Recently we had a friend of the family who had a loss and I wanted to send her something to help her through this difficult time. I wasn’t quite sure what would be helpful, but I decided to send her a weighted lap blanket.
Weighted blankets are heavy blankets and are thought to help with sensory issues, sleep, stress, and anxiety. They usually have some different types of fabric (like a softer fabric) and the pellets used inside them are special pellets that are safe to be washed.
I made a big weighted blanket for my son and I also wrote a tutorial on how I converted his normal blanket to a weighted blanket. He really loves sleeping with it, although it took him some time to adjust to having the weight on him.
3 Cuts of Fabric: 36″ x 21″
- 1: Back, soft fabric (ie. minky)
- 1: Whatever you want as it will be hidden (if you don’t think it’ll show through).
- 1: Front fabric
This gives you 18 pockets total. Divide the weight you want into those 18 pockets. I had 10 lbs so each pocket had WEIGHT 10 lb/18=160 oz/18= 8.89 oz each pocket
Fill each column with amount of pellets for one pocket. You can also add a little fiberfill to each pocket if you want.
|Quote that I embroidered on the front of the blanket.|
Sew along first horizontal line.
Continue this process for each row. Once at top, sew closed. Don’t hit the beads with your needles. The needle WILL break if you do. In fact, you’re likely to break a needle or two the first time you try to make one of these so you may want to make sure you have extra needles on hand. I broke like 10 needles when I made my first weighted blanket.
Two options here-
- You can use binding
- You can sew right sides together, turn, and top stitch. I used this method.