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.

Step 1: Supplies

You will need:
  • 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
  • thread
  • fabric cutter or scissors
  • thread snips or scissors
  • Hot glue gun, or just regular craft glue if you're more patient than me

<p>Love these! I have purchased weights, but these are much prettier. And... always need more. I have a sack of small ball bearings that I think I can now put to use.</p>
<p>Ball bearings! Brilliant! </p>
<p>I have been sewing for almost 50 years, and this is the first time I've ever seen pattern weights! I have weighted a pattern with scissors, thread spools, etc., but never thought to make something specifically for the purpose. So I raided the garage and found an assortment of washers and forged ahead. Some were square, as you see in the attached photo, and I had to fold creatively and trim some excess fabric to cover these - gathering the edges and drawing them up like on the round ones didn't work. I used a canvas-weight upholstery fabric, which was a little too heavy. It got so bulky it was hard to push into the center hole, so I used a screwdriver to force it in. It ended up okay, and the button covered any problems. Thanks for your 'ible! </p>
<p>Your weights are adorable. I really like the square ones too. They sort of look like little envelopes. :)</p>
I've been looking at different fabric weights &amp; these are brilliant!! Thanks for such a great 'ible ;)<br><br>Beth
I'm a new sewer and I never thought of using washers! Brilliant!
This is great!<br> Im doing applied apparel technology and our school finally got us some &quot;weights&quot; (off cuts from the steel from the construction section) these are great... but this would have been so handy to know instead of waiting for school supplies.<br>Thanks so much for this ible.. Im going underthe house to see if I can find any large washers =D
This so cute!<br>I did a similar thing several years ago-winding variegated yarn around pairs of heavy washers--but the embellishment make yours way prettier.
I saw a similar idea, where the washers were wrapped in bias strips of fabric. That's the project that gave me the idea to encase them in a 'yoyo'. I love the variegated yarn idea. Bet they're pretty.
Great idea, I never used washers, neverthought about it. I used knives and forks from my silverware drawer. I just found a new project. Thank you!
That is a really creative idea! And very cute!

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