Weighted Blankets

Weighted blankets are used by people who have sensory needs and are calmed by the feeling of pressure or weight on their body. Having worked with Occupational and Speech therapists, I saw how useful these cozy blankets could be.

I primarily sew them using fleece as it is durable, soft and comes in many colors and a generous width. Each blanket is custom-made to the user’s height, weight and fabric preference. They are filled with aquarium stones, a natural product which gives the biggest amount of weight per volume compared to other, man-made filling materials.

The blanket is segregated into a grid with each square of the grid having approximately the same weight in stones (give or take a pebble!)

Because the stones tend to be rough and heavy, we suggest washing the blankets by hand or in the gentlest cycle of your machine but only AIR DRYING.

If you are looking for a blanket for a child who receives OT services, check with the therapist to make sure they feel a blanket would benefit your child.

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3 thoughts on “Weighted Blankets

  1. Cathy says:

    Hi I’m Barbie’s Sister Cathy. She posted your name on my page when I started to inquire about these blankets. I have terrible insomnia as well as flip flop from 12 hour days to 12 hour nights, which I’m currently on now and again tomorrow night. How much do you charge and how much weight are they? I was reading 12lbs 25 lbs. I am 5’5” currently in WW 178lbs. I look forward to your feedback. Also I love birds, gives me wonderful memories of my Dad. Do you by any chance have material with birds on it?

    • Here’s more than you ever wanted to know about blankets:

      My most common sizes are small adult and Large. The small barely covers the top of a twin bed and is $85. It’s perfect for most adults to sit in a chair or even lay on the couch. It’s not a twin bedspread.

      I also make a larger blanket that is about 36×64” for $115 ($130 for licensed fabric like a sports team or cartoon character as that costs more than regular fleece). This size good to if someone is going to sleep with it, as they cover you nicely.

      If you are interested here’s some info on figuring the blanket weight:
      The weight of the blanket will vary depending upon why it’s being used. For sensory issues, there’s a formula based on the person’s weight. (This formula is good for kids. For adults, most people are helped by 15 pounds or less).
      For anxiety, stress and other issues, I suggest that people pile a bunch of blankets, throws, comforters, even big towels on themself until it feels “right”. Then weigh yourself with and without the blankets to the get best weight for your blanket. (Most people seem to like 10-12 pounds or so.)
      Remember, you can always add another blanket for more weight, but if it’s made too heavy you are stuck (hopefully not literally stuck under the blanket, ha!)
      I most often use fleece or velour and aquarium stones for weight. They can be washed on gentle and should be air dried (so the blanket will not wear out fast or beat up your dryer).
      Send me your email and I’ll send you photos of owl fabric. I don’t often see birds on fleece but owls have been popular lately.


      • Cathy says:

        Lynda my email is kepcs14@yahoo.com – please show me what fabrics you have in addition to the owl and I’ll pick one out. I’ll order a 12lb since the feedback I’ve been getting is good on that weight. I’ll go with the one that covers you rather than the smaller one. Let me know how I go about sending money to you. I’ll show my son’s girlfriend as well and see if she wants to go ahead and get one. She expressed some interest too. Thank You!

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