When you visit the home section of any department store, it’s inevitable that you’ll come across different products that aim to improve your sleep quality. One of these is a weighted blanket.
As its name suggests, these blankets have more weights inside it, making it heavier than your usual blanket. The weight is incorporated, so it can feel like a firm hug comforting the person using it. These blankets are, in fact, nice to have in any home.
One could say that weighted blankets are one of the gifts of modern technology since they’re great for managing stress, anxiety, and inducing peaceful sleep. Occupational therapists also recommend it for those with special needs. However, these blankets also come with a hefty price tag, so it can be helpful to learn how to make your own.
That said, here are some useful tips when making your weighted blanket.
1. Determine The Best Weight For You
First, begin with determining the weight of the blanket that’s best for the person who’ll use it. That way, you’ll also know how much stuffing you’ll need to prepare.
Generally, the rule of thumb is to prepare stuffing that weighs about 10 percent of the user’s body weight. If this isn’t heavy enough, you can always add more. Besides the weight, remember that your blanket should be comfortable enough for you to move and kick around in at night.
As for the size, it should be more than enough to cover your entire body from the neck down. The standard usually refers to the twin-sized blanket for starters, so make adjustments from that sizing. Remember not to make it bigger than your bed, though, so you’ll also want to consider your bed size when making one.
2. Prepare The Right Materials
The materials and equipment to prepare are generally the same whether you’re making a blanket for an adult or a child. However, the only difference would be in the stuffing. For kids under three years old, it’s not recommended to use small beads for the stuffing.
Here’s what you’ll need to prepare:
• Sewing machine
• Kitchen scale
• Quality thread
• Durable fabric for the front and back of the blanket
• Plastic filler beads, so it’s easier to wash your blanket
• Tailor’s chalk or pencil
3. Choose The Right Fabric
Whatever the fabric you’ll choose for your weighted blanket, you may also want to incorporate a removable cover. This tip is highly recommended for those of you with kids or pets, as it’s inevitable to have stains or pet fur all over it.
For the covers, the best weighted blankets are generally made of cotton or soft mink. Cotton is great if you need cooling because it’s breathable. Mink, on the other hand, is cozier and warmer.
For those with special needs or conditions such as heavy night sweats, light cotton fabric is more advisable to use. Choosing the right fabric is key to your weighted blanket contributing to better quality sleep.
4. Sewing Together The Front And Back Parts
Once the fabric is ready, it’s time to sew the front and back of the blanket together. Think of it as a giant pillowcase with two equal fabric portions that you’ll put together and add stuffing.
If you aren’t good at sewing, you may want to ask for help from someone who can do a better job. You can’t make any mistake with this step, or else the stuffing isn’t going to stay in place.
Once you’ve stitched the front and back together, it’s time to create the vertical channels or the portions that will hold the stuffing. This step might be challenging to understand in detail without a video, so you might want to supplement this information by watching examples on YouTube later on. That way, you know for sure that you’re doing an accurate job.
5. Fill The Vertical Channel With Stuffing Beads
Fill your measuring scoop with the stuffing beads you intend to place on the vertical channels of the blanket. While filling, be sure to shake the beads so that they’re evenly distributed. Also, try to support the weight of the blanket as you sew so that none of the beads will get in the way. Once you’re done, sew the vertical channels up to hold the stuffing beads in place.
With weighted blankets skyrocketing in popularity, this only means one thing: you should get your hands on one, too. Weighted blankets won’t be that popular if they aren’t effective in the purpose that they serve.
For those that swear by weighted blankets, they’d tell you how it’s one of the best investments they’ve ever made to improve their sleep quality. Unfortunately, it also comes with a high price, so it pays to know how to make your own. The tips above will get you by.