Pattern Weights

When i first started the blog i posted a cute, quick tutorial on how to make easy pattern weights. As well as updating the blog over the next few weeks i wanted to also update my pattern weights and a few things in my sewing room.

Easy Pattern Weights lorelei Jayne

My old ones were getting really tatty and i had cut into them a tiny bit, oops! But the good thing is because you make them with scrap fabric you can change them up quickly whenever you want!

I have been using Mending brackets. They were about 50 cents from the hardware store. They are awesome. Heavy enough and i like the long rectangles.

I put them over the folded edges of fabric to keep that nice and flat while cutting the fabric. You could make these with any bracket (square or rectangle) by adding seam allowance + 1/8″ to each side and 1″ to the top side for top stitching.

My pattern weights measure 1″x 5″ so with a seam allowance i cut 2 pieces 1 3/4″ x 6″

Easy Pattern Weights lorelei Jayne

fold down the top 1/4″ and with right sides together sew from the folded top down the side, bottom and other side leaving the folded top open.

Clip the bottom corners and trim the seam at the sides of the folded edge.

Turn right side out. I use a loop turner for this.

Easy Pattern Weights lorelei Jayne

Put the pattern weight (mending bracket) into the push it right to the bottom

Top stitch 1/8″ across or close the hole with a slip stitch.

Easy Pattern Weights lorelei Jayne

Cute pattern weights! You’ll love using them and making your cutting table cute at the same time!

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7 thoughts on “Pattern Weights

  1. I have been using smooth river rocks that my husband got for me but I want to get some of the flat straight kind you show. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have been using large smooth river rocks my husband got me but I now want some of these straight flat kind. Thanks for sharing.

  3. When cutting out. Sometimes I use pins when machining sometimes if its straight I don't need to.

  4. Brilliant!! I might be able to find a few back in the shed where all that sort of thing is stashed. I might as well do something worthwhile with the stuff found there. Maybe even stuff a sack with unused screws or bolts. That is certainly a good way to use up that is collecting nothing but dust…like my sewing machine. *sigh*

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