Sew a Weighted Activity Blanket

Make a fleecy, soothing weighted blanket to help children and adults focus on activities when they need more grounding.

| Fall 2019


A weighted blanket is exactly what it sounds like: a blanket made heavy by the addition of polypropylene pellets sewn into the blanket itself. More and more, weighted blankets are being used as an effective treatment strategy for children showing the symptoms of sensory processing challenges, including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety, and stress. For those unfamiliar with the sensation of using a weighted blanket, it’s comparable to the lead x-ray vest draped on your chest at the dentist’s office. In adding physical pressure by applying weight to the body, a weighted blanket can help soothe, calm, and regulate children and adults with sensory processing challenges. A weighted blanket is like a warm hug that molds to the body to relax the nervous system.

This small blanket (40 by 40 inches) is great for times when concentration is the goal, and it’s easy to transport around the house. Whether your child or grandchild is reading, playing board games, or drawing and coloring, this blanket may provide a sense of security and calmness that allows them to fully enjoy the activity.

Before You Begin

Weight. Determine the weight, in ounces, of the pellets you’ll be adding to your blanket. Generally, 10 percent of the weight of the user plus 1 to 2 pounds additional weight is appropriate for a weighted blanket. Divide the number of ounces by 64 (the total number of squares holding the pellets) to determine the weight in ounces of pellets that should be placed into each square.

Pellets. There are a number of pellet products on the market, but Poly-Pellets by Fairfield have received the most favorable recommendations from the weighted blanket community. They’re machine-washable and dryable on low heat for easy blanket care.



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