Pattern weights are used while cutting the fabric for a garment or craft sewing project. The pattern weights hold the pattern down to the fabric,allowing you to cut without having the pattern shift. And they're faster than using pins.
Pattern weights can be bought from sewing and craft stores, but usually cost $10 for 4 weights, e.g. this set on Amazon
. Like many crafters I use heavy, metal washers as weights because they only cost $.25 - .5 each. Naturally I wanted to decorate my weights, and here's how you can too.