Non-neurotypical children and adults with autism or other sensory processing disorders often have an easier time falling asleep under a weighted blanket. Weighted blankets can also help people with anxiety fall asleep faster. However, weighted blankets can be expensive!
If you would like to try your hand at sewing your own weighted blanket, I found these helpful resources:
- MamaSmiles has an excellent meta-tutorial, with links to articles about specific topics (like choosing the correct weight for the blanket).
- Project Linux has a free PDF pattern for a weighted blanket, suitable for using or donating to charity.
- The Sewing Method site has a video tutorial on the topic.
The basic technique involves sewing the top and bottom in long channels. You then fill these channels with the appropriate amount of poly beads, in order to get the correct weight. The final step is to sew the channels shut.