DIY Pattern Weights Tutorial

Cutting out your sewing patterns will be a breeze thanks to this guide to how to make pattern weights by Jennie Jones. Read on for our free tutorial.

How to make DIY pattern weights

These prettiest of sewing room accessories are a great way to use up fabric scraps you can’t bear to part with and make lovely gifts for friends and family who share your love of sewing.

What are pattern weights? They’re a handy way to stop your fabric moving around while you cut out patterns or while tracing out a pattern – trust us, it’s a life-changing tip! You’ll find endless uses for your sewing weights and you’ll soon wonder how you ever managed without them.

Read on to learn how to make your own pattern weights and recycle some leftover fabric odds and ends in the process.

Looking for more ways to use up leftover fabric? Learn how to make scissor keeps, turn fabric scraps into Christmas baubles or try our sleep mask pattern.

You will need…

  • 1 fat quarter of fabric (we’ve used Midnight from the Cotton Candy range by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio)
  • Thin card
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Bright sewing threads
  • Basic sewing kit


Use a 1cm (38in) seam allowance.

Pattern weights sewing pattern

Step-by-step: how to make pattern weights


Total time:

Cutting out the squares

Step 1

Draw a grid of 9x9cm (358x358in) squares on the right side (RS) of your fabric. You should get 30 squares from your fat quarter, which will make 15 pattern weights.

How ot sew your own pattern weights step 1

Step 2

Cut the squares out along the lines.

Stitching the squares

Step 1

Pin two squares RS facing then sew them together all the way around, leaving a 2.5cm (1in) turning gap in the centre of one side. Trim the corners.


Step 2

Turn RS out and press.

Step 3

Draw and cut out a template from card measuring 2x2cm (¾x¾in).

Step 4

Place this card in the centre of your square and draw around it with a white pencil or fabric pen.


Step 5

Sew around your drawn square through both layers of fabric. I chose to sew my squares in different coloured threads – picking out the colours in the fabric pattern.

Filling the weights

Step 1

Fill your square with the gravel. I tried using a funnel but found a jug was easier. Fill it to the top and then shake the gravel down so it’s really full and pin the opening closed.


Step 2

Hand-sew the opening closed using small neat stitches so the gravel can’t escape.

Step 3

Repeat this to sew and fill the remainder of the fabric squares until you have 15 lovely pattern weights.



You’re finished! Enjoy using your pattern weights whenever you get crafty.

How to make pattern weights