DIY Weighted Blanket is Not Difficult, It Only Takes Nine Steps
Is it hard to make your own weight blanket? In fact, DIY weighted blanket is not difficult, it only takes nine steps. Now weighted blankets cost hundreds of dollars to buy. If you make one yourself, you can save money and make it more to your taste. With just nine simple steps, you can make a weighted blanket.
Use a medium weight fabric like flannel for this project. You will need at least 2.5 yards for the top and 2.5 yards for the bottom of the blanket. This will give you a blanket about the size of a twin size blanket (if using 44-45 inch wide fabric). Make sure you get the same plastic pellets used to add weight to dolls.
Always pre-wash and dry fabric before you begin.
This blanket is customizable. After you determine the size, measure and cut two pieces of fabric for the top and bottom. Place the fabric pieces together, right sides in. Measure two inches in on both long sides and one of the short sides, leaving one side open for adding your pellets. Use tailor's chalk and pins to mark for sewing.
Turn & Press
Once you've sewn three sides, clip the bottom corners. Turn the fabric right side out and press the seams flat with an iron. Top stitch around the three sewn sides.
Measure a Grid
Measure out a grid for the remaining area of the blanket. Use the tailor's chalk or fabric pen to mark out the grid. Sew the vertical lines (the lines that go from bottom to top) ONLY.
Before you fill the bottom row "pockets" you will need to figure out the portion of pellets to put in each pocket. To do so, use this formula:? total desired blanket weight in ounces divided by number of squares equals number of ounces per square. Place a cup or bowl on a scale and zero it out before you add the pellets.
Remember that 16 US oz. = 1 lb
Fill the bottom of each column with the correct portion of pellets for one pocket. Add a handful of polyfill in each square, if desired.
Once you have the first row of pockets filled, sew across the horizontal line of your marked grid, sealing up that line of weighted squares.
Keep adding pellets and polyfill, row after row until you have finished the last row of squares at the top. Then, fold in the two inches of fabric that are left over (or however much you have left) and sew it shut. This will seal up the top row of weighted squares.
The pellets are machine washable. However, only use in a machine without an agitator. To help keep it clean, insert the blanket into a duvet cover.
The process of making a weighted blanket is not complicated. If you are interested, you can make a weighted blanket based on the above. In the United States, weight blankets were made years ago, and some therapists only made them. Now there are more dealers selling weighted blankets, making it easy to get a weighted blanket without having to do it yourself.