2 Easy Ways How To Make A Weighted Sensory Blanket

It is helpful for you to know how to make a weighted sensory blanket, especially if you suffer from anxiety leading to sleep problems. This is why we’ve written two ways to make a weighted blanket for you or someone you know. So read on and enjoy!

 

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Steps In Making A Weighted Blanket That Is Sensory Friendly

 

Step #1. Prepare the materials

For this project, the materials you need are a sewing machine, poly pellets, fabric, thread, and scissors. For the fabric, you can use duvet covers or receiving blankets.

 

Step #2. Start stitching

Sew the three sides of your fabric first. Make sure one side isn’t stitched; that is where you will put the pellets in. After stitching the sides, stitch columns on the blankets with four inches of space between each stitch.

If your blanket is huge, you can opt to leave two sides without stitches and proceed to make a center seam. This way, you will work from the center to the ends of your blanket. This is to ensure that you will be able to fill your large blanket accordingly.

 

Step #3. Add the pellets

Prepare the pellets and fill each column or row of your stitched blanket with shells. Calculate how many shells you can put in each square of your blanket by dividing the grams needed (concerning body weight) from the number of squares.

 

Step #4. Stitch again

After putting the pellets in the blanket, stitch across and make a row. Fill the next part with shells, then stitch another row. Repeat this until you reach the ends of the blanket.

Afterward, finish the ends of your blanket by binding them or serging them. After that, it’s up to you!

 

How to calculate the weight for the weighted blanket?

For kids, the weight of the blanket should not exceed 15% of their body weight. About 10% plus 1-2 pounds is okay for children. For adults, it should weigh about 5-10% of their ideal body weight.

Heavier blankets are known to be beneficial to some. However, it’s better to stick to the calculation mentioned above to be on the safe side. Also, remember never to cover your head with a weighted blanket.

 

Who benefits from weighted blankets?

About 40 million adults suffer from anxiety every year. One of the common symptoms of anxiety is hyperventilation and increased heart rate, which weighted blankets can help with.

In addition, through pressure therapy, the weighted blanket induces calm in the person with stress as it makes them feel hugged or swaddled. Other people who can benefit from weighted blankets suffer from sleep disorders, ADHD, and Autism. Although there are different mechanisms about how weighted blankets help these people, in the end, they provide comfort from overstimulation.

 

Steps In Making A No-Sew Weighted Blanket

 

Step #1. Prepare the materials

For this weighted blanket, you need an alternative down blanket, stick-on velcro, a bag of rice, and double-zipped bags.

 

Step #2. Lay your blanket

Lay your blanket on a flat surface first, then mark the squares you plan on adding weight to. You can opt to add weight to every other square or add weight on all the squares. This will depend on your resources, after all.

 

Step #3. Snip a rectangle

Snip a rectangle hole on the squares you plan on adding weight to. Then, cut a piece of your stick-on velcro.

Make sure that it is slightly bigger than the rectangle strip you have, and do this with every square you plan on filling. Let it sit overnight. Fabric glue is also an option if you don’t want to use velcro.

 

Step #4. Fill the squares

Fill your double-zipped bags with rice appropriate to the weight needed for the blanket. Ensure that the bags are without air, then insert them into the squares.

Make sure they are nice and flat, then close up the velcro. Continue doing this until you have filled and closed every square. After this, you’re done!

 

What can you use to fill a weighted blanket?

As mentioned above, you can use poly-pellets or even rice as filling for your weighted blanket. The downside with poly pellets is that they may feel bumpy. Likewise, rice can degrade over time and may even attract insects.

The advantage of poly pellets, however, is that they’re hypoallergenic and versatile. Meanwhile, rice is organic and budget-friendly.

So, what would be the perfect filling for a weighted blanket? Another choice for fillers would be glass beads.

They are expensive but are more environmentally friendly than poly pellets and hypoallergenic, and machine washable. These are also ideal for those with severe sensory and auditory sensitivities.

 

Conclusion

Blankets offer comfort in more ways than one, and this has been proven in this article on how to make a weighted sensory blanket. We’ve included additional information on what kind of fillers you would need and how it comforts people with sensory problems, so do what you will with that information.

