I finally got around to a project I’ve been meaning to do for forever! Make pattern weights! I’ve actually got some sewn pouches waiting to be filled with BBs, but would have to make a special trip to a sporting good store to get them. And I’m lazy (seriously I sewed them up probably a year ago! – in my defense I tried plastic pellets, but they weren’t heavy enough). So while I was at the home improvement store this weekend I picked up some washers and went a different route with my DIY pattern weights.
They turned out pretty cute, right! They were so easy to make and cost me just a few bucks for the washers! And they are so easy to make, so let’s get started!
I scrounged around in my scrap bin and found this colorful fabric leftover from making Cupcake’s circle skirt dress. I made a small snip in the fabric parallel to the selvage about half an inch in.
Then I grabbed either side of my snip and ripped my fabric! That was fun! I did that a few more times until I had several strips of fabric.
Then I gathered my fabric strips, plugged in my hot glue gun and sorted my washers. I bought two different sizes, so I would have big weights and little weights. I used 8 large washers and 12 small washers to make 8 weights.
My washers had a flat side (on the left) and a side with a round edge (on the right).
Once my hot glue gun was all warmed up I put some glue around the flat side of one washer, then put the flat side of a second washer on top, so both washers had the rounded edges on the outside. For the big washers I stacked two together. For the little washers I stacked 3 together.
The I put a dot of hot glue on my stacked washers, attached my fabric and began to wind it around the washers, overlapping a bit as I went. And every so often I added another dab of glue just to keep the fabric in place. When I got back to the end I put another dab of glue on and smooshed my fabric down, then trimmed the excess. And repeat for the remaining washers.
I’m so excited to finally have some pattern weights to use instead of pins, especially when working with knits! Now, what pattern should I make next…………….