TUTORIAL - Make your own pattern weights!
- By Bec Cooper
Are you a bit like me when cutting out your patterns and find yourself using the nearest heavy item to weigh down your pieces?
I could end up with a can of tuna, my mug of half-finished coffee, an apple or the whole fruit bowl laid out to keep my pieces in place.
Using a few small pieces of scrap fabric, you can whip up some stylish and practical pattern weights in next to no time!
What you need:
- Scrap fabric cut into 9” x 5” pieces (woven fabrics like canvas, cotton poplin or twill are best)
- Ribbon cut into 2” lengths
- Filling – I used clay cat litter (clean of course!) but you could use any type of small weighted pellet type filling like baking weights, rice, dried beans or small pebbles for example.
- Cut fabrics into 9” x 5” rectangles and ribbon into 2” lengths.
- Place the ribbon in the centre of one short side (right sides together) of your rectangle and clip into place.
- Fold the fabric, right sides together, so the short sides meet at the raw edges. The ribbon will be sandwiched between the fabric.
- Stitch along two raw edges, leaving one open, using a ½” seam allowance.
- Clip the corners, being careful not to clip through the stitching, and turn right sides out.
- Fold the edges of the opening into the centre by ½”, and iron flat. You can choose to fold them so you end up with a square bean bag style weight, or you can fold perpendicular to the seam where your ribbon is located to make a triangle bean bag like shown.
- Fill with your choice of weighted filling.
- Close the opening using a ladder stitch.