I just gotta say: It is possible to make weighted blankets yourself! I did it.
It requires a few very basic ingredients, but lots of them:
- Extra-strong thread
- Hard math—but I already did it for you
This will appeal to such a small fraction of my readers that I feel apologetic. But maybe a few of you have kids with sensory issues, or simply like a warm, heavy blanket for yourself. I could sleep with Regan’s any day of the week. Except he’s too in love with it to share.
Buying a weighted blanket costs $70-$100. I made Kelly’s for $15 (8 pounds) and Regan’s for $18 (12 pounds). It’s not hard work, but it’s tedious, taking the better part of a day to make each blanket.
Here’s how. These instructions will create a blanket like Kelly’s. Regan’s required 3 Tbsp. of rice per pocket instead, and was harder to stitch.
1. Cut two rectangles of fleece, each 36” by 48.” I bought complimentary colored fleece throws on sale for $3 apiece.
2. Using extra-strong thread, sew a seam across the short end of the rectangles, 2” from the edge, right sides of fabric facing out. There will be no inverting.
3. Mark parallel lines 2” apart, starting at first seam and running perpendicularly up the length of the blanket. Sew along the lines to form long skinny pockets, ending 2” from top edge of fleece. You will have a total of 16 long pockets.
4. Funnel 2 Tbsp. of dry rice into each pocket. Shake to bottom of pockets. Pin rice in place, if desired, and sew a seam crosswise, 4” from first seam, to seal the row of pockets shut. (If you run over the rice, your needle will break. Trust me. I broke three on Regan’s blanket; hence the pinning in place.)
5. Repeat step four (funneling rice, sewing pockets shut) until you have made 11 rows of pockets, for a total of 44”.
6. Cut all four edges of blanket into fringes. Knot.
And you are done! You won’t believe how cozy it feels.