Quick Pattern Weights

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Today I decided it was time for some new pattern weights.  I have a set of weights from back in the day, when I first began sewing.  An early generation of pattern weights, they are small and thimble sized.  They were ok, but for the most part I found them too small to be useful.  They have been MIA since the move.  Pins are a pain and I am just plain tired of them. You can find many tutorials for making pattern weights.  This is just one method.

Pick up washers from your local hardware store. I purchased eight steel washers, each being two and one quarter inches in diameter.  This is a great size and they are fairly heavy.  In our hardware store they sell them by the pound.

How To:

Gather your supplies.  You can use scraps and change up your fabrics in any combination you like.  Cut strips in three quarter inch widths.  Feel free to make your strips as long as you like.  Short ones, long ones, they all work.pattern weights 2Get out your hot glue gun.  Run a bead of glue around the flat side of the washer.  Match flat sides together.  Now you have a substantial weight.pattern weights 1Take your first fabric strip and apply a small dot of hot glue to anchor it to the washer.  Then begin wrapping.  It’s as easy as that!  Overlap the first couple rounds each time you change fabrics to ensure they stay put.  pattern weights 3When you have completely covered your washer, add a small drop of glue to secure the final wrap.pattern weight finishedUse these cute weights on your next project!  This is just another fun way to use fabric scraps we all have.

Do you use weights? Or are you strictly a pin type person?

Happy Sewing, Donna

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  • Pam @Threading My Way February 8, 2017, 3:47 pm

    I need to make some of these. So much better than sticky tape holders or whatever I have at hand.

  • rebecca August 26, 2020, 6:20 pm

    such an easy idea! i have downloaded patterns and BOUGHT patterns for this!!!!! This is a lot easier, cheaper, and uses up scrap fabric. Win-win for everybody!!!!

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