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!


  • Carol LasureApr 22, 2021

    Most sewers are also button collectors so what a great idea to use odd buttons, especially those shirt buttons that you just can’t throw away even though you don’t have any idea what to do with them.

  • Audra Hoy Chaimson (Nancy's Notions)Apr 14, 2021

    Hi all! Great ideas on all the other uses! You can totally adjust the size accordingly as well, larger or smaller, for your specific uses. Bean bag toss especially – great idea! In regards to the walnut shells, you can find them here: But YES, you can totally use other filling! Rice, beans, even desert filling for our fun lizard friends from the animal store works! Thanks for the great questions and feedback!

  • Libbie KacubaApr 14, 2021

    Where can I find crushed walnut shells??
    Thank you so much!

    Libbie K. in Wisconsin

  • Pat DotsethApr 14, 2021

    I am going to try the pellet weights I purchased to make a weighted blanket for an autistic child. I didn’t need all of them and this sounds like a good option to use them. I will let you know if it works OK.

  • LInda PhilyawApr 14, 2021

    You can find crushed walnut at Walmart at the gun counter.

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