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 (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!
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. 🙂
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.
Where do you get your awesome fabric from? 😀
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. http://www.hawthornethreads.com/search/do_search
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!
Thanks Wendi 😀
Thanks Wendi! I still pin everything but want to try this!
Aquarium gravel, what a great idea
And I was just thinking about buying some. Thank you so much!
I was following your advise with filling up resealable bags with gravel but I think I’m going to make a few of these too!
I loved the resealable bags – but kids REALLY liked messing with them when I taught. 🙂 These are permanently closed, which is good. Plus they’re cute. 🙂
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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Thank you so much! I have a friend who uses weights, but I was raised with pins. I decided to try these after I saw your idea for the gravel. I pulled out a piece of fabric from a scrap drawer and it was a perfect 6 1/2 inches. I got 12 3 1/2 inch pieces from it. Did assembly line sewing and had them done in about half an hour. I’ll be using them tomorrow when I make a dress.
I’ve just completed my weights today and looking forward to trying them on my next shirt.
Like many others I’ve glued to large steel washers together with hot glue. Unfortunately the glue seems to lose its tackiness quickly (effect of being sandwiched between two cold pieces of metal?) so I then put them on the oven at 250 for just a couple of minutes. The glue remelted and they melded together better.
Once cool I spray painted them with Plasti-dip – a rubberizing paint. Now one side of my washer weights cling REALLY well to the pattern paper and no more annoying slipping! Overlapping a few of them on both the pattern edge and the fabric is a sure way to keep everything aligned. They grab onto the fabric even better than the paper.
A lot of work but they are a perfect, simple, utilitarian device that does the job perfectly.
Thank you for this idea. Made a dozen this afternoon.
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Just a suggestion for anyone having issues with gravel spillage… try putting your gravel into the toe of an old pantyhose (or another section, after it’s been cut, but you will obviously have to tie both sides) and then tie a small knot, and tuck it into one of the corners. Stops it from seeping out and potentially messing up your project. (This works well when stuffing Amigurumi as well… either pellets or fluff)
OH!! and thank you so much for the adorable and extremely useful pattern! I will make a million of these in the years to come!