How to Make a Weighted Blanket: Step-by-step Guide
Last Updated on January 13, 2022
A weighted blanket can be one’s drug-free answer to finding relief to ease symptoms of anxiety, depression, attention disorders, and an array of neurological and health concerns. Covering with the blanket allows for a deep pressure touch, much like massage, that works to sooth and calm.
Weighted blankets are exactly what the name states – blankets that are weighted. They are lined with evenly distributed pellets with the blanket’s heaviness determined by the individual’s weight who will be using it. At 10-percent of a person’s weight, the weighted blanket allows for just enough pressure to give one the sense of being held in a comforting hug.
For those seeking to find a blanket to fit into their décor, or a have a fun design to delight a child, may want to consider a fun activity and learn how to make a weighted blanket.
Tools to Make a Weighted Blanket
Although you can sew by hand, using a sewing machine will certainly speed the process to make your own weighted blanket.
- Sewing Machine
- Quilter's Ruler or Tape Measure
- Small Scale
- Rotary Cutter & Board
Materials to Make a Weighted Blanket
More or less fabric may be needed as the size of blanket will determine the amount of fabric. When figuring in how to make a washable weighted blanket you will want to make sure that the pellets are plastic filler beads.
- Fabric (a medium weight flannel type fabric works best)
- 1 pound of plastic pellets per 10 pounds of weight blanket recipient, plus an extra pound
- Polyfill (optional to cushion comfort)
- Tailor’s Soap or Chalk
- Large-Mouth Funnel
- Empty Wrapping Paper Roll
- Small Bowl or Cup to Hold Pellets
Weighted Blanket Measurements
To make your own weighted blanket you need to determine the size. The blanket should lay atop a person, and not tucked in, so does not need to be as large as a normal blanket.
Depending on the person that the blanket is for can determine the size.
- Small for a young child: 34-inches by 50-inches
- Medium for older child or throw: 38-inches by 62-inches
- Large or Twin (use two of these for a King): 38-inches by 72-inches
- Full Size: 56-inches by 72-inches
- Queen Size: 64-inches by 72-inches
Note that you will need to add four-inches to the width and length to accommodate the edge seams. For larger sized blankets, you may need a center seam as well – in this situation add another one-inch to permit for the center half-inch seam allowance.
Fabric should be washed before assembling blanket so one may want to account for shrinkage when determining final measurements.
After deciding what the total size of the blanket will be you will need to measure out a grid pattern of square to be filled with the weighted pellets and polyfill. The grid should be even with squares measuring between three and five inches.
What Weight Should a Weighted Blanket Be
Experts state that weighted blankets should be between seven and twelve-percent of a person’s weight. This is commonly rounded out to 10-percent of one’s weight. With a child, it is recommended that the weighted blanket be 10-percent of the little one’s weight plus an added one to two pounds. Generally, a blanket should not exceed 15-percent of one’s weight. A health professional can help you to determine what weight your blanket should be.
Once the weight is determined it will need to be converted from pounds to ounces. Then subtract weight of fabric, and optional polyfill if being used, to determine weight of pellets needed.
Divide the blanket squares by how many pellets would be needed to equal the total blanket weight. Each square should have the same weight of pellets. Take total chosen blanket weight in ounces and then divide it by the number of squares – this will determine just how many ounces of pellets per square that is needed.
How to Make a Weighted Blanket
Step 1: Collect Materials
Gather up your fabric and the pellets. It is time to start measuring and cutting to pin in preparation to sew.
Step 2: Measure, Cut, and Pin
- Once the size of the blanket is determined it is time to measure and cut the blanket’s top and bottom pieces.
- Place the top and bottom pieces together -right sides in – and pin to hold them in place.
(Note for larger sized blankets you will be sewing a half-inch seam down the center of two lengths of fabric for both the top and bottom pieces.)
- Measure two inches in on all edges – mark this with the tailor’s soap or chalk – inside will be the final size of your blanket.
- Measure half-inch in from all edges and mark with soap or chalk
Step 3: Sew, Turn, Press, and Sew
- On the 5/8-inch mark sew the front and back fabric pieces together on the sides and bottom, but leaving the top side open. For large blankets sew both sides together and leave both top and bottom open (this will make it easier when adding pellets and then bunching fabric into sewing machine to sew seams).
