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.
Step 1: Supplies
- 1 or 2 heavy washers for each weight. I used 2" wide washers
- Something to mark a circle with. This should be twice the width of your washer
- Fabric scraps at least double the width of your washers in both directions
- 1 large 'shank' button for each weight
- a needle
- fabric cutter or scissors
- thread snips or scissors
- Hot glue gun, or just regular craft glue if you're more patient than me
Step 2: Draw a Circle on the Fabric
If you are using a single washer for the weight, cut the fabric along the marked line. If you are using two washers, cut slightly outside the line, about 1/8".
Step 3: Sew a Gathering Stitch Around the Circle
Thread a needle with an 18" piece of thread. Tie a knot in the long end.
Inserting the needle first from the 'right' side of the fabric, sewing a running stitch just inside the edge of the fabric. The size of the running stitch will depend on the fabric, smaller stitches for lightweight cottons, larger stitches for heavy fabrics like denim or fake fur.
Step 4: Gather the Circle
Pull the thread until the circle starts to gather up. Place one or two washers inside at this point. then continue to pull the thread until the fabric is gathered up, completely covering the washers.
There will be a small hole left in the center.
Step 5: Tie Off
Reinforce the gather by stitching around the circle again, through the gathers. Once you've been around the circle again, tie another knot and cut off the excess thread.
Step 6: Glue the Button
You can also use regular white craft glue, like Sobo, if you don't have a hot glue gun. You'll just have to wait longer while it dries.