In this Do-It-Yourself guide you learn how to make a weighted blanket for yourself. Save money and create a blanket that suits your style!
Weighted blankets are made for people who have autism, but there are lots of other significant uses. The pressure of this blanket causes your brain to generate serotonin that is a natural calming chemical in your body. This blanket can also help people with insomnia, sensory disorders, restless leg syndrome, and ADD/ADHD.
This weighted blanket is relatively expensive. But you don’t have to worry because you can reap its benefits by making your own. Making a weighted blanket for adults DIY is simple, most especially if you know how and when to start. Read this guide to know how to make your weighted blanket.
Rotary Cutter and Board
Fabric measuring tape
Wrapping paper roll
Funnel that has a big mouth
Pins and Binder clips
A scale which can measure 1/10 oz. (0.1oz)
Bowls or cups to hold the polyfill pellets
Use one side cotton material and one side flannel for a good balance. The length is personal preference.
54-inch cotton fabric use (exterior)
54-inch flannel fabric (outside)
126 inch or 32-inch muslin
Two pieces of batting 1 1/2 yards long by 40 inch
Poly Fill Pellets: Use as a weight and very costly. So, it is highly advisable to buy plastic and poly pellets for weighted blankets online. You’ll need as much as you wish to put in the blanket. It is highly recommended to make use of approximately 10 percent of the user’s body weight, and you must not exceed about fifteen pounds.
Step #1: Ironing/Measuring
Wash the material/ fabric using cold water, then tumble dry low. This is vital as because it will prevent the material from dwindling after everything is stitched together. After washing and drying the material, iron out the creases and wrinkles, and make use of a straight edge or ruler to trim the uneven or frayed sides.
Step #2: The Inner or Interior Piece
The weighted portion of the blanket is made utilizing two pieces of muslin. Other guides will have to place the muslin inside and then stitch the columns through everything. This is hard to do for some.
Measure the outer fabric (the flannel and cotton pieces from the last step). Probably one of them is going to be smaller. Utilize the smaller piece for this next procedure. Make sure the inner piece is smaller than the outer material. This is vital when you go to stitch the whole thing together. Unless you are able to find extremely wide muslin, you’ll need to piece it jointly to get a large enough piece of material. Ensure to bear in mind the seam allowance once piecing jointly.
If you’re done with this process, ensure you have two pieces of muslin which are identical size as your smaller exterior fabric.
In this part, you will need to use a yardstick. So, the very first step to take is to add a one-inch margin on all sides of your blanket. If you’re skilled at stitching, you can try ¾ inch or even ½ inch margins; however, it is highly advisable to stick with one-inch margin as this will be vital afterward.
After drawing your one-inch margins or borders, you will utilize the rest of your space to make your grid. Every square will be packed with a specific number of beads as this will help a lot in distributing the weight squarely. Like for instance, if your squares were about 6″ by 6″. Between 6 and seven rows by 8and 10 rows more often than not works satisfactorily. After all, these are drawn, you have to pin your cloth jointly and stitch both long sides, one short side, as well as all the columns.
Step #4: Filling Your Blanket
Ready your weighted blanket pellets and beads, funnel, tube, cups, and scale. First and foremost, you need to the number of an ounce you want to place into the blanket. This can be done using dividing the number of an ounce into the number of squares you have. Keep in mind; there is sixteen ounce in a pound. The suggested final weight must be approximately 10 to 15 percent of your body weight. You also have to make sure to zero out the size or range with the weight of the bowl or cup you are utilizing. After done measuring, utilize the funnel and tube to direct the beads into the base of the right square. After filling the row, the next thing to do is to fasten the beads into place and stitch across. Go on for the rest of the blanket.
Step #5: Bringing It All Jointly
You may need assistance with this procedure. Layer the material/cloth in this order- batting outer cloth face up, outer cloth face down, batting, weighted piece.
You may require assistance in laying the weighted piece on top. To do it precisely and accurately you will need to use a binder clip. You will need to use binder clips along with the pins to hold pieces as one.
Now, everything is sewed jointly. The best and easiest way to ensure you get all the pieces is to sew it up, with the part of the walking foot aligned with the external line of the muslin piece. You will have to flip right side out, so ensure you leave adequate open space to turn it over. After stitching the whole thing as one, it is highly advisable to trim the edges. Then turn it over the right side out, ensure it lies flat, and hand stitch the opening closed.
You see, DIY weighted blanket sleep apnea is easy to do if you have the materials and the proper guides. You do not need to wait months or years to put you desired weighed blanket on sale to be able to get it. You can make your own weighted blanket if you have patience and dedication.
And this is the end of our weighted blanket DIY guide. Check out our other articles to learn how to sleep better or if you want to save time and simply just buy a blanket. We have some reviews of different kinds, premium, and cheap ones.