- Clip each corner on a 45-degree angle and then turn fabric right side out and press flat with iron.
- Top stitch on the three (or two) sewn edges 3/8-inches in. This will allow for the two inches you marked from the fabric edge. Begin and end the topstitching to allow the side topstitching to meet at the corner of bottom and top topstitching when blanket is completed.
Step 4: Measure Grid and Sew
- Measure a grid with equal sized square or rectangle boxes – note to account for the extra two-inches at top (or on top and bottom) that has not been sewn yet.
- Use the washable tailor’s chalk or pin to mark grid pattern and pin vertical lines in place.
- Now sew the just the vertical lines of the grid from the bottom to top of blanket to where the two-inch mark is from top edge (for larger blankets allow for the open two-inch at the bottom as well).
Step 5: Weight Pellets
Using the small scale, measure out pellet amount for each square as you go. You will want to first determine the weight of the cup or bowl you are using to hold the pellets on the scale so that you may deduct that weight from the total amount for an accurate pellet amount.
Step 6: Filling Process
- Using the tube and funnel you will begin to place the allotted pellets into each grid box – along with polyfill if you choose to use it.
- Placing tube into a vertical row funnel in pellets to the bottom square (for a larger blanket you will be working out from both sides of the center.
- Once a row is filled, pin along horizontal line to hold pellets in place.
Step 7: Sew as You Fill
- When the row is completed you will sew along the horizontal line that is pinned.
- Continue the filling down vertically and sewing the horizontal row line process for the rest of the blanket.
- Pin, and not sew, at the top of the last row(s) filled
Step 8: Stick Open End(s) to Finish
To finish the blanket off, you will be top stitching the open edge(s).
- Fold the open edges in 5/8-inches and pin together.
- To close top stitch the same 3/8 inch from the edge that you did on the rest of the blanket. Be sure to start and end at the place where the topstitching is ended on the sides.
DIY Option: Buy Weighted Blanket Online
As you attempt to make your own weighted blanket you may realize that you are not ready to commit to the task and opt to purchase one instead. Weighted blankets are easy to purchase online. It is important to do research and not just buy what is cheapest.
When buying the blanket online you will want to make sure that it comes from a reputable manufacturer with a great return policy and warranty. Be sure that the weighted blanket is only made of top-quality materials – as the cheaper blankets are seen to leak pellets which can be a choking hazard as well as turn into a very messy situation.
After undergoing three neck surgeries, Marc knew what it was like to live and sleep in constant pain. In 2001, after searching fruitlessly for a comfortable pillow and mattress that supported his neck and back ... Learn More
Quality • Comfort • Cooling
From $1,120.00 $784.00Shop Mattresses
- How to Choose the Best Mattress for You
- GhostBed’s Mattress Size Guide
- Mattress Disposal & Donation Guide
- Do I Need a Box Spring with My Mattress?
- How You Can Finance a Mattress Easily: Two Finance Options
- When Should I Replace My Mattress: The Definitive Guide
- Three Step-Process to Buying a Mattress Online
- What is the Best Memory Foam Mattress To Purchase?
- Shipping a Mattress: Top Questions Answered
- Memory Foam Mattress in a Box
- How Long Does a Mattress Last?
- How to Choose a Mattress Type: Memory Foam, Latex, Innerspring, Hybrid
- Guide: Why Buy a Split King Mattress Bed
- How Much Does a Good Mattress Cost?
