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How To Make A Weighted Blanket Without Pellets: 5 Options

Weighted blankets are great to use for warmth, but do you know how to make a weighted blanket without pellets?

Simple—just use alternative fabrics like wool or denim or alternative fillers like glass microbeads or rice and beans.

If you are not sure how to get your project started, below are tips to help you make your weighted blanket without using plastic pellets for a more eco-friendly alternative.

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Make A Weighted Blanket Without Pellets

You will need two fabrics of the same size to make your blanket. You can use a lightweight fabric such as cotton or a warmer fabric like flannel or fleece.

Ensure that you have enough fabric to make the blanket your desired dimensions plus an added inch to the length and width for seam allowance.

Step #2. Calculate the weight of your blanket

Your blanket weight should be ten percent of your ideal weight as an adult or a tenth of the current weight of a child.

It is important not to make the blanket too heavy because it could either weigh you down, make it difficult for you to move, or even prevent you from breathing properly.

Step #3. Secure your fabric pieces together

Measure your fabric to the same size.

Align and pin three sides of both pieces with the printed sides facing each other, and sew half an inch from each of the pinned sides.

Begin sewing at a corner and sew all around the pinned edges.

Make sure to leave one of the edges open to put the fillers later on, then turn the blanket right side out and push out the fabric around the inner corners as necessary.

Step #4. Measure and mark the blanket sections

Make a mark every ten centimeters on the open edge of the blanket and one adjacent edge.

Use chalk to make these marks. Create a grid and divide the total weight by the number of squares on your grid.

This is so that your blanket will evenly distribute the weight.

Step #5. Filling and sewing the blanket

Sew straight stitches down the lines you have marked along the open edge of the blanket. This is where you will be pouring down your blanket fillers later on.

Measure the amount of filling you need for each square and pour down the number of pellets for each of the columns. Sew across the columns to secure your squares.

Continue filling the columns and sewing across the blanket until you distribute the required amount of filling to all the squares, and finish the edge of the blanket with a folded seam.

Step #6. Add borders for comfort

If you wish to add borders to the blanket, you can do so. Choose a luxurious or soft fabric like satin.

Fold over each of the fabric strips and iron along the folded edges to make a crease.

Wrap a strip around the edge of the blanket, pin, and sew. Do this for all four edges.

Poly Pellet Alternatives

While poly pellets are commonly used as fillers for weighted blankets, the material is not very eco-friendly. Here are some poly pellet alternatives to use instead.

Micro glass beads resemble white sand or salt but are perfectly smooth.

They are environmentally friendly alternatives to poly pellets and are hypoallergenic, making the material machine-washable and dryer safe.

Steel shot beads are larger and heavier than glass beads, making them less likely to leak through the stitches of the blanket.

They are also extremely durable and allergen-free. Like micro glass beads, they are machine washable.

• Sand

Sand can also be used as fillers for weighted blankets. However, most sands are only semi-organic, and craft sand tends to clump when it gets wet.

It also does not disperse as evenly throughout the blanket and is likely to leak through the stitching.

If sand is used as filler, make sure to reinforce stitches and consider sending them to the dry cleaners for periodic cleaning.

• Rice and beans

Some companies use dried food such as uncooked rice, beans, corn barley, or pasta as fillers for weighted blankets.

However, food will likely deteriorate, making them less durable material. They can also grow mold and fungus or attract insects.

Most of these foods also tend to expand when they absorb water, and they alter the weight and shape of the blanket.

• Pebbles

Another option is to use pebbles and rocks. However, since they are not always the same size, it can be difficult to distribute their weight in the blanket evenly.

If you prefer to add stones to your weighted blanket, opt for smaller ones similar in size.

If you’re using river stones or pebbles, make sure to dry them out completely before sewing them into the blanket lining.

Conclusion

Weighted blankets are very comfortable. They feel like hugs, keep you warm, and alleviates anxiety. They are also easy to make.

If you want to know how to make a weighted blanket without pellets, your best option is to use alternatives like glass microbeads.

You could also go more organic and use dried food like rice and beans, but you have to put more care into your blanket to avoid molds, fungi, and insects.

