You don’t need to know me for long before you know that I don’t sleep well. “What does that mean?” people ask, “do you have trouble falling asleep, do you wake up a lot? Is it…” It’s all of it. Falling asleep, staying asleep, upsetting dreams, restless dreams, wake up nightmares, nightmares I don’t wake up from…. The works, if it causes trouble sleeping, I’ve had it.
I found out about weighted blankets a few years ago, and once I realised it’s a thing, I’ve wanted to try it. I’ve always been the type to need to be covered from toes to chin to be able to fall asleep, and sleeping in winter meant I could have a blanket, a duvet and mink blanket, which meant bliss, and I realised that was because of the weight! I’ve even through extra pillows on myself to help me fall asleep in dire situations.
So, my idle hands create things, and weighted blankets is faaaaaar too expensive to spend for my anxious self, especially when a DIY was at my finger tips!
Turns out sewing a blanket from scratch needs a machine, and even though my mum has one, it’s a bit daunting to pull it out and work on it. I’m not there yet, I tell myself, what if people think I’m legit or something D:
I did a little more digging and I found a no-sew version that I liked, that shouldn’t take too much time or money, and should be done before I lose interest. Here it is!
I did end up doing a little bit of sewing but I again, idle hands.
Now that I’ve done the talky bits, let’s get to it!
You will need:
1 comforter/duvet inner that has pre-sewed squares like this one [link, pictured below] I found mine at kmart, but you can do some digging of your own, and see where you can get it for cheap. I have a queen bed so that’s the size I used, just note that if you do that, not all of the weight will be on you. I was okay with this fact, but if you want a more intense experience, or a smaller work load go for the single size.
Rice, 10% of your body weight plus half a Kg. I’m not sure how much I weigh, but last I checked, a few months ago, I was in the high 60s and I figured since the rice will be distributed, I’ll round it up to 7kg. Was it accurate? No. Do I have regrets? Also no. It meant I don’t have to weigh myself 😀
Needle and thread, or fabric glue, or hot glue, or any type of thing you can use to stick two pieces of fabric together.
Plastic zip bags
A cup or a small scale (or both!)
I bought the cheapest rice I could find, and the cheapest of the bags.
I calculated the number of squares on the blanket (not pictured) and divided the amount of rice between them. My blanket had 36 squares so 7kg/36 is 194.4 g or… almost 1 cup
I didn’t have a scale so I eyeballed it. I put about 1 cup of rice in each bag, for a total of 7kg in 36 bags.
Next I slit the edge of the square open and stuffed the bags in there….
Then sewed it closed. as you can see, my first try was a mess. Ah well. I usually used a duvet cover anyway. This is called a whipstitch I think, and as I’m a perfectionist, I tried something else.
This is called a disappearing or a ladder stitch, and I love it. I mostly love when you pull it and it just tugs everything together.
I was just over half way when I decided that the crinkling of the bags was going to be counterproductive and slightly maddening.
I didn’t want to open all my stitches again so the scissors came out again.
I cut a small diagonal line in one corner, emptied the bags (with difficulty) through the fabric and pulled the bags out (don’t worry I’ll be reusing them for actual food storage), and did some more sewing. It was frustrating but the result (from mad rustles to soft susurration) was well worth it.
When I was done, and moved everything to the bed, some of the earlier stitches came loose, so a few stabilising whip stitches.
(So blurry! sorry!)
(or a complete whip stitch redo)
\o/ I’m so happy with how it turned out! I’m definitely getting better sleep from what I’m feeling, I haven’t tracked my sleep reliably for a while, but I feel like I’m waking up less, I’m getting more rest. It’s only been a few days but I am so so happy with the results.
Would I do it again? absolutely! Would I make anther one, hell yeah! Especially now I know how to do it lol.
Would I change anything? probably used more rice? or a lighter blanket. It’s still pretty warm, and that might be a problem once summer hits in earnest.
But for now? 10/10, I can’t wait to go to bed every night, and that’s a nice feeling to have again.
Let me know what you think! Would you attempt this? What would you do differently?