DIY Weighted Blanket Tutorial

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:

  1. Fold the fabric, right sides facing.
  2. Sew 1/2” seams up the two sides, leaving one side open.  It should look like a sack.WB1
  3. Turn the sack inside out.WB2
  4. Top-stitch the seams.
  5. 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.
  6. Place pins marking where the seams will go.WB4
  7. Sew seams perpendicular to the opening edge, creating channels approximately 4” wide.WB5WB6
  8. 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.WB7WB9
  9. After the channels are formed, scoop the correct amount of pellets per square and pour it into each channel.WB10
  10. Settle the pellets into the bottom, and sew, following the pins, to close the first row of squares.WB11
  11. Repeat until the last row is full of pellets and open at the top.
  12. Fold the top edges inward.
  13. Top-stitch the top folded edges.
  14. 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!)

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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!

(P.S. - If you don’t have access to the supplies, or don’t have the time to make one yourself, I can make you one!  Check out this page for more details, then email me at suburbamom@gmail.com)

And check out my other tutorials on the DIY page for more inspiration!  Have fun!

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 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!  

 

 

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30 comments for “DIY Weighted Blanket Tutorial

  1. Becki
    January 28, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    How old is your son? I feel like my daughter would love this but I worry about suffocating her! It is too cute!

    • suburbamom
      February 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

      I advise not using a weighted blanket until your pediatrician and yourself agree your child is ready. Every child is different. :)

  2. angela
    March 18, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I sent you an email. I am in despite need of some help in regards to weighted blankets

    • suburbamom
      April 8, 2015 at 10:58 am

      I got it Angela. I hope you got my reply. I’d love to help!

  3. Candace
    March 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I made a blanket for my Granddaughter with pockets and small weighted bad which could be taken out to adjust the weight pf the blanket. Turned out really well.

    • suburbamom
      April 8, 2015 at 11:01 am

      That’s great to hear Candace! Those are a versatile option for growing children! Just a little more complicated than I thought I could make efficiently. But I’m glad it has worked for your granddaughter!! Do you have a pic you could share of the final product?

  4. Candace
    March 27, 2015 at 11:36 am

    BAGS Sorry

  5. Mark o herlihy
    April 7, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Good job,well done

    • suburbamom
      April 8, 2015 at 10:57 am

      Thanks Mark!

  6. Heather Hicks
    April 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I made one today. Mine is about 27″x36″ and weighs almost 4 lbs. I
    made it with minky on both sides so it would be extra soft for my
    snuggly guy. I have 1 lb of pellets left over, and a little fabric, so
    if he likes it, I plan to make a lovey that he can carry around with
    him.

    • Heather Hicks
      April 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Oh, and thank you for the tutorial! It wasn’t hard to make at all, but it’s nice having someone else’s experience to go by.

      • Heather Hicks
        April 9, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        My son is 2 years old and while he’s just beginning to show signs of sensory seeking, he has Down syndrome and his OT thought one of these might work well for him. If nothing else, I find it comforting just to hold in my lap!

        • suburbamom
          April 10, 2015 at 11:53 pm

          That is the cutest blanket! I’m glad the tutorial worked for you. I love the feel of minky, but have found it to slip around a lot. My son doesn’t always keep his blanket on, but he always asks for it at bedtime, so the familiarity, and maybe the initial feeling, is important to him.

          • Heather Hicks
            April 11, 2015 at 9:41 am

            It does slip around a lot. So far it doesn’t matter for my son. He’s young enough that he doesn’t really keep a blanket on anyway, so it’s more of a snuggly thing. As he gets bigger, if I make another one I may use fleece like you did.

          • suburbamom
            May 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm

            I meant that the minky tends to slip and change shape as I’m trying to cut, line it up, and sew it. I sure do love the feel of it, so I won’t give up! Just look at how great yours looks!

  7. lacey .smucker
    June 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    i was wondering can you make the blanket like you do with quilts, that you piece the top and have a solid back?

    • suburbamom
      June 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      You sure can! I would piece the top layer, then sew it to
      the bottom layer around the edges, then do the channels just like in the
      tutorial. Great idea!

  8. Tessa
    July 13, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Where did you buy the polly pellets from and are they washable?

    • September 28, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      I buy the poly pellets at the local fabric and craft store. They can be washed and dried!

  9. Joy S. Barlean
    May 20, 2016 at 11:16 am

    How do you wash your blanket? I want to make a couple for my kids and I’d like to male sure it’s easy to wash.

    • suburbamom
      February 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      I wash in the washing machine, and dry in the dryer.

  10. Donna C
    December 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    What does anyone think about using Percale weave sheets for both sides of the blanket? My son sleeps so hot and doesn’t care much for the heat of blankets. Since a Percale weave makes sheets so cool, I think it would do the same for a weighted ‘blanket’. I just wonder about the durability. Thoughts?

    • suburbamom
      February 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      I think it’s worth a try!

  11. Diane
    April 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    How do you figure how much pellets to use if a child weighs 21 lbs?

    • September 28, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      The maximum weight recommended by occupational therapists is 10% of the user’s body weight plus one pound. I would talk to the pediatrician about what would work best for your little one.

  12. Dawn Kauffman
    November 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I just had a customer at a craft show ask if I could make her a weighted blanket. Do you mind if I use your tutorial to fill her order?

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