How to make a DIY weighted blanket for a child.
Weighted blankets are great for a whole host of issues, including sensory processing disorder, autism, anxiety, and more. Our son had so many issues sleeping and it was recommended that we try a sensory blanket for him to see if it helps with his ability to self soothe, especially at nap and nighttime.
I decided to take his 40×58″ blanket that I made for his toddler bed and turn it into a weighted blanket. I’ll probably make him a twin size quilt… Someday. I’ve heard that jean quilts work well for weighted blankets and don’t use pellets which is nice. Maybe I’ll try that next. This was pretty time intensive, although I think I’ve managed to figure out some clever ways to make it go a little faster and easier.
Supplies for a Weighted Blanket
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Directions for Sewing a DIY Weighted Blanket
I decided to open one long end of the blanket to add the pellets. This meant I needed to sew rip an entire side.
Then I sewed columns up the blanket every 5.75″ to have separations for each pocket.
|I sewed long columns first. Ideally you want the columns to go the longest direction.|
Calculating how much pellets to use for a weighted blanket.
I ordered 4 lbs of the pellets so I decided to use all of them. 4 lbs (16oz each) is 64 oz total. Divide that by 80 squares and I calculated to add .8oz per pocket.
Technically you’re supposed to calculate by their weight, not add extra. This is a good resource for how many pounds of pellets you should add, depending on the weight of your child.
|Weighting pellets for each square.|
I measured out the amount on my scale and inserted that amount into all of my first row of pockets. Then I sewed across to close that pocket. I continued to do this for each row until I finished the whole blanket. Be careful not to sew over the pellets or your needle will break. I definitely broke one.
Here’s the finished product:
I’m glad I was able to use his normal blanket to make this so I’m not introducing anything new into his routine. He seems to like this particular blanket because mommy made it.
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