Making a weighted blanket in a great alternative to buying a from a store or manufacturer if you have the time and ability to do so. You can completely customize everything about your blanket choosing the perfect options for you. Some things you might need:

  • Plastic Pellets
  • Fabric for the top of the blanket
  • Fabric for the bottom of the blanket
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine

 

Select a material

Select material to be used for the front and the back of the blanket. You can use different materials for each side to create a unique style and feel.

 

Decide on a size

Determine the size of blanket you will need and measure the fabric appropriately. You can measure out the two sides of the blanket. See the table below for common sizes for twin, full, queen, and king size beds. You can also make smaller for smaller children.

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Decide on a weight

The weight of the blanket is extremely important as you do not want it to be too heavy to the point where it is uncomfortable or too light where it is not doing its job. Generally about 10% of the users weight is appropriate:

Person WeightBlanket Weight
100 lbs12 lbs
105 lbs12 lbs
110 lbs13 lbs
115 lbs13 lbs
120 lbs15 lbs
125 lbs15 lbs
130 lbs16 lbs
135 lbs16 lbs
140 lbs16 lbs
145 lbs16 lbs
150 lbs16 lbs
160 lbs18 lbs
165 lbs18 lbs
170 lbs18 lbs
175 lbs19 lbs
180 lbs20 lbs
185 lbs20 lbs
190 lbs20 lbs
195 lbs20 lbs
200 lbs21 lbs
210 lbs22 lbs
220 lbs22 lbs
230 lbs23 lbs

 

Getting Started

Place the fabrics of the front and the back together. Measure a few inches along the sides where you can put the pellets, leaving one side open. Sew on the lines, then flip the blanket inside out

Measure out a grid for the where the pellets will go based on the size blanket so all squares are even. Sew to make even pockets where pellets will go.

 

Weighing out the Pellets

Weigh out the number of pellets needed. so the weight is evenly distributed and ends up at the desired weight for your blanket. If there are 12 pockets it should be the total weight divided by 12 that will go into each pocket. Once all of the pockets are sewn pour the weight of pellets into each pocket.

 

Finish

Sew the blanket shut and you will now have your own homemade weighted blanket to enjoy!