If you are a wheelchair user, you are most likely to how know important your comfort is. Without adequate comfort, it will be very difficult to survive the effects of sitting on a particular spot for a long period of time. Due to this fact, a lot has been put in the design of wheelchair and other accessories.
The accessory that has received the most attention is the wheelchair cushions. They play an important role when it comes to providing comfort to wheelchair users. Speaking of which, wheelchair cushions have also proved itself to be up to the task.
All in the name of looking for new ways to better the comfortability of wheelchair users by introducing new types of wheelchair cushions, it was discovered that weighted blankets can also help improve the general comfort of wheelchair users as a cushion. Ideally, weighted blankets are used to help both adult and children who have difficulties sleeping. It has a way of giving this sensational hug or feeling that someone is close to you even if they are not. But in the case of wheelchair users, the uses are quite different.
Weighted blankets are very useful to wheelchair users, but one single thing spoils it all. They’re quite expensive, which means not everyone can afford to pay for it. As a result of this, finding out ways to make it has been the target for most people.
Right here in this article, we will be analyzing a very quick and easy way to make a weighted blanket for your own use. Although this method of sewing a weighted blanket is simple, you still need to be an intermediate sewer for you to be able to handle the weight of the blanket as you sew.
Materials Used To Make Weighted Blankets
- Fastening pins
- Threads with high qualities
- Durable fabric
- A pair of scissors
- Sewing machine
- A kitchen scale, ruler and a tailors chalk
- Stuffing bead (the weight depends on how heavy you want your weighted blanket)
The size of your intended weighted blankets depends on your height or that of the person you intend making it for. Ideally, the size of a weighted blanket should be moderate. Not too wide, not too small, a weighted blanket is meant to cover the body of the person that it is meant for. The more accurate the size is, the more the comfort.
The next thing on the line is to determine the size of the squares you intend to fill your stuffing. The appropriate length of this squares should be between 3 to 5 inches.
Weighted Blanket Weight
Ideally, the weight of a weighted blanket should be approximately 10% the size of your body weight or that of the person you intend making it for. Although, the size can decrease or increase depending on how you want it. But it should be within the range of 10% of your body weight.
Before you proceed with other things, it is best for you to estimate the total weight of your intended weighted blanket. This will help you to know the amount of stuffing you are to put in each square. To calculate this, subtract the weight of your fabric material from your estimated weight. Then divide your answer by the proposed number of squares that are meant to be in your blanket. Whatever answer you get is the weight of stuffing that you will use of fill each square.
Before filling your stuffing bead into the squares, use your kitchen scale to weigh your stuffing beads before putting them in the squares.
How To Make Your Own Weighted Blanket
1.) Stitch the top edges of the material
What you will do here is to sew both the front and back of the fabric together. Take your ruler and measure 2 inches on long sides which happens to be the two equal sides. And another on the shorter end, leaving the last short end open. This open point will serve as the point where you will add your stuffing bead.
2.) Sew all the marked Vertical lines
Before you begin, turn the fabric inside out so that you will be able to get a nice precision. Begin your sewing at the bottom end that is closed at 2 inches intervals according to your previous markings.
As a beginner, it is better to start your sewing at the centre of your fabric. It saves you from making mistakes like sewing a particular spot twice and also sewing off track. Finally, iron all the edges. Ironing helps to make your work more nice and precise. The edges will also be crisp and nice.
When you are done with this, what you have sewn will form channels. The numbers of this channels formed are determined by your initial measurements. These channels are where you will be pouring your stuffing beads.
3.) Pour Your stuffing beads into the channels
Immediately your channels are ready and free from leakages beneath, gently pour your measured stuffing beads into the channels. The stuffing bead that you will pour in each square should be equal.
You need to also make sure that there are no stuffing beads along the channel. To be sure of this, use your hands to check if there are any beads left. You can also shake the fabric so that they can all pass down into the square.
By the way, you can’t afford to allow your needle hit any bead when sewing horizontally. Therefore, take your time to get this done.
4.) Horizontal sewing
What you are to do here is to close the squares that you have filled with stuffing beads. To do this, you will have to sew the fabric horizontally closing each square in the process. Before going ahead to sew, you need to mark the line you wish to sew with your chalk and hold the points with a pin. These pins help to temporarily keep the stuffing beads inside the squares until you are done with the sewing.
As you sew, watch out for beads along the way. If you come across any, all you have to do is use your hands to push it back inside the square and continue your sewing. You also need to support the weight of the end where the squares have been filled to prevent the fabric from spilling off the sewing machine.
Repeat this same process for subsequent squares, sewing vertically, putting stuffing beads and finally sewing horizontally to close the squares.
5.) Sew the open end of the blanket
This is the final step and also the most challenging part of it all. Here all you have to do is sewing the end of the fabric after filling all the squares. The weight of the fabric will keep pulling the fabric away from your hands, thus you need to take each step at a time if you want to get it right.
Hold your fabric with one hand, often times it is better to do that with your stronger hand. As you hold, slip the edge into your sewing machine and sew. Take this slowly and you will get it done in no time.
Now that you are have finished making your own weighted blanket, you can try it on. If you did this the right way, your weighted blanket should look the same way as the one you see with a high price tag in shopping malls or on the internet.