A weighted blanket is a perfect way to reduce stress, sleep better, and get ready for bed.
I love weighted blankets! They’re a great way to relieve anxiety and calm your nerves—and they’re super easy to make! I don’t know why, but I do. My grandmother had one, and whenever I lay down in bed at night, she would put it on top of me. It always felt so good.
This time I decided to put together a detailed, step-by-step guide to make one of my favorite things: how to make a weighted blanket. In this post, I’ll walk you through all the parts, explain how to make it work, and include a helpful tutorial.
The only thing nicer than producing something from scratch is sharing it with others! So I’m very excited to share with you the story of my weighted blanket and my journey to make it.
Steps to Make a Weighted Blanket:
Take your blanket’s front and back panels. Align these such that the front sides of each panel face each other and the rear sides face outside. Pin the four corners together after exactly aligning the edges.
Line up your material on both sides with your blanket. Pin around an inch into in the fabric and batting all over the border.
Sew three sides together. I will recommend you for keeping it open on the blanket’s shorter side. Flip the blanket inside out once it has been made.
From this one, draw vertical lines through the hole at the top. The number of lines you draw will be determined by the number of squares you desire. If you just want the blanket to contain 16 squares, stitch three lines to create 4 sections.
Then, calculate your weighted fill per square. Fill one square worth of space in each column. Pull the blanket up so that all of the beads drop to the bottom of the blanket, and then pin out one row to make a row of squares. Sew the row together.
You have to repeat this process until all the squares of the blanket are sewn. When you are finished, then sew the edges to complete the blanket.
That’s it. So now I hope that now there will be no issue regarding how to make a weighted blanket at home.
Material used in this process:
- Sewing Machine
- Blanket Weighted filling material
Weight and length Guidelines:
People also ask that how to make your bed with a weighted blanket? When it comes to weight, there is no exact formula. This is because there is no one size fits all. The weight will depend on the individual. So, if you want to find out what the best weight is for you, you need to do some research. One way to do this is to measure your body.
The first step is to measure the length. If you are using a weighted blanket that is too long, it may be uncomfortable and will not help to calm your nerves. However, if you are using a weighted blanket that is too short, it may not be providing enough support and will also not be helpful in helping to calm your nerves.
Once you know the length, the next step is to figure out the weight. This is done by multiplying the length of the blanket by 10% of the body weight plus one or two pounds. This is just a guideline and the effectiveness of the weight will depend on the unique needs of an individual.
Types of materials to be filled in banket:
As different people use different types of materials inside the blanket but I will only suggest you three of them which are comfortable and easily available.
The traditional and most common type of filling for weighted blankets is plastic poly pellets. These pellets are usually made out of polypropylene, and they’re often machine washable. They also come in a variety of colors.
Another common type of filler used in weighted blankets is micro glass beads. They’re usually much smaller than poly pellets, and they’re much more efficient at evenly distributing weight.
The most popular materials for weight blankets are either beans or rice. Beans are very inexpensive and easy to use. Rice is also relatively cheap. These are great options if you want to save a little money. The main disadvantage of beans and rice is that they are not machine washable.
Another common material is aquarium gravel. This is a good option if you don’t mind the smell. It’s also inexpensive and easily available. It’s also the easiest to use. However, it is not machine washable.
Tips for making a weighted blanket:
To build a patchwork weighted blanket, stitch squares rather than marking squares on a wide piece of cloth for the blanket front. Stitch the channel and columns along the seams after that.
To lessen the possibility of your needle breaking, choose a robust, thick needle, such as one meant for stitching denim.
Push the machine through from the edge of your sewing table if at all feasible. Extra table space aids in supporting the weight of the blanket while sewing.
Give proper attention to the project and sew safely. Keep away your kids less than 3 years old from the process as the pins and sewing process can harm them.
In conclusion, A weighted blanket is a wonderful stress reliever and is especially helpful when you are going through a rough time and need something comforting and grounding. I have provided easy steps for how to make a weighted blanket, which I am using for my sewing projects.
These steps are not much difficult but can be tricky. So pay attention to your project and if you have any queries, feel free to ask.