Weighted objects have gained immense popularity in the past. This saga began with our good old weighted blankets and has now reached a new height with weighted pillows. Weighted pillows provide great comfort to those who aren’t a huge fan of sleeping under a weighted blanket but wish to enjoy deep pressure stimulation during the night. Here’s a brief guide on how to make a weighted pillow of your own cost-effectively;
If you’ve had the privilege of playing with beanie babies in the past, then you’ll surely understand what we’re referring to. Poly pellets are level 5 safe plastic pellets that can be the most cost-effective filling for a weighted pillow. These pellets do leave a rustling sound when they move around but if you add a little bit of cotton to the mix, your weighted pillow won’t make any noise. It’s better to purchase these in bulk from your nearest store or Amazon if you plan on making multiple weighted pillows. These pellets are non-toxic and can be submitted in water too whenever you plan on washing your weighted pillow.
Some folks also tend to use organic materials such as; wheat, barley, rice grains, and legumes as fillers for their weighted pillows. There’s a long list of cons associated with these pillow fillers. First and foremost, this won’t be very durable as these items absorb moisture which will increase their size over time and affect the feel of the weighted pillow additionally. Another disadvantage is that these items can grow mold and fungus inside the weighted pillow which can create a harsh situation for the person that’s using the pillow. So, I advise against using this while filling your weighted pillow if you want to keep it for long.
Riverstones and small pebbles are easily accessible to anyone. The key here is to find the pebbles that are small and have a size that compliments each other. That’s because filling the pillow with 70% small rocks and 30% big rocks will lead to an uneven distribution of weight. When making a weighted pillow, make sure that the pebbles aren’t sharp to avoid injury. Additionally, using pebbles with a mix of cotton inside the pillow will provide a padding effect to the user. Don’t forget that a pillow with this filling might not be the best option for someone with extreme sensory sensitivities because of its texture.
First and foremost, when making a weighted pillow, it’s necessary to sew a casing. Take a tour of your nearest fabric store to find a fabric that isn’t too abrasive or harsh on your skin. The fabric should also be super breathable. Additionally, you can choose loud patterns or something in a calm, dusk gradient.
Once you’ve picked the fabric, decide the size of your weighted pillow and snip it down accordingly. You’re going to have to leave at cut two fabric pieces that also have half an inch of allowance for the seam. Use pins to secure the endings of both pieces before you start sewing the ends as it ensures a much cleaner appearance. Once you’re done sewing the ends shut just turn the pillow right-side-out. Now, push out the corners of the casing to make stuffing easier.
Stuffing your pillow is a crucial step in the weighted pillow making process because now you’ll decide how heavy you want your weighted pillow to be. The more filling you add, the heavier it becomes. It should be 10% of your body weight. Once you’re done stuffing it with the filling you picked earlier, just sew it shut with a blind stitch. Adding a backstitch on both ends ensures that the filling won’t pop out in the middle of the night while you’re snuggling with your weighted pillow. That’s it, that’s all it takes to make a comfortable weighted pillow on your own.
Last but not least, weighted pillows add a cozy touch to your house décor. For instance; you can opt for various shapes when it comes to your kids. These weighted pillows can be made in various geometric shapes according to your kid’s liking. Additionally, you can make bigger weighted pillows and place them on your couch. This way they can keep you company while you’re enjoying your favorite prime time show or movie with your family.
Mike is one of the lead editors at Weighted Living and the author of this article. He's become fascinated with weighted products (a bit too much we think) and loves to see all the different ways they can improve our loves. He's written quite a few weighted product guides as well.
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