My baby’s occupational therapists suspect he is comforted by deep pressure. When I give him compressions, he smiles, so he definitely doesn’t dislike it. We thought he might sleep better if he had some pressure on him while sleeping. So, I looked into a weighted blanket. The more I thought about it, I realized even I would sleep better with one.
There aren’t many people out there making them, and I wasn’t thrilled with the look of the ones out there. Oh, and they’re expensive. So, you know what that means. Sewing project!
The occupational therapist told me the weight should be 10% of his body weight plus one pound, so I was ready to make this thing.
I wasn’t sure how big of a blanket I should make. More coverage seems better, but such a small amount of weight distributed over a huge area seemed like it might not have much impact. I could go either way, but this time I tried out a smaller blanket. It can serve as a lap blanket later, which I saw a lot of online. I could see my bigger little guy focusing better with something like that.
Here’s what I used:
Fabric- I got about half a yard. I chose fleece for durability.
Poly pellets- I picked up a two-pound bag. I could have done more, but this was easier.
Here’s how I did it:
- Fold the fabric, right sides facing.
- Sew 1/2” seams up the two sides, leaving one side open. It should look like a sack.
- Turn the sack inside out.
- Top-stitch the seams.
- Measure sack’s length and width and decide how many squares you will make. I decided to make ~4” squares, so the blanket would be 4×6 squares.
- Place pins marking where the seams will go.
- Sew seams perpendicular to the opening edge, creating channels approximately 4” wide.
- Divide total weight or volume of pellets by the total number of squares you will have. I knew I needed about 1.33oz in each of my 24 squares, so I used my husband’s shipping scale to see what kind of volume weighed that much, then found a measuring cup that was closest to that volume to use as a scooper.
- After the channels are formed, scoop the correct amount of pellets per square and pour it into each channel.
- Settle the pellets into the bottom, and sew, following the pins, to close the first row of squares.
- Repeat until the last row is full of pellets and open at the top.
- Fold the top edges inward.
- Top-stitch the top folded edges.
- Go back and sew along your seam again.
The blanket is finished! (If you make a blanket using this tutorial, I’d love to see a picture of the final product! Feel free to post it in the comments!)
We use it almost every time our baby goes to bed. Sometimes, he’s a little fussy when we put him down, but once he settles a bit, we lay it on him up to his armpits. Then, his eyes close. Yes!
And check out my other tutorials on the DIY page for more inspiration! Have fun!
If you make a blanket using this tutorial, I’d love to see a picture of the final product! Feel free to post it in the comments!