I prefer using pattern weights to pins when cutting out my garments. I’ve been known to use soup cans, but small little weights that you can toss onto your pattern are so easy.
I’ve bought some in the past, but they are pretty expensive for what you get. I decided to make some myself.
Here is another way to make pattern weights
Love these pattern weight kits made by Sue Pelton! She started making them as a fundraiser for a creative group of women that I am happy to call my ‘tribe’, the Off Grain Stitchers. I was so excited to receive a full set of her kits in the mail, and couldn’t wait to make them up!
Sue designed the fabric herself, and admits the first pattern weight kits she made were printed on fabric from her home computer, but wanted better quality prints. So she began printing her fabric on Spoonflower for the kits.
The kits come with the basics: front and back fabrics, in addition to the all-important weight pellets. You’ll need thread (you can hand sew or machine sew these) and a little piece of heavy paper or a small funnel so you can add the weights without spilling.
Begin by sewing around the circle and leave about a 1″ opening. This is where you’ll pour the weighted filling material into the pattern weight.
Take your piece of heavy paper and make a little funnel to fit into the opening you left. Then fill with the weights provided.
You can see the weights are all in! Carefully go back to the sewing machine (or hand sew) the opening closed. Make sure to not spill the weights — they go everywhere! Want to ask me how I know? 🙂
Sew around the edges about three times, so the seam is nice and secure. You don’t want your seams to burst while you’re laying out and cutting a pattern.
Here are all the weights, ready to be trimmed and then use as pattern or paper weights!
The finished Pattern (or paper) Weights for SEWers! I love the designs and they are just the perfect size!
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