- Guide: Firm vs Soft Mattress - Pros & Cons
- Mattress Firmness Guide & Scale
- Learn How to Clean Your Memory Foam Mattress
- How To Remove Blood Stains From Your Memory Foam Mattress
- How to Get Urine Stains & Smells Out of Your Memory Foam Mattress
- How to Disinfect and Sanitize Your Memory Foam Mattress
- The Benefits and 4-Step Process to Rotating Your Mattress
- Top 10 Reasons for Eco Friendly Mattress Cleaning
- How to Save a Water Damaged Mattress During a Hurricane or Flood
- How To Move a Mattress: Step-by-Step Guide
- Which is Best: Memory Foam vs Spring Mattress
- Which is Best: Foundation vs Boxspring
- Which is Best: Latex vs Memory Foam Mattress
- GhostBed vs. Casper Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Purple Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Leesa Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Tuft & Needle Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Tempur-Pedic Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Lull Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs Loom & Leaf Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Saatva Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs Brooklyn Bedding Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs Helix Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs Novosbed Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs Yogabed Mattress Review
- GhostBed vs. Nectar Mattress Review
- GhostBed Luxe vs Purple 4, Casper Wave, Leesa Sapira & Tempur-Pedic
- 10 Health Benefits of an Adjustable Bed Base
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Amerisleep Adjustable Base Review
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Lucid Adjustable Base Review
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Tempur-Ergo Plus Review
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Leesa Adjustable Base
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Nectar Adjustable Base
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Leggett & Platt Simplicity 3.0 Adjustable Base
- GhostBed Adjustable Base vs Reverie 4M Adjustable Base
- 6 Benefits of Sleeping with Your Legs Elevated
- 9 Benefits of Sleeping Elevated
- 10 Quality of Life Benefits of an Adjustable Base Bed
- 6 Benefits of a Zero Gravity Adjustable Bed Base
- How to Sleep Better with Acid Reflux
- Sleeping Elevated Helps with Spinal Alignment & Spinal Health
- Timeline & History of Adjustable Base Bed
- Why GhostBed’s Adjustable Base is High Quality but Less Expensive Than the Competition?
- GhostPillow vs MyPillow® Comparison
- Cooling Pillow Technology and Benefits
- Guide: How to Wash Any Pillow
- Guide: Best Pillow for Side Sleepers
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Hip Pain for 2021
- Best Sleeping Positions for Back Pain
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Arthritis for 2020
- Guide: Best Firm Mattress for 2020
- Best Mattress for Side Sleepers
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Stomach Sleepers
- Best Mattress for Back Pain
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Kids
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for the Money
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Heavy People
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Athletes
- Guide: The Best Mattresses for All Types of Couples
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Snoring
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Fibromyalgia
- Guide: Best Tips & Mattress for Sex
- What is the Best Side to Sleep on: Left or Right?
- Best Sleep Positions During Pregnancy
- Easy Guide to Determining How Much Sleep You Need
- 16 Tips on How to Fall Asleep Quickly
- 4 Tips to Do When You Can't Sleep
- 9 FAQs: Benefits of Sleeping Cool
- Cooling Tips for Better Sleep
- Guide: Best Cooling Mattress for Hot Sleepers
- Guide: Science and Benefits of Sleeping Cool
- Sleep Trimester Guide for Pregnancy: 1st, 2nd & 3rd Trimester
- Tips for Healthy Sleeping During Pregnancy
- 9 Sleep Tips When Feeling Sick & How to Recover Fast
- Guide: How to Sleep with Insomnia & Sleep Better
- Guide: Restless Legs Syndrome and Sleep
- Guide: Tips & Tricks to Get Kids to Sleep & Recommended Sleep Hours
- Narcolepsy Guide: Signs & Treatments to Relieve Narcolepsy
- Guide: How to sleep Better with a Chronic Illness
- Guide: The Importance of Sleep for Weight Loss
- Sleeping Tips: Complete Sleep Tips Guide for New Moms
- Size Comparison Guide: Twin vs Twin XL Mattress
- Size Comparison Guide: Full vs Queen Mattress
- Size Comparison Guide: King vs Queen Mattress
- Size Comparison Guide: California King vs King Mattress
- The Ultimate Guide to Pillowcases
- Guide: 3 Key Benefits of Silk Pillowcases
- Guide: How to Choose the Best Silk Pillowcase
- Silk Pillowcases: Your Newest Beauty Secret
- Guide: How to Wash Your Silk Pillowcase
- Guide: What is Mulberry Silk?
- How to Care for Your Silk Pillowcase
- How Often to Replace Bed Sheets
- How to Buy the Right Bed Sheets
- How to Wash Bed Sheets
- Guide: Everything You Need to Know About Supima Cotton
- Guide to Cotton Sheets: What to Know About Egyptian, Pima and Supima
- Guide: Why Thread Count Does Not Matter When Buying Sheets
- Guide: Why Buy Cooling Bed Sheets
- Guide: How To Choose the Best Bed Sheets