There are tons of these heavy blankets on the market and a handful of intriguing research studies showing that they really work: people said they feel less anxious when using a weighted blanket, and others say they sleep better to be able to.
Badly weighted blankets can cost you up to $ 100.
If you do not want to spend so much money on a blanket, you can try a budget-saving option that applies to everything from birdhouses to blackout curtains: make your own.
Ready to cuddle? Here are four creative ways you can make your own weighted blanket.
Not for DIY?
Before You Begin
Regardless of which tutorial you choose for your DIY-weighted ceiling, keep in mind some general guidelines:
- Make sure you have all the materials at hand before you start. The last thing you want is to run to the store while your kitchen table is full of poly-fil beads.
- If you're worried about using the polypellets recommended in most tutorials, read Mama Smiles' post here, which lists a number of fill options for differently weighted blankets.
- Pay attention to the numbers. While it may be tempting to stuff as much filler into your blanket as possible, you want it to be only 10-15% of your body weight.
- When you talk about numbers, you decide how big your ceiling should be. It does not have to be as big as a comforter. it just has to cover you or whoever it will use.
- Practice Safe Sewing: Follow these guidelines for safe sewing.
. 1 Make a Weighted Blanket Quilt
Of all the weighted ceiling options, a quilted version is probably the most popular. It seems to be the easiest way, so it has become a standard in the world of weighted blankets. Seriously, if you're looking for weighted ceiling tutorials or weighted ceilings in general, they almost all look like quilts.
This tutorial by The Spruce is very thorough and contains photos for each step. It's not difficult – the lines on the ceiling are already "drawn" for you. If you can operate a sewing machine, you can do this weighted quilt tutorial.
. 2 Make a weighted fleece tie cover
Not a fan of quilts? No problem. Parenting Chaos has blogged a weighted fleece tie cover tutorial: You know, the colorful variety with the frayed edges that all loved as kids. Bonus points, if yours was embroidered with your initials.
This quilt is nothing like the quilted version – it has no visible pockets – and uses tiny pre-sewn bean bags made of polyfil beads rather than pouring the beads open in pockets.
The best part? If you have children, this weighted blanket can grow with them, as it is relatively easy to perform a small blanket operation and add more bean bags.
. 3 Make a Weighted Blanket with a Duvet Cover
I do not have a weighted blanket, but I hear that it is notoriously difficult to wash and dry. Many people seem to get around this hurdle by buying weighted blankets that are supplied with duvet covers. So you can simply take the blanket out of the cover when the cover needs to be washed.
This tutorial by Cutesy Crafts takes you through a simple weighted quilt tutorial followed by a relatively simple tutorial for a large fleece sleeve.
. 4 Make a Travel-sized Weighted Blanket
Fraser, a nonprofit organization for special needs children, has released this travel-weighted blanket tutorial to help parents soothe anxious children. Standard-sized pillowcases are used to create a kind of lap cushion that children can wear.
However, anyone can benefit from a weighted blanket, and you can easily add more pillowcases to make a travel-sized weighted blanket for adults. A smaller version of a weighted blanket is ideal for long car journeys, flights, train journeys or, frankly, situations where you are in a confined space.
Rather a visual person? Watch this
This YouTube tutorial from Man Sewing is the most complete DIY rug video I've ever found in Internetland. Rob Appell, the creator of Man Sewing, shot this video from different angles to help viewers visualize all the steps.
You will find that this is not a full size weighted blanket. While you can create a full-size blanket from the steps in your tutorial, this can also serve as another tutorial for a travel-sized weighted blanket.