How are Weighted Blankets made?
Making a weighted blanket requires adequate handicraft or homemaking skills. It’s more challenging to produce than your standard blankets.
Your skill level will significantly influence the outcome of your finished product. The quality, design, and the time it took you to finish the whole project reflect your skill level.
Even if you’re just a beginner, it’s still a doable project.
What you need is the right mentality and access to the right kind of tools, equipment, and materials to help you get it right. Making mistakes is part of your learning process. Being motivated will push you to go on and finish what you started. It will come in handy when you are having difficulties or confusion on what to do next.
When you hit a wall, you can always look for help on the internet. Keywords like “how are weighted blankets made” or “DIY weighted blankets tutorial” should offer you solutions.
What’s important is that you’re excited to learn something new along the way.
How is a weighted blanket made?
To make a weighted blanket from scratch, you will need tools, equipment, and materials. To gather the things you need, get ready to spend money. On top of it all, you need to commit yourself to this undertaking.
Here are the tools and equipment you need to make a DIY weighted blanket
- Sewing machine
The sewing machine will help you speed up the whole process from start to finish. Making the weighted blanket requires a lot of stitching to be done. Using a sewing machine dramatically improves its look and durability.
Since it’s primarily built for stitching tasks, the stitches are of uniform length and spacing. The blanket is made more durable because of the lockstitch. It’s the kind of stitch where the sheet/s are sewn from both sides that lock them tightly.
Manually doing the stitching is possible but labor-intensive. With a sewing machine, you can sew the entire length or width of the blanket in a matter of seconds.
- Extra needles
The needle is in constant motion and contact with the fabric. It pierces the cloth to insert the thread in one sweeping motion. When it hits a hard part, like the folded seams of the blanket, it will break. Have extra needles ready to keep your momentum going.
- A pair of scissors
You need to cut and shape the sheets to size. Aside from that, you also need it to cut the excess threads when you’re done sewing the edges or divisions of the blanket. Using fabric shears makes your job easier than using a pair of scissors for cutting paper.
- Measuring tape
Your weighted blanket needs to be of a certain size. You must reduce the sheets to the specified dimensions precisely. Use a measuring tape for accuracy and precision.
The thread is what keeps your weighted blanket together. Choosing which colors to use depends on the color scheme and design of the weighted blanket. The quantity, on the other hand, is directly proportional to the size of the blanket and how many divisions it will have to house the filling materials.
- Chalk or crayon
You need this one to mark your fabric. The markings will serve as your visual guide.
- Kitchen scale or measuring cup
The filling materials need to be distributed evenly in every pocket. You need to measure the weight of the filling materials you put inside each pocket.
You need a container that’s big enough to gather the filling materials together.
Serves as the pathway when pouring the filling materials into the individual pockets.
A funnel prevents spills from happening when pouring the filling materials.
- Work area
You need a place to do all the work that’s free from distractions. It will allow you to focus on completing your DIY weighted blanket project.
- Straight Ruler
You will use the edge to draw a straight line for your markings.
The materials you need to make a DIY weighted blanket
There are a lot of fabric materials you can choose from. They will serve as the outer sheets for your weighted blanket. Cotton, linen, and bamboo fabric are the ideal choice if you want a breathable material.
If you want materials that keep you warm, your popular choices are fleece, polyester, flannel, mink or wool.
To help you decide, picture out what you want your weighted blanket to be. From there, narrow down your list of choices based on the texture, appearance, and price.
- Filling materials
The filling materials give your blanket the extra weight. You can choose to fill your weighted blanket with organic or synthetic materials.
Synthetic materials are a popular choice because they make your blanket easier to clean. They won’t degrade over time no matter how many times you wash them via the washing machine.
Organic materials, on the other hand, are cheaper than synthetic fillers. The only downside is that they will degrade once they get wet. Examples of natural filling materials are rice, barley, or corn seeds. Putting them inside a plastic bag protects them from getting wet, but it’s not guaranteed.
