Make Your Own Weighted Blanket

People have just realized how useful and beneficial weighted blankets are. It’s one of the main reasons why their popularity has gone mainstream.

Because weighted blankets don’t come cheap, people find ways on how they can make their own. They probably have an idea how these things are made. They’re likely to turn to the internet for more information and make sure they’re ideas are validated.

Any hobbyist knows that you need to have the right set of skills and tools to complete any DIY project.

Aside from that, you also need to spend time and money. You need to clear your schedule so you can complete your DIY weighted blanket without any glitches. Money, of course, is what you need to purchase all the materials required for your project. 

How to make your own weighted blanket

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • A pair of scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Fabric Marker
  • Weighing scale
  • Measuring cup
  • Funnel
  • Bucket

 

Materials

  • Two pieces of cloth
  • Filling materials

A step by step guide when you make your own weighted blanket

  1. Decide on the size and weight of your blanket.

Base this on the user’s age, size, and body weight. When you have an idea how much the blanket will weigh, calculate how much filling materials to put inside each pocket. The blanket should be approximately 10% of the user’s body weight when you’re finished.

  1. Stitch the fabrics together.

It’s up to you if you’ll choose to stitch ¼”, ½” or ¾” (serves as clearance) from the seams. Start with a “U” shape to keep one side open to make it possible to insert the filling materials. The non-printed side should be facing you as you will turn them inside out later. Always perform a back stitch at the beginning and towards the end when sewing.

The back stitch reinforces the seams. It will prevent the filling materials from spilling out.

  1. Cut the excess threads from the sewed seams.
  2. Once you’ve stitched the three edges together, turn the fabric inside out to display the printed portion of the material.
  3. Measure and mark the vertical and horizontal divisions of your weighted blanket.

It’s up to you how many pockets you want your blanket to have. The smaller the pockets, the longer it will take to finish your blanket and vice versa. The easiest designs to follow are square and rectangular patterns for the divisions.

Use the ruler to draw straight lines. It should look like a grid when your done marking all the vertical and horizontal lines.

  1. Stitch the vertical divisions to create columns.
  2. Stuff each column with equal amounts of filling materials.

Use the weighing scale and measuring cup for precision. Use a funnel and pour the filling materials slowly to ensure there are no spills. Shake the unfinished blanket to let the filling materials settle at the bottom.

Check to see if any filling materials are coming out of the seams. If you can notice any defects with regards to the stitching, you need to pour out all the filling materials stuffed in the unfinished blanket and repeat steps two to seven.

This is necessary to avoid any future accidents. The size of the beads or glass fillings can pose a choking hazard for any user.  

  1. Sew to close the first row of pockets once you’re done filling each column.

Use your finger to make sure there are no small beads in the sewing line to avoid breaking your needle.

  1. Cut the excess threads.
  2. Repeat steps six and seven slowly until you stuff the top-most row of pockets with filling materials.
  3. Close the remaining edge to seal your weighted blanket.
  4. Add a top stitch to increase durability and make it more visually appealing.

Scrutinize it and make the necessary adjustments before proceeding to the final step.

  1. Wash your blanket to get it clean and ready for use.

Congratulations! You’ve just finished making your very own weighted blanket.

How to make a weighted blanket no sew

Tools 

  • A pair of scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Fabric Marker
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Duct tape
  • Weights (books, canned goods, stones, etc.)

 

Materials

  • Two pieces of cloth
  • Filling materials
  • Ziplock bags

A step by step guide on how to make a weighted blanket no sew

  1. Decide on the size and weight of your blanket.

Base this on the user’s age, size, and body weight. When you have an idea how much the blanket will weigh, calculate how much filling materials to put inside each pocket. The blanket should be approximately 10% of the user’s body weight when you’re finished.

  1. Draw a 2”x2” or 3”x3” border on the non-printed side of each fabric.
  2. Measure and mark the divisions/pockets for your no-sew weighted blanket.

You should be able to draw grids on the non-printed sides of each fabric. The grid should have an allowance of 1” to 2” based on the size of the ziplock bag you’re using.

  1. Draw a 1” strip on all edges of each fabric up to the borderline.
  2. Cut all the strips only up to the borderlines.
  3. Place equal amounts of filling materials on a ziplock bag.

Use this time to pre-heat the glue gun. The number of ziplock bags used is equal to the number of pockets of your no-sew weighted blanket. Use the weighing scale and measuring cup for precision.

Use duct tape to seal each ziplock bags after pouring the filling materials. It’s best to vacuum each ziplock bag so it won’t bulge before sealing.

  1. Apply glue on the bottom border of one fabric only.
  2. Attach the other sheet to put them together.

Press the two fabrics together for three to five minutes to ensure a strong bond.

  1. Tie the strips on the bottom edge of the fabric into knots.

You can choose to tie multiple knots to ensure a secure attachment.

  1. Apply glue on the vertical edges of the pockets on the bottom row.
  2. Use the weights to hold down the two fabrics for three to five minutes to attach the vertical divisions of the pockets.

Place the weights around the area applied with melted glue.

  1. Place the filled ziplock bags into the pockets on the first row.
  2. Apply glue on the horizontal line (the top edge of the first row).

Press the two fabrics together for three to five minutes to ensure a strong bond.

  1. Tie the strips on both sides of the first row (the current row you’re working on).
  2. Repeat steps 10 to 14 until you’re done with the second row.
  3. Continue doing step 15 until you’ve worked you’re way up to the top-most row.
  4. Apply glue on the top border to close your no-sew weighted blanket.
  5. Tie the strips on the top edge into knots.

Congratulations! You’ve just finished making your very own no-sew weighted blanket.

Conclusion

A no-sew DIY weighted blanket is more complicated to produce than stitched weighted blankets. You're prone to making a mistake especially during the application of melted glue and pasting the two fabrics together. The quality of the finished product mainly depends on the person’s skill level or craftsmanship.

Sewn weighted blankets, on the other hand, require a mastery of using the sewing machine. It’s the most critical skill to have since the quality of the stitching translates to the durability of your DIY project.

Whatever the case, having fun while doing the project makes it worth your time and effort.