Adding Warmth to a Weighted Blanket
Hiya friends! How is everybody doing this week? You know, ‘tis the season for snow snow snow and I saw many of you get a fair amount! Speaking of chilly weather, I’ve had a few questions about adding warmth to a weighted blanket so I wanted to share my hints.
Flannel is the best fabric to create a winter weighted blanket with because it is thin and easy to work with; it’s especially great for sewing beginners! It can be made from wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers and has either a single-sided or double-sided nap, which is the soft or fuzzy side of fabric. You’ll only need the single-sided for a weighted blanket.
Another great fabric for adding warmth to a weighted blanket is fleece. You’ve probably seen these huge, brightly-colored bolts at craft stores just begging for a toasty creation to be made. It makes a super soft, warm weighted blanket; however, it does require a bit more skill to work with. Craftsy.com has an excellent guide on the nuances of sewing with fleece, but you’ll also need to pay special attention to filling in the plastic pellets. Make sure you clear your stitching area of all pellets; they may catch on the sides and get in the way of your stitches.
You can also add some batting to make your blanket warmer. Batting comes in a variety of thicknesses and compositions, but do either pre-wash the batting according to the package instructions to pre-shrink or find a type that has minimal shrinkage. This will help keep your weighted blanket shapely.
Cut a piece of batting about 2 inches smaller than the size of your fabric for your weighted blanket. After step 4 on my instructions for creating your own weighted blanket, add the piece of batting to the center of the sewn pieces. This will be just before you start step 5–filling your creation with my plastic pellets. Similar to working with fleece, you’ll need to be careful when filling your pellets to ensure that they stay clear of your stitching. Then you can stitch away to create a snugger weighted blanket!
I hope this helps you with your winter creations! What’s the warmest weighted blanket you created? I’d love to see it on my Facebook page!