Weighted blankets are a popular trend with many health benefits. People are gravitating towards these types of blankets because they are proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and to help with insomnia. The appeal of this blanket is that it gives off a sensation like you are being hugged. These types of blankets are especially cozy for the winter season.
However, weighted blankets can be expensive. If you want to tackle a new project, and save some money, making a weighted blanket is the project for you. The best part about making a weighted blanket yourself is you can choose whatever materials and size you want.
Sewing is the most common way to make a weighted blanket; however, if you’re feeling extra creative, you can crochet a weighted blanket. Bernat yarn works exceptionally well because they have thick yarn in their collection, as well as yarn specific to blankets.
If you’re new to the crafting world, remember that this isn’t your grandma’s yarn – making a weighted blanket is an intermediate level project. There are patterns out there for making blankets, and you can add a few extra materials to turn it into a weighted blanket.
For deciding the size of your blanket, there are a few factors to consider. First of all, if you’re planning on making a blanket for your bed, a larger size is ideal. If you want a blanket to use when you’re on the couch, it will have to be a size that you can carry. A throw blanket size would be a good fit for this type of project.
As for the weight of the blanket, the general rule of thumb is 10% of your body weight. The blanket can give or take a few pounds within this range.
Many people experiment with various types of fill materials, but the ideal material is plastic polypropylene pellets. This material resembles small pebbles, and the main draw is that they are generally machine washable.
If you are looking to sew your blanket, other materials for your blanket include the following:
- Blanket fabric for both the front and back of the blanket
- A kitchen scale to measure the weight of the blanket
- A ruler and pins
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
Making the Weighted Blanket
Once you have found a blanket pattern, sew your blanket and flip it inside out. Then, make vertical lines at the top opening and measure out your weighted filling. Next, fill each column with filling and then move your blanket up, so the beads transfer to the bottom of the blanket. Pin one row, making a row of squares, and then sew the row together. Keep repeating these steps until all your squares and rows are sewn, and then seal the blanket.
For a crochet blanket, since the Bernat yarn is so heavy, all you need to do is find a crochet pattern that appeals to you and use the bulkiest fabric possible to add weight.
Now that you know how to make a weighted blanket, you can reap the many benefits of this type of blanket. Challenge yourself with a project that will keep you busy this winter, as well as save you money.