Make Your Own Sensory Weighted Blanket:
Filling, Pellets, Glass Beads, And Homemade DIY Blanket Guide
- 1 Make Your Own Sensory Weighted Blanket: Filling, Pellets, Glass Beads, And Homemade DIY Blanket Guide
Aside from helping those with sleep problems, weighted blankets have shown promise in alleviating the symptoms of certain conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stress disorders, and depression, among others.
Today, weighted blankets are found in the market. However, you might get surprised at how much one weighted blanket costs. For starters, it can range between $150 and $300 depending on the materials used, the type of fabric, and weight of the weighted blanket. But, if you’re short on budget, and really wanted to have a weighted blanket, you can actually make your own!
They may take some time and effort to make, but they’re definitely worth it. It’s less expensive and you can enjoy the time making your very own weighted blanket from scratch. Weighted blankets come in various sizes, colors, materials, and weight, to best suit the needs of the people who’ll use them. There are numerous options, depending on your needs and wants. First off, you should decide on what material you want and from there, you can shop for the materials to be used. If you’re really interested in making your homemade DIY weighted blanket, here’s a tutorial for you.
DIY Materials You Will Need To Assemble The Weighted Blanket
- The fabric of your choice – cotton, minky, flannel, satin-cotton, fleece, and linen-rayon
- 5 yards of fabric for the top part of the blanket
- 5 yards of fabric for the bottom part
- 1 pound of white or clear plastic pellets per 10 pounds of weight for the user, add one extra pound (or)
- Polly Pellets for blankets (same as above proportion)
- Glass Beads for weighted blankets (same as above proportion)
- Measuring tape
- Small Scale
- Sewing machine
How To Assemble The Blanket – Make At Home DIY Guide
You may become hesitant to make your own weighted blanket because you’re unsure of what to do. Don’t fret, this tutorial will let you know how to assemble the weighted blanket.
- First off, you need to determine the size of your blanket. Make sure you know how big and heavy it should be. For those who want a portable blanket, make sure it’s smaller than your bed. Also, you don’t want the blanket’s edges to fall off the bed, which can be very uncomfortable on your part.
- The materials stated above will create a blanket with an approximate size of 40” x 76”, which is equivalent to a twin bed. Make sure to take into consideration the weight of the fabric, if it’s thicker, weigh it first to make sure you’re going to have an ideal weight for the finished product.
- When you have all measurements ready, assemble the fabric right sides together. Measure about two inches in on two of the long sides and another one of the short sides. This will leave you with a side open. This is where you will add your plastic pellets.
- When you’redone sewing the lines, it’s time to turn the fabric inside out. At this time, it’s better to iron the edges of the blanket so they will look beautiful and even.
- You can now add the weights or plastic pellets inside. Measure the blanket and since you’re taking off about 4 inches from each side, you’ll be left with an area of about 36” x 72”. Now, divide the remaining area into even squares.
- Divide the pellets into even proportions. You can do this by following a formula:
Blanket weight in ounces / the number of squares of the blanket =
number of ounces per square.
- Fill each column with the pellets you want per space. For about 4 x 4 inch compartment, you can add about ¼ cup of pellets. It all depends on your measurements. Take note that the final blanket should not be heavier than about 10 to 15 percent of the child’s body weight and no more than 5 to 10 percent of the ideal weight of an adult.
- After filling in all the spaces, sew along the vertical lines to create channels that are six inches apart from each other. This is where the pellets will be poured. Make sure to shake them so they can settle to the bottom.
- You can now seal the line of the squares by measuring about six inches from the bottom seam. Sew a straight line across it to seal each pocket. Repeat these steps until all the squares have been sealed shut.
- Finish off the blanket by stitching everything and seal up the top row of the squares. At last, you can now use your weighted blanket. Check everything to make sure no pellet will go out of its square space. It might be a good idea to wash the blanket first before using it for the first time.
Final Words – Should You Really Make Your own?
Weighted blankets are beneficial for people with sleep disorders and those suffering from certain conditions. These were proven to alleviate certain symptoms of anxiety, depression, autism, and ADHD, to name a few.
Today, since weighted blankets are in demand, they can get quite expensive. As a result, many people with sleep problems, stress, and anxiety may have a hard time getting a blanket. That’s why a homemade DIY blanket is a good way to reap the benefits of deep touch pressure without spending too much.
There are many ways that can help you make your own weighted blanket. The advantages are they’re customized and they’re personalized. This means that you can choose the type of material, fabric, color, and textile you like. Also, for your kids, you can let them choose the design they want, making it individualized and personalized.
Weighted blankets can benefit a lot of people, especially those who want to have a good night’s sleep. There are many benefits these blankets offer, but the most important one is, providing a calm and relaxing environment to those who are suffering from mental health issues, sensory perception problems, stress disorders, and developmental problems in children.