You may recall my earlier post about the weighted blanket I made for my brother.
That was the first time I’ve experimented with making a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets are supposed to provide comfort and help people who have anxiety issues or PTSD or autism, and much more. My brother says he loves his and uses it a lot.
Well, a friend of his saw his blanket and reached out to me to make one for her little girl. Since she is a small child I made hers much smaller and lighter than the one I made for my brother, hers is only 5lbs.
It also is in much more cheerful colors! I used a soft minky on the back again to make it extra cuddly. I love how it turned out and I hope she does too!
If you are going to make a weighted blanket for yourself or someone else, just remember the basic recommendation is to have it weight around 10% of the persons bodyweight. Although when I made the blanket for my brother (an adult male) I used less than that. It’s amazing how heavy a blanket can feel when it’s on you even if it seems like you aren’t adding much to it!
You also will want to see the weighted pellets into squares on the blanket so that the weight stays pretty evenly dispersed. Unfortunately this requires math. Not my strong suit! I enlisted my brainiac hubby to figure out how much I needed in each pocket. For the child’s blanket I used 2.5 tablespoons in each pocket and had 64 pockets. For my brothers blanket I sadly don’t remember how many pockets there were but I used a half cup in each pocket. The bag of pellets that I used said on it what the conversion was for how much 1 cup weighed, so that’s what I went off of.
If you are making a blanket and have any questions (other than the math- I’m really not great at that part!) feel free to reach out to me!