Learn How To Bind A Baby Blanket At Home In 12 Easy Steps

Making baby blankets is one thing; learning how to bind a baby blanket is another.

You can sew a baby blanket to bind it. The details are below, and we added other baby blanket-related topics after it as well.

You will learn a lot of things in this article, especially if you’re a new parent. Be sure to give the whole thing a read!

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Bind A Baby Blanket

Here are the materials you need; for the fabrics, you need 1 and 1/4 backing/binding, plus 7 or 8 yards of contrasting fabric.

You also need a rotary cutter, a ruler, a mat, and an erasable ink pen.

Lastly, you need a sewing machine.

Step #2. Fabric

First, cut the binding fabric into 40”x40” squares. Next, cut your contrast fabric into 30”x30” squares.

Then, diagonally fold the squares to ensure that they are indeed square.

You can cut the squares smaller, but ensure that the binding fabric is 10” bigger than the contrast fabric.

Step #3. Find the center

Place the contrast fabric in the middle of the cotton square with the right side up.

Step #4. Pin

First, find the center of one side of your contrast fabric and your backing fabric. Then, pin the center and edges of the contrast fabric to the edges of the backing fabric.

Leave one inch of contrast fabric’s corners unpinned. You will have at least 5” space of fabric on either side.

Next, find the center on the other sides and pin them as well.

Step #5. Floppy

You should have floppy triangles on the fabric corners after pinning them.

Step 6. Mark

Mark a dot 1/4” from both edges on all corners. Use a ruler.

Step #7. Sew

Sew all the edges together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Leave an 8” opening on one side so you can turn the blanket with the right side out.

When you are sewing one side, pull the next one out of the way. Sew the seams until the 1/4” dot.

Lift the needle when you reach the dot and turn the blanket.

Pull the backing fabric from the side you were working on. Then, sew the next side of the backing fabric from the 1/4” dot.

The floppy outside corners would still be open.

Step #8. Mitered corners

Pull the center fabric away from the backing fabric to make mitered corners.

Begin from one corner and pull it, then match the raw outside edges and make a triangle.

Diagonally fold the center fabric in half, match it to the intersecting seams. This should have a 45-degree angle next to the triangle flap.

Mark a line from the seam ends using a ruler. Then, draw along the outside folded edge of the binding fabric.

Step #9. Trim

Sew from the 1/4” endpoint of the original seam to the edge of the folded binding fabric.

Then, trim the excess flap 1/4” away from the new seam. Discard the excess.

Step #10. Flatten and press

Flatten the new seam open, then press it. Press the other seams, too, and make sure they remain flat even when you turn them with the right side up.

Finally, flatten and press the remaining corners as well.

Step #11. Right side out

Turn the blanket right side out when all corners are mitered. Shape the blanket carefully, then press the outside edges.

Tuck the center fabric’s edges toward the outside or binding fabric. Pin the edges together.

Step #12. Top stitch

Top stitch along the edges of the center fabric. Close the opening for turning.

Top stitch the outside blanket as well. Do the same thing on the middle of the center fabric as well to prevent it from shifting when being washed.

What is a self-binding baby blanket?

The steps above tell you how to make a self-binding baby blanket. Here, we’ll clarify the difference between a self-binding blanket and a traditionally bound one.

First, the former uses backing fabric. This is to make a finished edge outside the quilt, which gives it an applied binding look.

A self-bound blanket also takes less time to finish.

You can self-bind your quilts if you do not use them extensively because the outer edges of quilts are prone to damage.

Since the self-bound blanket only has one layer, it is not as sturdy as traditionally bound ones.

What is a baby blanket?

There are numerous variations of baby blankets. However, there are four main types; these are receiving blankets, swaddling blankets, security blankets, and crib blankets.

The receiving blanket is the most versatile among the four, while the swaddling blankets are for swaddling only.

A security blanket is generally made of soft fabric and made to provide comfort for your newborn.

Lastly, crib blankets have different types as well, from sheets to bedding sets.

Nonetheless, choosing one should be based on safety and comfort first.

Conclusion

Learning how to bind a baby blanket by yourself is challenging, especially since it is for your baby.

Despite the challenge, we assure you that it’s worth it when your baby lays on it and loves it!