Weighted blankets are great for those who need sensory input or just like the pressure that the weight of the blanket provides. After reading about them I decided to make one for my son and today I’m sharing my tutorial for how to make a weighted blanket with all of you.
Weighted blankets can be expensive but if you have a little bit of sewing skills then you can make your own for much less. And don’t worry, when I say you need a little bit of sewing skills I really mean just a little. If you can sew a straight line then this is a project that you can make.
Please keep in mind that I am not a healthcare professional nor am I attempting to provide medical advice or practice medicine. Ask your doctor or therapist If you or your child would benefit from a weighted blanket.
Blankets should be used with adult supervision and should not be placed over any person’s head or used in a crib.
How to Make a Weighted Blanket
- fabric (amount depends on blanket size… but you will need 2 rectangles… one for front and one for back)
- weighted pellets (amount depends on size of person the blanket is for… from what I’ve read FOR CHILDREN the finished blanket should weigh about 10% of the ideal weight of the person who is going to use it plus 1 lb. FOR ADULTS that might be too heavy so consult your healthcare professional)
- sewing machine (this is the sewing machine I have)
- food scale or postal scale
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine needle
- rotary cutting set or scissors
- sewing pins
Step 1: Wash and dry your fabric. Then cut both pieces to the desired size of your blanket. I made a blanket using two pieces of fleece that were 1 3/4 yards each, so the blanket I made ended up measuring roughly 57 X 60. Trim the selvedges off and square up your rectangles.
Step 2: Lay one rectangle down with the right side up. Lay the other rectangle down on top of it with the right side down. If your fabrics have patterns then make sure they are going the way you want them to go. Pin and sew them together, but leave one of the shorter sides unsewn. You will sew 1/2 inch from the edges.
Step 3: Take out the pins and turn the blanket right sides out. Push out the corners so that you get the nice points and smooth everything out nice and flat.
Now you are going to pin the fabric together again and then sew some lines. You are going to divide the blanket vertically into four sections (see the blue lines below). I got out my calculator and divided up the width measurement by four. Then I measured out where to put my three lines and marked them with blue painter’s tape.
You could also mark it with a washable fabric marker or tailor’s chalk but this is what works for me. Then I sewed along the side of the tape from the closed side until 2 inches from the open side. Be sure to stop 2 inches from the end!!!
Step 4: Now you are going to measure out lines going horizontally across the blanket. You want to make a grid to keep all your pellets in so that they don’t lump all together in one spot.
Figure out how many sections you want to have (I made 32) and then measure out the horizontal lines and mark them with the tape or marker.
Step 5: Time for more math. I know… ugh. But we’re getting close. You need to figure out how much of the pellets you’re going to have in each section of the blanket.
I divided my blanket into 32 sections. I needed 6 pounds of pellets to put into the blanket. To make it easier I decided to work in ounces. So 6 pounds is 96 ounces… divided by 32 sections that means 3 ounces per section. I used my little food scale to measure out the pellets.
Step 6: Pour your measured pellets into the bottom row of sections. Then sew across the top of that section (along your tape or marking) to keep the pellets in that bottom row.
Step 7: Now you add the pellets to the next row and sew along the top of it where you marked. Keep repeating this process until you get to the top row but don’t sew it shut… you are going to finish that top row a little differently.
Step 8: Pour your last pellets into the top row. To finish the top row fold each side of the blanket over one inch to the inside. Pin along that top edge so that the pellets don’t spill out and then sew all the way across the top edge to seal it off and then top stitch all around the blanket, sewing 1/2 inch from the edge.
Be careful to keep the pellets away from your sewing needle as you don’t want to try to sew over them. Trim all your threads and you’re done!
It’s hard to photograph a large blanket like this but hopefully it gives you an idea of how to make a weighted blanket of your own for yourself or a kiddo in your life. If you have any questions at all about how to make a weighted blanket please let me know in the comments below!
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