Many people have asked me how to make a weighted blanket. I put together this brief run down of how to make a blanket. The links in the pictures will not work so I am giving them to you now.
The quality poly pellet link is www.qualityplasticpellets.com
The link to our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/sharingtheweight
Start with two pieces of fabric about the same size. For a 3 pound blanket we use a yard of 45 wide fabric for each side. For a 5 pound blanket we start with a yard and a half of each fabric 45 inches wide. For a 7 pound blanket we use 63 inches of each fabric 45 inches wide. For a 10 pound blanket we use 2 yards of 45 wide fabric. An occupational therapists suggested a patterned side and a solid side in case the child gets overly stimulated by a pattern. Place fabric right sides together and sew a seam about an inch in on the fabric on three sides in a single stitch setting. Leave about two inches from the top un-sewn.
After you are done sewing the fabric clip the two corners that have been sewn. If you look closely you might be able to see the lime green thread I used.
Turn the blanket right side out and pin to sew around the edges again twice in a single stitch setting. When you go around corners leave your needle in and move only your fabric giving you a nice looking corner. If you need me to explain this please let me know.
The blanket I am working on is a 3 pound blanket so it is 34 inches wide.
- A 3 pound blanket is roughly 30x40 finished
- A 5 pound blanket is roughly 40x50 finished
- A 7 pound blanket is roughly 40x60 finished
- A 10 pound blanket is roughly 40x 70 finished
I'd say roughly because they usually don’t turn out that way.
This 3 pound blanket needs 5 columns to fit into it so I found my center mark of 17 and measured out from there.
For this blanket I made the columns 6 1/2 inches each. And marked it with masking tape. If you have an odd number you can add the extra to each end this way.
The columns will need sewn in a triple stitch also known as a stretch stitch. This should give the blanket some strength to hold up to rough use.
- or a 5 pound blanket divide the width to get 7 columns
- For a 7 pound blanket divide the width to get 7 columns
- For a 10 pound blanket divide the width to get 8 columns.
This blanket is 39 1/2 inches long so if I am trying to get 7 rows of pellets into the blanket I need to divide 39 1/2 by 7. So each of my rows are going to be 5 1/2 inches. I will mark these rows with masking tape as well. I measure and sew on the bottom of the tape. If I have an extra inch or 1/2 inch I put it in the bottom or top row.
- A 3 pound blanket as stated above has 7 rows.
- A 5 pound blanket has 9 rows.
- A 7 pound blanket has 11 rows.
- A 10 pound blanket has 13 rows.
Now you are ready to fill your blanket with poly pellets. I choose poly pellets because they are washable.
If you are looking to purchase poly pellets online I suggest Quality Poly Pellets. They are a great company and have a wonderful product and are very reasonably priced. Their website is www.qualityplasticpellets.com I will be giving your information based on their poly pellets. Each company’s poly pellets are different weights so if you went with another company you would need to weigh the pellets to figure out how many poly pellets you need.
At this point you would weigh your blanket. Most cotton blankets will weigh less thanor about a pound. If your blanket weighs more you will use less pellets than I suggest.
I’m switching blankets in my pictures at this point.
I apologize for any confusion.
Each individual pocket will take a flat 1/4 cup of poly pellets that you have purchased from Quality Poly Pellets at www.qualitypolypellets.com.
After each individual pocket has been filled you sew below the tape making sure that no poly pellets are under your needle. That is the fastest way to go through needles. After I fill a row in my blanket I shake the blanket down to make sure my pellets have made it into the pocket. If you are working with fleece material you will need to help your pellets make into the bottom of the pocket.
Once we reach the top of the blanket we use a product called Dritz Quilting Wash Away Wonder Tape that is a double sided tape that washes away after the first wash. It works keeping your pellets in the last pockets and off the floor.
Fold the extra two inches that you didn’t sew and place the tape in between the two sides. I would suggest pinning this part as well especially on the sides where the tape is not placed.
You will finish the blanket like you did before with the double seam but you will use a triple stitch to give the top strength.
I usually finish by starting over where I sewed before and sewing towards the corner. I will leave my needle in the fabric when I believe I have reached the same measurement and then turn the fabric giving me a nice corner where you can’t tell a difference in the rest of the blanket.
I usually tie all of my strings before I cut them. You can pull them through or tie them at the ends of the fabric.
If you have any questions I will try to answer them and possibly edit my posting.