Better go for synthetic filling materials like poly pellets or glass beads. They're expensive but are worth the price because of their durability.
A detailed and step-by-step guide in making a DIY weighted blanket
- Gather everything you need in your designated work area.
- Keep them organized so you can quickly locate what you need at the proper time.
- Pour the filling materials into the bucket.
- Finalize how you want your finished product to look like.
- Know the exact details of the dimensions of the blanket and pockets including the allowances.
- Know how many pockets your weighted blanket will have.
- Calculate the actual weight of the filling materials you’ll pour into each pocket to achieve the blanket’s desired weight once all the pockets are filled.
- Know the exact colors of the thread you’ll be using.
- Make the necessary measurements based on the blanket’s actual dimensions.
- Do this on the non-printed side of one fabric only.
- Fold the sheets neatly.
- Use the edge of the ruler to draw a straight line based on the fold.
- Cut the materials to the desired size.
- Follow the markings you made earlier on the non-printed side of the fabric.
- Double-check everything before you start cutting as making a mistake on this step is a costly error.
- Sew to attach the fabrics.
- Start on the three outer borders (bottom, left, and right sides) first.
- Make sure to add a back stitch at the beginning and towards the end of the edges.
- Flip the fabric inside out.
- It will display the printed side of the outer sheets.
- It’s easier to make the measurements and markings for the pockets.
- Mark the horizontal and vertical measurements of the pockets.
- Do this on the printed side of one sheet only.
- Draw the lines for the divisions of the pockets.
- Use the straight edge of the ruler.
- The result should look like a drawing a lot of squares or a grid.
- Sew the vertical divisions of the pockets.
- The top outer border is intentionally left open so that you can pour the filling materials without any problems.
- Sewing the horizontal division is only done after pouring the fillers.
- Pour equal amounts of filling materials per pocket.
- Use the kitchen scale or measuring cup for accuracy.
- Use the funnel to avoid spills and ensure each pocket is filled with the same amount.
- Use the tube to serve as the pathway for the fillers.
- Shake the blanket gently after pouring to ensure the poly pellets or glass beads have settled down inside the pocket.
- Repeat the procedure until all pockets on the first row/level have been poured with filling materials.
- Close the first row of pockets by sewing the first horizontal line.
- Use your thumb to ensure the filling materials are tucked away safely to avoid breaking the needle.
- Make sure to add a back stitch at the beginning and towards the end of the edges.
- Repeat steps #10 and #11.
- Do this until you have filled each pocket per row until you reach the top-most level.
- Sew the seam of the top outer border to close the blanket completely.
Based on the steps, it’s evident that going the DIY route is a very complicated process. You also ask yourself if your handicraft skills are enough to come up with a presentable finished product.
Will you be proud to show it off to your friends once completed?
For beginners or hobbyists, it will take you around eight to ten hours or more. Assuming that you’ll dedicate 100% of your time and energy during your day off. If you’re a total newbie, mistakes are a regular part of the learning process. You will end up taking more time as long as you don’t get discouraged or lazy.
For highly-skilled persons, the ones who do this for a living, it would probably take them three to five hours to complete one weighted blanket.
The question now after going through the step by step procedure is, are you still willing?
Advantages and Disadvantages of a DIY weighted blanket project
Undoubtedly, you’re going to learn a new skill. It’s something you can be proud of because you did all the hard work yourself. You will proudly say to your friends that you’re the one who made it when the outcome is better than expected.
You keep yourself busy and do something meaningful in the process.
If you don’t have the tools, you’re bound to buy it. Which only leads you to spend more money. Going the DIY route is not the best approach all the time. If your finished product looks awful, you’ll think about what if you just bought one. You get to save yourself a headache and enjoy the product immediately.
A DIY weighted blanket project is a hit or miss approach. It’s up to you if you can live with the results without regrets.