How to Make Pattern Weights

When using commercial sewing patterns, you will find that the tissue easily rips when it is pinned to the fabric. Sewing pattern weights are a great alternative to pins, and are very easy to make!

How to make your own pattern weights with yarn and hex nuts

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Supplies needed to make sewing pattern weights:

Yarns in a basket and a contractor's box of hex nuts used to make pattern weights for sewing

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.

That’s it!!!

I’ve seen these selling for $15 for a set of 4 weights!

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