Many different companies sell weighted blankets these days. They offer them in a wide variety of fabric varieties, colors, patterns, sizes, and weights suitable for everyone from a cartoon-loving kid to a minimalism-loving adult. If the price ranges seem too steep or you want to create a truly custom, made-with-love, alternative yourself, it is important to use the right materials and methods. You can make your own weighted blanket.
Choose the Best Materials
The fabric you choose for a weighted blanket should be sturdy and comfortable. Some great options include cotton and flannel. Of course, thread and a sewing machine are necessary. A small scale and a measuring tape or ruler are needed as well.
The weight for these blankets comes from plastic or glass, non-porous beads of pellets. Purchase the appropriate weight from a respected source.
Create a Unique Plan for Each Blanket User
Weighted blankets are specific to the people who will use them, especially when it comes to the weight. Generally, take a person’s weight, divide it by 10, and add 1-2 to that number to get the appropriate and safe poundage for their blanket. For example, a 150-pound adult would use around a 16-17 pound blanket.
Making your own weighted blanket allows you the fun of picking out unique fabrics that suit individual tastes more than those offered by standard retailers. Also, cut the fabric in the right size. A twin bed blanket would be 48″ x 72.”
Use sturdy thread and even double stitches to create a weighted blanket that lasts a long time.
1 – Put 2 pieces of fabric together with the right sides touching.
2 – Sew around three sides to connect the pieces then turn this right side out.
3 – Figure out the number of pockets you will have on the finished blanket. This depends on the overall size of the blanket. For more even weight distribution, make these squares about 4×4 inches each.
4 – Measure from the center line of the blanket out, marking lines at 4-inch intervals. Leave a bit of unmarked space on the outer edges for the blanket trim. Also mark 4-inch intervals going the other direction until you have squares marked off.
5 — Sew lines all the way up to create channels in the fabric. Do this only in one direction so you can still fill the squares.
5 – Divide the weighted pellets up into the number of squares in the whole weighted blanket. Then, pour one measure down each of the sewn channels to the bottom of the blanket.
6 – Sew across the line that finishes the squares you just filled. Repeat this process until the entire blanket is evenly filled with pellets and the edges are stitched closed neatly.
Options for Extra Comfort, Style, or Practicality
Consider finishing your hand-made weighted blankets with fringe, ruffles, or other decorations. To make it easier to launder, consider sewing or buying a duvet cover that zips on and off. Whatever style and options you ultimately choose, your weighted blanket will bring you a lot of comfort and enjoyment.