Free Tutorial – Easy Pattern Weights

Free Pattern - pattern weights

These pattern weights are sooooooooo easy to make. Seriously. Each one takes less than five minutes. Dig into your fabric scraps and make a big batch of them for a sewing friend. This fabric (of course – to match the rest of my sewing room – is designed by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 Fabrics.

I’ve tried a lot of different styles of pattern weights and these are, hands-down, my favorite. The pyramid shape makes them really easy to grab, and they’re super heavy. My secret ingredient is aquarium gravel. I actually weighed all kinds of possible fillers to see which one weighed the most by volume. Gravel weighed more than twice as much as the next closest option!

sewing 1

This is so easy it doesn’t merit a printable PDF. We’re going to just jump right in. Ready?

Cut a piece of fabric 6 1/2 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches tall.
Fold it so the right sides are together. Sew across the short ends using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Turn the little tube right side out. Flatten it so the seam is running up one side. Sew across one end using 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Using contrasting thread is fun. :-)

Fill it with 3 tablespoons of aquarium gravel. Flatten it this time so the seam is running up the center. Sew across the end using 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Careful not to spill the gravel while you’re getting it under the presser foot. :-)

Trim up the edges using pinking shears. Not too close to the seam


If you’re making these for a friend, 6-10 is a nice quantity. That’s enough to hold down just about any pattern.

These are really handy for more than just cutting patterns. I especially love using them for holding down the corners of freezer paper when I’m tracing applique designs.

These are the easy peasy pattern weights. Come back Friday for a much fancier (and totally different but still functional) design.

Happy sewing!


11 thoughts on “Free Tutorial – Easy Pattern Weights

    1. Hi! I'm Wendi!

      There are now two Ed Emberley collections. It looks like Hawthorne Threads has all of collection 2 and still some of collection 1. Look here.
      For the rest of collection 1, I recommend going on Etsy and searching for Emberley fabric. Then narrow it down to Supplies so you weed out all the finished items made from the fabric. You’ll see lots of it still available. Happy sewing!

  1. Jessibeth Vicenty

    I finally made mine! I will be putting them on my blog in the next days, obvious it will link back to you. I defiantly would be lost if it wasn’t for your sewing lessons. Thanks so much for the lessons and all! You can’t Imagine..really!


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