How to Make DIY Wrist and Ankle Weights

Two DIY ankle weights on a table

Stacy Fisher

Overview
  • Total Time: 2 - 3 hrs
  • Yield: Pair of weights
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $15

Add a new accessory to your home workout with this pair of DIY wrist and ankle weights. It's a satisfying project that will get you a high-quality weight for less money than it costs to buy them. Perfect for the beginner, this project only uses straight-line sewing. More seasoned sewers will love how quickly these weights come together in this easy-to-follow project.

These DIY wrist and ankle weights can be made to be any weight you'd like. The type of filler you choose will make a difference as well as how much you physically add to the weight. This example uses rice as a filler, but you could also use sand or aquarium substrate.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Sewing pins
  • Iron
  • Funnel

Materials

  • 1 fat quarter of fabric
  • 24 inch 1-inch sew-in velcro
  • Thread that matches the color of your Velcro
  • Weighted filler (rice, sand, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Cut Out Your Pieces

    Fabric, velcro, and a ruler laying on a table

    Stacy Fisher

    Cut out four pieces of fabric, 15 inches by 5 inches each.

    Cut 8 pieces of Velcro into 3-inch long strips. You should have four hook sides and four loop sides.

  2. Mark Your Velcro Placement

    Red lines on a piece of fabric

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    Lay out your fabric with the long sides on the top and bottom, right side up.

    Take one piece of fabric and measure 1/2 inch in from the left side. Draw a line with your fabric marking pen. Measure 1 inch from the top of the piece of fabric and draw a line.

    Take another piece of fabric and measure in the same way but this time on the right side of the fabric, a line 1/2 inch from the left side and a line 1 inch from the top.

    Repeat the placement lines on two other pieces of fabric for the second weight.

  3. Pin Your Velcro

    Velcro pinned to a piece of fabric

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    Take a piece of hook side velcro (the scratchy side) and place it where the two lines on the left side intersect, lining up the intersection with the top left side of the Velcro. Pin the velcro down to the fabric. Take your other hook side Velcro and place it right beside the first piece. Pin this piece of velcro down as well.

    Velcro pinned to a piece of fabric

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    Take a piece of loop tape (the soft side) and place it where the two lines intersect on the other piece of fabric, lining up that intersection with the top right corner of the piece of Velcro. Place another piece of Velcro beside it, to the left. Pin down the velcro.

    Repeat pinning the Velcro for the second weight.

  4. Attach Your Velcro

    Velcro sewn to a piece of fabric

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    Using thread that matches the color of your Velcro, sew all the way around each piece of Velcro to secure it to the fabric. Take out the pins as you're sewing. Remove fabric marking.

    Repeat sewing the Velcro for the second weight.

  5. Put Together the Main Body

    A sewn piece of fabric

    Stacy Fisher

    Lay down your piece of fabric with the Velcro on the left side of it, right side up. Take your other piece of fabric and place it on top, wrong side up, the Velcro on the right side. One set of Velcro should be on one side, with the other set on the other side. Pin the long sides of the fabric together and sew with 1/2-inch seam allowance. Be careful not to sew through the Velcro and backstitch at the beginning and end.

    Repeat making the main body for the second weight.

  6. Sew the Center Divider

    Red markings and sewn seams on a piece of fabric

    Stacy Fisher

    Turn the main body so it's right side out. Press well.

    Fold the main body in half short ways to find the center. Finger press to make the center mark. Measure 1 /2 inches to the right of the center mark and make a line. Measure 1 1/2 inches to the left of the center mark and make another line.

    Sew along these two lines to create a divider for the weight. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of every stitch. You can use matching or contrasting thread here depending on what look you'd like to go for. Remove markings when finished.

    Make the center divider for the second weight.

  7. Add the Filler

    A bag full of rice, a funnel, and a sewn ankle weight

    Stacy Fisher

    Take the main body of the weight and fill one of the sides up with some of your weighted filler. Be sure not to fill it more than 1/2 full.

    Repeat adding the filler for the second weight.

  8. Stitch Closed

    The end of a sewn ankle weight

    Stacy Fisher

    Being careful to keep your filler out of the way, take one end of the weight and fold in the extra fabric 1/4 inch. Press. Topstitch along the side of the weight, 1/8 inch away from the edge. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitches.

    Repeat with the other side.

    Finish the ends for the second weight.

  9. Wear the Weights

    Two DIY wrist weights

    Stacy Fisher

    To wear your DIY ankle and wrist weights, simply wrap them around the ankle or wrist and secure them with the Velcro. You're ready for your next workout!