A lot of people complain they are not getting proper sleep regularly. Without sound sleep, the daily stress of a hectic work-life, handling kids, maintaining a household, everything might seem quite overwhelming.
On top of that, if you’re an insomniac, you know how the stress feels like increasing at a 10x rate. In this case, we think it’ll be best if you change your sleeping blanket right now.
A well-made weighted blanket will reduce anxiety and help you to sleep just like a baby. These blankets create a deep-pressure touch that calms the nervous system. You’ll feel as if the extra weight is hugging you into deep relaxation and sending you to sleep.
Comparing to the regular ones, these blankets are quite expensive, but you don’t have to worry about that. We’ve come up with the best method on how to make a weighted blanket at home!
You’ll just need a few supplies and the guideline, and voila! You have your own weighted blanket.
Can Kids Use Weighted Blankets?
Weighted blankets are not only suitable for adults but also beneficial for kids too! If your kids have sleeping disorders or self-regulating problems, weighted blankets can help them fight these troubles.
Therapists suggest that kids or adults who have signs of severe anxiety, post-traumatic stress order, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, etc. must use weighted blankets to get their nerves deeply relaxed.
They must maintain proper sleep and weighted blankets do the job correctly.
Before we start talking about how to make a weighted blanket, you should keep in mind some safety precautions while using these blankets.
- Don’t make your blanket too heavy that it feels like a restraint.
- Refrain from covering your two-year-old or even younger toddler with a weighted blanket.
- Design separate blankets for kids and adults.
- See if your child can put on/off the blanket by himself/herself. Remember to always keep their head and neck uncovered.
Guide on How to Make a Weighted Blanket
We’ve already discussed the importance and eligibility of wearing a weighted blanket. Now, let’s hope for making one! We’re pretty sure you’ll love it once you are done with all the sewing.
Before getting into the instructions, make sure you have all the essential supplies and materials available.
Also, we’ve provided a calculation below on what size and weight should be your blanket. Note that the measurement will be completely different when you make a kid’s weighted blanket.
- Kitchen Scale
- Ruler / Measuring Tape
- Sewing Machine
- Marking tool/chalk
- Durable fabric for the top and bottom
- Plastic filler beads/pellets
- High-quality thread
You can make a weighted blanket according to your choice. You’re free to decide on the length and width. However, notice the use of this blanket.
If you want to make a blanket for the top of your bed, measure it according to your bed size. Again, if you feel like comforting yourself by hugging your blanket on the couch, go for your height measurement.
You’ll definitely don’t want the excess part of the blanket dragging on the floor!
So, here’s a rough calculation that we would like to show you. It’s unnecessary to maintain the exact same inches, but make sure to remember those ratios correctly while making smaller or larger blankets.
First of all, you need to determine the size of quilted squares your blanket will require. A rough three to five inches will be sufficient for each square. Ensure that the measurement of the blanket entirely is equal to the number of squares.
You can add four inches more to give your blanket an appealing look with some extra inches on the sides.
While making a blanket, you must ensure for whom the blanket is being made. If it’s for a child, then the weight should definitely be lighter than a grown-up’s blanket. More importantly, if it’s for a person with special needs, you must consult an occupational therapist before adding weights.
Generally, experts suggest that a safe weighted blanket should be 10% of a person’s body weight. You can add a pound or two to make it more comfortable.
After you’ve decided on the weight, make sure to scale pellets or beads volume per square. Please use a kitchen scale to measure the pellets; otherwise, you might end up making your blanket heavier or lighter than the accurate calculation.
How to Make a Weighted Blanket: Instructions
So, we’ve learned how to measure the size and weight of the blanket. Now it’s time to really start sewing the blanket and giving it a finished look.
Follow the instructions below, step by step, and see the results for yourself at the end:
- First, take the top and bottom part of your blanket. Place them in a way so that both of the panels are facing towards each other. You have to notice that the back of the panels must face outward. Then you have to align the corners perfectly and them down.
- Take your batting on the sides of the blanket and sew them on both sides. Don’t forget to pin an inch into them; your blanket fabric and batting won’t be steady.
- Keeping one side open, sew the other three sides of the blanket. Leave the shorter side open. After you’re done with sewing, carefully flip the blanket inside out.
- At this point, you have to create vertical lines on the top of your blanket. The lines will depend on how many squares you’ll put in it.
- Then, you need to fill the vertical columns with filling. Use the previously weighted beads for each square. Pull up the blanket so that the beads can go down at the bottom. After that, pinout each row and sew the squares. Keep repeating this step until the blanket is wholly sewed up.
- Finally, trim those loose ends at the edge and finish making your weighted blanket.
Wearing your own handmade weighted blanket is relaxing. However, if you don’t have the time or expertise, you can always look up for hiring a professional.
Whether you’re making it by yourself or by artisans, always remember to maintain the proper weight and size. The blankets can vary according to a person’s need or taste.
We tried our best to provide you with the easiest method of making your own DIY weighted blanket at home. You can give it a try and see how you feel about it.
Well, we can definitely assure you one thing, you’ll feel a lot better after you’ll see the results!