Upgrading Blanket to a Weighted Blanket

It was recommended that we try a sensory blanket for our 2 year old son to see if it helps with his ...

how I made a weighted blanket for my two year oldIt was recommended that we try a sensory blanket for our 2 year old son to see if it helps with his
ability to self soothe, especially at nap and nighttime. I decided to take his 40x58" blanket that I made for his toddler bed and "upgrade" it as he's now in a twin bed. I'll probably make him a twin size quilt... Someday. Next fall maybe.

I ordered a 4 lb box of poly pellets to use inside. These allow you to wash the blanket which is pretty important when you have a 2 year old. Shipping is sort of expensive so it's worth checking to see if you can get it locally. 

I decided to open one long end of the blanket to add the pellets. Then I sewed up the blanket every 5.75" to have separations for each pocket. 

If you look close, you can see the long columns.

I calculated that my 40x58" blanket would have 80 pockets at 5x5.75" each (approximately). My son is about 35 lbs and 10% of his body weight is 3.5. I ordered 4 lbs of the pellets so I decided to use all of them. 4 lbs (16oz each) is 64 oz total. Divide that by 80 squares and I calculated to add .8oz per pocket.

I measured out the amount on my scale and inserted that amount into all of my first row of pockets. Then I sewed across to close that pocket. I continued to do this for each row until I finished the whole blanket. Be careful not to sew over the pellets or your needle will break. I definitely broke one.

Then I closed up the blanket.... this baby blanket had serged edges so I did a straight stitch first to close out the pocket/square and keep the pellets from getting underneath my serger needles. Then I serged to finish the edge like the other three sides. 

Here's the finished product:

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I'm glad I was able to use his normal blanket to make this so I'm not introducing anything new into his routine. He seems to like this particular blanket because mommy made it.

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DIY Danielle: Upgrading Blanket to a Weighted Blanket
Upgrading Blanket to a Weighted Blanket
DIY Danielle
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