In this winter season we all want to be warm. The heaters, blankets, quilts all come to serve us. Hot chocolates and hot coffees are our best friends in such a weather. Let us now make customized weighted blankets for ourselves. Weighted blankets provide with the feeling of a hug. They are found to be helpful in the cases of anxiety and depression. They are also proved to lower stress levels.
DIY Weighted Blanket-How To Make A Weighted Blanket
First of all spread two folds of fleece and then line the batting on it. Pin along all the sides. Sew this in the way spread out first. Remove the pins as you keep on sewing. Flip the whole blanket inside out. Sew along the lines at equal distances. Fill in the plastic pellets in the rows evenly. Next add pins to create equal spaced pockets and cut the extra threads on the blanket. Your blanket is ready to be used. This video is very nice in execution, time lapse is placed at the right positions. For better understanding of this easy to understand tutorial video look up:
This one is a step-wise tutorial to help you make a weighted blanket. It has mentioned all the supplies and requirements in the start. You must keep in mind that the blanket should only be 10% of body weight + 1 pound. If the blanket is heavier than this, it will be difficult to use it. Start with two layers of cloth of the required dimensions (preferably mink or fleece). Now sew its three sides using a sewing machine. Now sew the columns. Pour the pellets inside the columns and keep a measuring cup while pouring so that you do not happen to add more than required pellets. Use pins to mark the rows. Now sew the rows. This will form the pockets in the blanket. Make sure the pellets have not shifted from their position. The difficult part is to manage the number of pellets in every pocket. Take care that the pellets do not slip . For better understanding of this lightweight weighted blanket look up:
Do not have a sewing machine but still want to try this, do not worry we have solution. We are going to use zip-lock bags and rice to make this no-sew weighted blanket. First of all divide the amount of rice to be used in the zip-lock bags. This will give us an idea of the dimensions. You can also go otherwise, first deciding the dimensions and then filling in the rice in each of them. Once you have laid all the filled zip-lock backs, start taping them in rows. Cover all the bags in tape slowly and steadily. Once all the area is covered in tape, sew or buy a fabric cover for your blanket. The only downside of this blanket is that it is not very much flexible. If you still want to keep it flexible, try to sew them onto a cloth using a needle and use less of the taping material. For better understanding of this no-sew DIY blanket project look up:DIY Sewing Tutorial :Guide on How To Make A Weighted Blanket
Now let us make an anxiety buster. It will be a big time help in lowering your stress levels. Now we are going to make a base blanket and place it inside a duvet cover. Duvet cover will give it a soft and stress busting properties. Start with making the base blanket by sewing in clothes of the outer cover. Give the outer base nice quilling sew. This will ensure that the inner material does not move here and there. Cover this base blanket in a duvet cover. For better understanding of this duvet weighted blanket look up:DIY Sewing Tutorial :Guide on How To Make A Weighted Blanket
Let us try a new method. In this method take an outer cover and sew long channels in it. In the video 10×3 pockets have been made. Now make 1inch square pockets using fleece material. Fill in the poly pellets inside these fleece pockets. Now push these pockets inside the columns sewn into the blanket cover. If you do not seal these pockets, then you can even change the fleece pockets or wash the outer cover by taking the pockets out. To understand this new method look up this methodical video:DIY Sewing Tutorial :Guide on How To Make A Weighted Blanket
Let us bust all our stress using these ideas for a stress and anxiety free nation. These blankets can also be made for small children as they are soft and give a soft hug and warmth feeling. Just go on and try all of these DIYs for all the loved ones to give them a customised weighted blanket. These blankets can also be used as shawls. Sit inside your weighted blanket and enjoy your hot cocoa.