How to Make a DIY Weighted Blanket in Canada

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Written by: Alex Savy
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A weighted blanket is a great way to get the benefits of deep pressure stimulation therapy while you sleep. They can be expensive, but they are easy to make at home with simple materials. 

Are you looking for a comprehensive DIY Weighted Blanket guide to save that extra buck? 

You are in the right place! 

This guide will show you how to make a weighted blanket, including the steps, materials, and useful weighted blanket tips.

Key Takeaways

  • Decide the type of blanket you want - woven, knitted, fleece, or woolen and find the right fabric for it. It has to be durable.  
  • Once the outer layer is prepared, you can fill it with the filling material.

DIY Weighted Blanket – How to Make Your Own 

A weighted blanket is simply a large fabric (usually cotton) with weights sewn into it. These weights are usually filled with sand, beans, or other heavy objects. The best-rated weighted blankets in Canada help you feel much better when sleeping under them. They create a calming effect - like they do something to make you relax and improve your quality of rest.

What You'll Need/Requirements

Here is a list of tools and equipment you'll need during the process of creating the weighted blanket:

  • Fabric
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Filling material ( These could be organic grains and beans, sand, micro-glass beads, plastic poly pellets, steel balls, or beads)

The Steps To Making your Weighted Blanket

Step 1: Choose Your Fabric

If you're new to making blankets, here's a quick rundown on different types of fabrics you should consider before purchasing one for yourself.

  • A woven blanket uses two strands of yarn twisted together to create texture and keep its shape. Woven blankets aren't necessarily cheap, but if you like the look of a traditional woven blanket, then maybe a woven option would work for you.
  • A knitted blanket or sweater is similar to a woven blanket except that the stitches bind the two strands of yarn instead of twisting them together. Knitted blankets are slightly cheaper than woven ones, although typically less durable.
  • Fleece blankets are thicker than most other materials. Fleece is usually machine-washable and provides warmth without weighing down your body.
  • Opt for a woollen blanket if you want a very thick winter blanket. Woollen blankets are incredibly warm and weigh almost nothing. This means they won't cause you to lose any heat while sleeping and could keep you warm during cold nights.

Step 2: Select Your Weight Size

The first step to creating your personalized weighted blanket is choosing the right weight. After selecting the amount, you'd like to use, head to a local craft store to buy some high-density batting.

Now comes the fun part. If you want to make a knit woollen blanket, simply wind your yarn around the ball of high-density foam, securing it with sewing thread.

To make a woven or fleece blanket, cut the desired fabric size. Use scissors or a rotary cutter with a cutting mat to ensure the edges stay straight and uniform.

Once the fabric is cut, fold it in half and mark along the center seam using a pen, marker, or chalk. Turn your fabric over and press the middle down.

Next, fold up the edge until it meets the centerline, pressing again. Then unfold it back. Next, place the ball of high-density batting on top of your folded fabric (make sure there's enough room all the way through). Fold up the edges of fabric and overlap by about 1/2 inch.

Pin the overlapping edges together. Secure it with binder clips or tape. Start stitching your blanket around the outside edges of the blanket, leaving 3 inches open inside, so your blanket isn't too tight.

For a woven blanket, sew a running stitch from side to side across the entire length of your blanket. For a fleece blanket, sew across the width of your blanket. Once you reach both ends, bring the needle back up through the same hole and continue stitching toward the opposite end. When done, clip the threads at each end.

The last thing you'll need to do is fill your blanket with the weighted material. First, tie off four fabric corners to secure them in place. With the remaining space in the blanket, stuff it with more high-density foam to create a plush pillow cover.

It’s hard to even out the weight when making the blanket at home. I recommend creating pockets and filling those to ensure the material is evenly distributed and doesn’t bunch together.

DIY Weighted Blanket Tips

  • If you're making a blanket for yourself, consider adding a layer of padding underneath. It can also be helpful if you are prone to overheating in bed because it adds extra insulation.
  •  If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you may want to add other materials such as feathers or other natural fibres. The possibilities are really endless.
  • You may mix and match different types and weights with multiple blankets. One heavy blanket, a light one, and something in between would offer a bit of variety.
  • Wash a weighted blanket in cold water only, and never put them to bed wet. A damp blanket increases the risk of mildew and mould growth.

If you’re worried about damaging the blanket while washing, make a separate removable cover. Otherwise, I recommend using plastic beads because you don’t have to worry about any such damage.


What is the best weight size for a weighted blanket?

This varies based on the size and shape of your body. You should find a weight that keeps you comfortable while still providing support. The average adult weighs 130 lbs. If you weigh less or more than this number, consider going larger or smaller.

Is it bad to use weighted blankets every night?

Absolutely not! In fact, using weighted blankets regularly has been proven to reduce stress hormones, increase melatonin levels, and improve sleep quality.


Now you know how to make a weighted blanket; you can use it to provide comfort throughout the day! Whether you wear your blanket on the couch watching Netflix, lying next to a loved one listening to music, or snuggling under covers with a hot cup of tea, you can rest assured knowing you'll keep warm and cozy all night long. 

Do you have other weighted blanket ideas you’d love to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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