Looking for ways to ease the stress and anxiety of constantly staying at home right now? Well, if you happen to have some basic sewing skills, you can try making your own DIY weighted blanket! It will help keep yourself occupied with a fun and easy project, while also bumping up your level of comfort up a several notches when you’re done.
Weighted blankets have been rising in popularity in recent years 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 so simple!
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 to drop off for a loved one, if you’re feeling generous! Think of it like giving someone a hug they can take with them wherever they go.
We write about products we think our readers will like. If you buy them, we get a small share of the revenue from the supplier.