Tuesday Tip: Weighted Blankets using poly pellets

If you’ve never heard of or used a weighted blanket before, they are often described as feeling like a gentle hug as they apply a soothing and consistent pressure to sleepers. Weighted blankets can also have positive effects on mental health, decreasing anxiety and can help you get a more restful sleep. On top of all of those awesome uses, a weighted blanket also, obviously, helps keep you warm.

Weighted blankets have been proven to help with many different things, alleviating ailments that include but are not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Frustration or Anger
  • Stress
  • Autism symptoms such as sensory overload

A couple of ladies on staff, here at the shop, have made weighted blankets for grandchildren and loved ones in their families. The results so far have been great and the recipients of these blankets are receiving restful sleep. So we recommend making a blanket like this for yourself or a loved one!

If this is your first time making one of these blankets, start with materials like cotton or flannel. Measure your length and width of choice for your blanket, and choose two pieces of fabric at this size.

Note:  In this post, we are going to refer to the ingredients to create your own weighted blanket(s) and for more information or tutorials, we refer you to information on the internet.

These blankets are not quilted with batting (like a traditional quilt), but rather pockets are made, filled with poly pellets and then stitched shut. The poly pellets are available via our website and take approximately 10 days to come from our warehouse. Once you determine how many pounds of pellets you need for your weighted blanket, you can choose between a small bag, a 6 pound bag for a small child or a 25 pound box if you are making a weighted blanket for an adult. The rule is to purchase pellets for the blanket you are going to make in a quantity to match 10% of the person’s body weight; typically around 15 to 20 pounds for adults. If the blanket is for a child, keeping a cautious eye on the blanket weight is even more important.

Brief construction details:

  1. Sew front and back fabrics right sides together, and double stitch it on three sides.
  2. Divide up your blanket into pockets by measuring the overall size. Make your columns no smaller than 7″, and try to evenly divide them up like she shows in the video below. The less rows, the faster the project!
  3. Calculate how many pockets you will sew and evenly divide the pellets to go inside each pocket. All the pockets will have the same amount of pellets inserted. Using a scale will ensure even distribution of the pellets.
  4. After filling an amount into what will become a pocket, sew across your blanket making an enclosed square that contains a determined amount of pellets.

Below are a couple of images from one of the weighted blankets. Denise, who works here at the store, made this pink and white blanket for a member of her family.

Denise chose to put flannel on the front and reverse side of the weighted blanket she sewed.

We hope that you will consider sewing a weighted blanket for someone special you know that could use a blanket that feels like a gentle soothing hug. We could all use more of that don’t you think!

Happy stitching!


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