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How To Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket: Basic 3-Step DIY Guide

Babies love soft things. If you’re a quilter with a little one, it’s essential to know how to machine quilt a baby blanket for them to snuggle with.

You’ll need a sewing machine, quite a few fabrics, and some patience. If all goes well, your baby will bask in the comfort of a newly quilted blanket in no time.

 

How Do You Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket?

Whether it’s your first time quilting or you need a recap, you need to invest in different fabrics for all the blanket parts.

To start, you’ll need the main fabric that will serve as the centerpiece of the blanket. Regarding measurements, the average starting size for a baby blanket is 40 to 42 inches, so you need the fabric to measure around this range.

You’ll also want a fabric for the backing or reverse side. The material will serve as a good complement for the main design or pattern. Measurements around 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ yards should suffice.

Next is a binding fabric. This material will help hold the blanket together. You’ll need around 1/3 to ½ yard of this.

You’ll also need batting. The purpose is to ensure the blanket is soft and comfy on the inside.

Forty-two inches is a suitable measurement. Remember, the quality depends on the material, so decide what kind of batting will suit the baby. Last but not least, you’ll need pins, of course.

You might be thinking of pre-washing the fabrics before you start the project. It’s a good idea, no doubt, but many high-quality fabrics are color-safe. You won’t have to worry about pre-washing too much.

 

Step #1: Sandwich the materials

Start with the backing fabric. You probably have already noticed that its size is slightly bigger than the main fabric.

The reason for this is you start machine quilting from the blanket’s top, and everything beneath can move a bit during the process. If your backing is bigger than everything else, it won’t come off smaller than the front by mistake.

Lay the backing flat on the floor. When it’s all smoothed out, place the batting in the center. Repeat this with the main fabric.

Make sure they’re all appropriately centered. You should be able to see all three layers of this “fabric sandwich.”

From here, you can use pins to keep them in place.

 

Step #2: Stitch the layers

At this point, you can now let the machine do the work. Stitching is also the part where you get creative.

It may seem like you’re just trying to stitch the three layers together at first glance. However, the beauty of quilting comes in here as you can decide how the stitches will look on the quilt. This kind of creative control is why there are many ways to stitch a quilt.

When you’ve finished stitching, you don’t stop there. Remember the binding fabric?

 

Step #3: Bind the quilt

Binding is a rather tricky task. With a bit of patience, you’ll get the whole blanket finished and looking good.

Cut out the binding fabric into strips that measure 2 and ½ inches x the width of the blanket. Sew all the strips together by the shorter sides. Fold the result in half and press it down.

You can start pinning the binding on the blanket starting from the middle of one side. Make sure to place the binding on the front side. Start gradually pinning the binding to the side of the blanket.

When you reach a corner, stick a pin and fold the binding 45 degrees opposite the adjacent side. Fold it back into itself so that it aligns with the adjoining side and stick another pin. You should see a triangular flap on the corner.

When you reach the starting point, take both ends of the strips and fold the ends down. Don’t forget to pin both folds down.

Make sure the two ends still meet. You may want to press this part with an iron to make the folds crease.

Cut off any excess to about ¼ inch from the folds. Take off the pins, match the strips’ right sides, fasten with a pin again, and sew a seam on the crease. Open the fold, press it down, refold it, and pin it back again.

Now you can start sewing the binding in place. Start sewing with a ¼ inch allowance, removing pins as you go.

When you get to the flaps, stop when you’re ¼ inch away. Rotate the blanket and make sure the flap is in the opposite direction. Sew the next seam by the edge of the last side.

Once you’ve finished sewing, fold the binding over to the back. At this point, you’ll have to sew it to the backing by hand.

There you have it! Once you see how the blanket has turned out, you can congratulate yourself for a job well done.

 

Conclusion

Quilting sure is challenging, but who doesn’t love a challenge? It’ll be worthwhile once the lucky recipient feels nice and cozy rolling around in it. Now that you know how to machine quilt a baby blanket, your little one will be in for a treat!

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