Step 2: Draw a Circle on the Fabric

Use a pencil, fabric marking pen, or chalk to trace around the edge of your 'circle sizing device'.

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".
<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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