Make Your Own Pattern Weights
By Audra Hoy Chaimson April 9, 2021
As a creator, I have a couple of weaknesses…. I can never let a good scrap go to waste and why buy it when I can make it? (Even though, chances are, that it will be more expensive than buying it…)
I am sure I am not alone here. :-)
My latest “I wonder how I can make those myself” moment was pattern weights.
With my sewing teeter-totter leaning more towards apparel than quilting lately, my need for pattern weights increased pretty quickly. Instead of using scraps for this particular project, I decided to use the beautiful Belle Epoque from Maywood Studios. You won’t need much to accomplish making these super useful tools in your sewing space.
- 8” x 4” piece of fabric (for however many weights you feel like making)
- Crushed walnut shells
Step 1: Take a 8” x 4” piece of fabric and fold in half, bringing short sides together.
Step 2: Sew two of the sides together with a ¼” seam leaving one side open for filling and turn right side out.
Step 3: Fold the top of the opening inwards a ¼” to create a clean edge seam. I love my Clover Roll & Press for this. No need to heat up the iron - quick and easy!
Step 4: Fold closed to create a pyramid shape and fill with walnut shells.
Step 5: Hand stitch closed with an invisible stitch.
I hope you try this quick and fun adventure! Use up your scraps, or your latest and greatest fabric purchases, to make these fun essential tools for letting your creativity flow in your sewing!