This simple DIY project will make your sewing projects a breeze. If you’re tired of using pins to hold down patterns while cutting fabric (and ripping your tissue paper pattern pieces), I have just the solution for you. In this article, I’ll guide you step-by-step on how to make your own pattern weights. These little guys are practical AND you can customize them to suit the fiber bits you have on hand. So, let’s get started!
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Supplies needed to make sewing pattern weights:
- a contractor’s pack of 5/8″ galvanized hex nuts
- ribbon or strips of fabric will also work
- or embroidery floss
- super glue
- an alternative to hex nuts would be large, heavy galvanized washers.
When I was picking out the hex nuts at the big box hardware store, some guy walking by asked, “And what are you going to use those for?” (As if I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.)
Being the smart ass that I am, I answered, “Sewing” and grabbed the box of hex nuts and walked away.
He’s probably still standing in the aisle with a very confused look on his face.
How to make sewing pattern weights
Cut a length of yarn about 36″ long. The weights pictured were made using a cotton DK weight yarn.
Thread a large yarn needle with a single strand of your yarn. Using a yarn needle makes this so much easier than trying to poke the yarn through the hex nut over and over.
Wrap the yarn around and around the hex nut, overlapping so the metal does not show.
Keep wrapping until the entire hex nut is covered.
Clip the yarn so the end is in the center of the hex nut, and secure it with a drop of super glue.
So, whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or a beginner just starting out, you’ll see that pattern weights are a game-changer. They offer a secure hold, prevent fabric distortion, and keep your tissue paper patterns intact. By following these simple steps, you can create a collection of these handy tools that will change your sewing experience for the better. I’ve seen commercially made sets of pattern weights selling for $15 for a set of 4 weights!