Of all the weighted blanket possibilities, a quilt-like version is probably the most popular. It seems to be the easiest way, so it's become a sort of standard in the weighted blanket world. Seriously, if you search for weighted blanket tutorials or just weighted blankets in general, they'll almost all look like quilts.
This tutorial from The Spruce is very thorough, complete with photos for every step. It's not hard -- the lines on the quilt are already "drawn" for you. If you can operate a sewing machine, you can complete this weighted quilt tutorial.
2. Make a weighted fleece tie-blanket
Not a fan of quilts? No problem. Parenting Chaos blogged a tutorial for a weighted fleece tie-blanket: You know, the colorful kind with frayed edges that everyone loved as kids. Bonus points if yours was embroidered with your initials.
This blanket looks nothing like the quilt version -- it has no visible pockets -- and uses tiny presewed bean bags of poly-fil beads instead of pouring the beads openly into pockets.
The best part? If you have kids, this weighted blanket can grow with them because it's relatively easy to do a little blanket surgery and add more bean bags.
3. Make a weighted blanket with a duvet cover
I don't have a weighted blanket, but I hear it's notoriously difficult to wash and dry them. Many people seem to get around that hurdle by purchasing weighted blankets that come with duvet covers, so they can just take the blanket out of the cover when the cover needs a wash.
This tutorial from Cutesy Crafts takes you through a basic weighted quilt tutorial followed by a relatively simple tutorial for a large fleece cover.
However, anyone can benefit from a weighted blanket and you could easily add more pillowcases to make a travel-size weighted blanket suitable for an adult. A smaller version of a weighted blanket would be great for long car rides, flights, train commutes or, honestly, any situation where you're cramped in a small area.
More of a visual person? Watch this
This YouTube tutorial from Man Sewing is the most comprehensive DIY weighted blanket video I could find in all of Internetland. Rob Appell, the YouTuber who runs Man Sewing, shot this video from all different angles to help viewers visualize all the steps.
You'll notice that doesn't make a full-size weighted blanket. While you can make a full-size blanket from the steps in his tutorial, this can also serve as another tutorial for a travel-size weighted blanket.
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