Have you looked into getting a weighted blanket? They are pretty pricey to buy, but for a fraction of the cost and a couple hours of your time, you can make a custom weighted blanket to fit your needs and your style!
Why choose a weighted blanket?
Weighted blankets can be used to help symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, and stress. They can help you sleep better or be a calming tool for people who are on the autism spectrum. Chances are if you are looking for a tutorial on how to make a weighted blanket, you already know that it might help you! I’ve made them for many people and every time I have heard positive results. I have trouble falling asleep at night, I just lay there and toss and turn. Last night I tried the blanket that I made for this tutorial. I feel asleep almost instantly and didn’t move at all! I am a believer! Disclaimer: I am not a doctor just a Mom that knows how to sew.
At the bottom of this post, I have attached a video tutorial for any of you visual learners. A few years ago I wrote a tutorial post on this subject that you can read DIY weighted blanket tutorial.
Before I jump into the video, here are some basics you need to know about making a weighted blanket.
Make a plan
You’ll want to start with a plan. Determine what size blanket you want. You can use an existing set of sheets, or blankets you already have, or you can pick out some awesome fabric that fits your style. Just remember that you need two sides to the blanket. For this particular blanket I wanted it to be just over 50 inches so my nephew will be able to use it for a few years before we need to up the length and the weight. He wanted two different sides so my sister bought a yard and a half of fabric of two kinds. I go over the details in the video on how to determine how many pounds of poly pellets you need. The general rule is 10% of the person’s body weight.
Materials needed to make a weighted blanket & where to get them!
To make a blanket like this, you need:
- Fabric (as much as you need)
- Ruler/measuring tape
- Fabric chalk or disappearing ink pen, or even a pencil will do
- A scale that can measure out ounces
- I use a kitchen scale that we have
- You can choose batting that is one giant rectangle (like this quilting batting) and can be sewn in at the beginning. Or you can choose a typical less expensive batting that you pull apart and stuff into the blanket (you can buy at Walmart)
- Poly Pellets
- I have searched and searched for the best price on poly pellets. Ebay seems to be the best place for them. Sometimes you can score an awesome find and get them for $1.50 a lb. Lately, I best price I have found is $1.94 a lb HERE is a listing for them, what I like about these specifically, is tells you it can handle up to 250 degrees, so you KNOW these will be machine washable and able to dry in your dryer! You can also get them on Amazon, they are more expensive but you can get them with prime shipping. $2.50 a lb is the max I like to spend on these.
- Sewing machine, thread, scissors
- If you are in the market for a new sewing machine I LOVE my Singer Confidence machine. I have had it for 6 years and it still is running awesome. It has loads of cool stitches and has been very reliable!
- Paper, pencil & calculator to make a plan
Time to Sew
Now that you have all your supplies, here is the video that shows how to make them! Please leave a blog post comment and I will try to help answer any questions that I can! Enjoy the video tutorial! You can also watch in in full resolution on YouTube by clicking the bottom right corner of this video.
How to care for your weighted blanket:
So how do you wash this blanket? It should go through your washer just fine on the gentle cycle if you have it. It will be VERY heavy in the washer. As long as you use poly pellets that are heat resistant, then you won’t have trouble if you use your dryer’s lowest heat setting. If you are worried at all, you can head down to your local laundr-o-mat and use one of their giant machines to wash and dry it! Another idea is to use waterproof shower curtains to sew the “blanket” and then make a cute fabric duvet cover type thing to make it cute. Then when it needs to be washed, you pull it apart and wash the fabric and hand wash the waterproof “blanket”. Thanks for reading and watching today! Please leave a comment if you have a question and I will try to get back to you right away!
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