DIY Tutorials – How to Make a Weighted Vest
Over the last few weeks, we have been discussing all of the benefits of having a weighted vest. They are great for calming down people with hypersensitivity disorders, physical therapy and for adding a little more intensity to many different exercises. The fact that this is such a versatile piece of equipment begs the question “How do I get one?” You can buy weighted vests, but they are very expensive. These vests start at around $60 for some of the lighter ones, and can go up to $160 for a heavy one. The solution that I prefer, and I am sure you will as well, is to make one yourself! It is a good craft project to work on, and you can customize it with special fabrics to fit the person you are making it for.
The Best Online Tutorials to Make Your Own Weighted Vest
How do you make one, you might ask? There are many places on the web with suggestions, patterns, and other tips on how to do it yourself:
- eHow offers a good overview of how to make a weighted vest and gives you great ideas on materials and placement of your pockets. You want to have multiple pockets so you can adjust the weight of the vest.
- Craftstew has a variety of free patterns to help out as well, including a men’s fishing vest pattern, which would be perfect with all of those pockets!
- If you want to purchase your own pattern to make a vest, stores like JoAnn Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics offer a variety of patterns for you to try out. Even better, the person receiving the vest can pick out his/her favorite fabrics while you are there.
- To give you more ideas, check out some of the interesting fabrics they made a weighted vest out of at Both Hands and a Flashlight!
- Sense and Sensibility teaches you how to take an existing vest from a thrift store and turn it into a weighted one!
- Sew Like My Mom has a great idea on how to make the weights to put in the pockets; you can custom make each of the bean bags to fit the pockets. If you choose the right fabrics, you will also be making pockets full of tactile toys.
The best thing about projects you do yourself is the level of flexibility and customization you can integrate into them. They are also much less expensive than buying something, all it costs you is a little extra time! These are all just suggestions of places to begin; there are quite a few other places online where you can discover ways to create a weighted vest.
You can buy stuffing material to serve as the weighted component from us! Our plastic pellets do not break down over time, and you can wash and air dry the weighted pouches of pellets without worrying about mold or breaking them. When you are done with your marvelous creation, share it with us on Facebook! We love to see what you are working on. Have fun making your weighted vest!
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