporated 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Public Charity based in Syracuse, New York. 

Our mission is to make and provide free and low-cost weighted blankets to children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disorders, Pediatric Cancer, and our U.S. Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), both in our local community, and throughout the United States.  

Click Here to order your FREE handmade face masks!

In an effort to adapt to these uncertain times, and do our part to help, we are offering handmade 2-ply, cotton face masks at no charge.


For those who would like to donate to The Soothing Stitches Project, you may do so through Venmo @thesoothingstitchesproject-nicolestruse, or right here through PayPal. Any donation amount is so very appreciated and will be used to continue making masks as long as needed,

and/or support our free weighted blanket programming. 


Please take a moment to watch the short video below, as our President, Nicole Struse, describes what led her to start this mission, and what we are all about.


Thank you and STAY SAFE!  

To help support our mission, please visit our Etsy Shop

or make a tax-deductible donation today! 

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Pediatric Cancer

Post Traumatic Stress


Community Events

Autism Speaks Greater Rochester Walk

September 15, 2019

Thank you to all of our generous donors. Together, we raised $1201.00 for Autism Speaks!

  • Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to have disturbed sleep than typically developing children, with a prevalence of sleep disturbance in children with ASD between 40% and 80%.

  • Sleeping difficulties are frequently chronic, resulting in additional learning and behavior problems and affecting the whole family’s well-being. 

  • Weighted blankets are often recommended by professionals who work with young people with ASD to assist with calming and relaxation, as well as to assist with sleeping. The theory underlying the reasons for using weighted blankets and other weighted items for calming purposes is based on sensory integration. It is hypothesized that the deep pressure and more consistent sensory input provided by weighted items reduces the body’s physiologic level of arousal and stress, which might improve sleep. 

Source: Pediatrics

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What People Are Saying

Here is 7-year-old Ava sleeping like a log. Once the blanket is on her she is knocked out. In her words, "This is the best blanket ever!" Thank you, Nicole, for your incredible generosity. Your labor of love is making a huge difference.

~Jane S.

"I cannot thank you enough and words just arent enough. She hasn't been this calm in a long time. You truly are a blessing."

~Timeka F.

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Contact Us

Tel: (714) 858-3694