I recently figured out how to make a weighted blanket that didn’t use any plastic. I don’t have pics of the process yet, but here are just the instructions.
I surveyed lots of other instructions for making weighted blankets.
This site has good sewing instructions, and is basically what I did: http://www.mamasmiles.com/sewing-tutorial-how-to-make-a-weighted-sensory-blanket/
What I did differently from the above instructions:
1 – my columns were 6 inches apart.
2 – my rows were about 5 inches tall
so my compartments were roughly 6″x5″ rectangles.
3 – instead of poly-pellets, I used a 1/2 cup of well-rinsed small river pebbles per compartment.
A 1/2 cup of river pebbles weighs about 7 oz.
We wanted about 15 pounds, and an area coverage of about 30X36 inches. This was most easily accomplished by having 36 rectangles that were 6″x5″.
The pebbles were from Home Depot, and cost about $4. We rinsed them in my son’s wagon, until the water mostly ran clear. He loved this part. Then we dried them in pans in the oven at 250 degrees Farenheight. (The warmed rocks felt really good!) We transported them in an old rag rug from oven to sewing area.
One bag of pebbles made two adult 15 pound blankets, and one child 5 pound blanket. I used some old heavy material I had around. The total project took an afternoon, from shopping to one finished blanket. After the rocks were washed and dryed, the next blanket took only about 30 minutes to make.
If you have any questions, please email me at VelmaAtVelmaDotOrg.