How To Make A Weighted Blanket: A Comprehensive Tutorial To Follow
Are you familiar with what a weighted blanket is? If you are looking for a blanket that will offer comfort and relaxation, then weighted blanket can be an excellent choice. More importantly, weighted blankets are designed for those with particular disorders for relaxing sensory stimulation and deep pressure as well. If you can’t find one in the market, you can actually make your own blanket. No worry as I will help you with this guide on how to make a weighted blanket..
How To Make A Weighted Blanket
What is a Weighted Blanket?
By the way, what is a weighted blanket? Well, it has a fairly-explanatory name. Weighted blankets are made a lot heavier than the normal ones. Based on the size of the one using it, the blanket could weight in between five to thirty pounds.
The feel of using a weighted blanket might be experienced in some instances like a warm and heavy blanket that is placed on you at the end of a massage table. Or, it could be like an x-ray blanket is being draped over your chest.
Indeed, weighted blankets are intended to aid in improving sleep at the same time reducing anxiety. They could be very effective for those people with autism, sleep disorders or some other sensory processing disorders to help in creating a sense calm.
How Does Weighted Blanket Works?
This kind of blanket works the same with a warm hug as for soothing the user. Weighted blankets create various calming effects in the body once used. There is this thought that the body-wide pressure offered by the said blanket makes the body release that feel-good hormone oxytocin same like you are receiving a hug.
The weighted blanket also offers a firm pressure that helps the brain in releasing the melatonin, the sleep hormone of the body and the natural mood stabilizer referred to as serotonin. With this, the stress hormone cortisol decreases and the stress too. If you add all this, you will experience a deep sense of relaxation reassuring a better night sleep, and you will wake up fully refreshed and rested.
Benefits of a Weighted Blanket
There could be numbers of benefits that a weighted blanket could provide to the user. It has an even pressure which imitates deep pressure touch stimulation. So, the benefits of using weighted blankets include the following:
There is the fact that hugs could make an individual feel at ease. If people hug, the body will release the oxytocin hormone. And this hormone aids in reducing blood pressure, slowing the heart and providing a feeling of great relaxation. So, a weighted blanket imitates the security and warmth which a hug offers. Both of them uses a firm and gentle pressure which goes deep with one’s body providing a sense of repose and lets the body to relax.
- Releases both melatonin and serotonin
If pressure is put on the body, it triggers the release of the chemicals in the brain including the serotonin which triggers the reduction of stress at the same time improving mood. On the other hand, melatonin is also a hormone which promotes sleep and aids in regulating the sleep cycle. And this hormone is linked to the production of serotonin wherein the pressure which triggers the chemical also results to melatonin production.
Since the pressure of the weighted blanket renders a comfortable environment for an individual to fall asleep in, the assurance of sleep improvement is guaranteed. A weighted blanket will create a sense of being swaddled, so the physical connection which the person feels through using this blanket offers a sense of safety and warmth. This leads to mind at ease and relaxed body.
These are the benefits that you might reap out of using a weighted blanket.
Step-by-Step Guide on How To Make A Weighted Blanket
And if you want to make a weighted blanket on your own, things could be a lot easier if guided with a helpful tutorial. Let’s get started!
Of course, before proceeding on the steps on how to make a weighted blanket, gathering all the needed supplies is important. In this tutorial, you will need the following:
- Large ruler
- Rotary cutter and board
- Ironing board and iron
- Fabric measuring tape or yard stick
- Empty wrapping paper roll
- Funnel with large mouth
- A scale
- Binder clips
- Sewing machine
- Bowls or cups to hold the poly fill pellets
And for the blanket supplies, the following are needed:
- 1 ½ yards or 54 inches of cotton fabric
- 1 ½ yards or 54 inches of flannel fabric
- 3 ½ yards or 126 inches of 32 inches muslin
- Two pieces of batting that is at least 1 ½ yards long by 40 inches.
- Poly Fill Pellets considered as the weight in the blanket. Have as much as you want.
And for the steps, here we go:
Step 1. Measuring and Ironing
Wash the fabric with cold water and tumble dry low in a gentle setting. Why do you need to do this? Well, this prevents the material from shrinking once everything is sewed together. After washing and drying the fabric, you need to iron out the creases and wrinkles and utilize the straight edge or ruler to cut off the rough or frayed sides.
Step 2. The Inner Piece
To create the weighted part of this blanket, you will use two pieces of muslin.
For the fabric, measure both the pieces of outer fabric. One should be smaller and use the smaller section for the next step. The inner piece must not be bigger than the smaller outer fabric. This is indeed important during the sewing process.
Unless you can find a wide muslin, there is a need to piece it together as for getting a big enough piece of fabric. You should remember the seam allowance once piecing together. Once done with this, there should be two pieces of muslin with the same size as the smaller outer fabric.
And for the grid, draw on the muslin, and you will need a yardstick here. First, add an inch margin on all the sides of the blanket. Next, use the rest of the space to make the grid. Every square would be filled with a specific amount of beads for even weight distribution.
After making the grid, pin the fabric together and sew both of the long sides, the one short side, and the entire columns.
Step 3. Fill In The Blanket
At this moment, you will use the polyfill pellets, funnel, tube, cups, and scales. Determine the amount that you need to put in the blanket. You can do this by dividing the number of the ounce into the squares that you have. Bear in mind that there could be 16 ounces in a pound and the advised final weight should be at about 10 to 15 percent of user’s weight.
There is also a need to ensure that you zero out the scale with the weight of the bowl or the cup that you are using. After you measure, use the tube as well as the funnel in directing the beads in the lowest part of the right square. And once you have a row that is already filled, there is a need to pin the beads into place and sew across.
You only need to continue this for the rest of the weighted blanket.
Step 4. Bring Them All Together
For the final step, you might need help. You have to layer the fabric in this order – the batting first, then the outer fabric facing up, the outer fabric facing down, batting and the weighted piece. There could be a need for help as you lay the weighted piece on top. And this is where the binder clips are needed.
Binder clips and pins are used to hold the pieces together.
And now, sew it all together. In order to get all the pieces, the easiest way is to stitch with the side of walking foot lined up with the outer line of the muslin piece. There is a need for it to be flipped right side out, so ensure you leave enough space to do it.
After you sew everything all together, it helps a lot if you will trim the corners and then flip it right side out ensuring it lays flat and finally hand stitch the opening closed.
Now, you already made a weighted blanket!
See? Making your own weighted blanket seems too hard if you have no idea on what to do or on where, to begin with. So, with this guide on how to make a weighted blanket, the task seems to be so easy and fast. Start making one for yourself today and enjoy the benefits of having a weighted blanket! Did you find this tutorial helpful? If yes, hit like, leave your comments and share!