There's a lot to love about crisp fall weather, like layering up in your favorite sweaters and sipping hot cocoa or spiced cider. That is, if you can manage to get yourself out of bed in the first place. It's just so tempting to cocoon yourself and spend a lazy day under your comforter, maybe reading a book or snuggling your loved ones. If you happen to have some basic sewing skills, you can take that level of comfort up a few notches by making your own DIY weighted blanket.
Weighted blankets have been rising in popularity thanks to their ultra-calming effect on people. They basically feel like you're getting the biggest, best hug ever. You can find a ton of them for sale already made (we even have a list of our favorite weighted blankets you can check out here), but we like the personal touch of crafting one for yourself or as a gift for someone — especially since it's such a simple project.
All you need to make your own weighted blanket is some weighted pellets, like Fairfield Fil Poly Pellets ($19.97, Amazon), to stuff your blanket with and some fabric. These pellets provide plenty of heft while also being washable. Pick a soft, cozy fabric and measure it to your preference. Laura Ann Coia from SewVeryEasy recommends keeping it small enough to not drape over the side of your bed, but still big enough to wrap yourself in good and snug.
Take a look at the video below for an easy-to-follow sewing guide by Laura:
This handmade blanket would also make a great budget-friendly and crowd-pleasing gift for the upcoming holidays if you're feeling generous! Think of it like giving someone a hug they can take with them wherever they go.
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