These pretty pattern weights 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.
Sewing pattern weights is really easy to do, so this is a great project for beginners to try.
Read on to learn how to make your own pattern weights and recycle some leftover fabric odds and ends in the process. This pattern makes 15 pattern weights, so your sewing kit will be stocked up in no time!
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 (3⁄8in) seam allowance.
Step-by-step: how to make pattern weights
You Will Need
- A fat quarter
- Aquarium gravel
- Bright thread
- Basic sewing kit
Cutting out the squares
Draw a grid of 9x9cm (35⁄8x35⁄8in) squares on the right side (RS) of your fabric. You should get 30 squares from your fat quarter, which will make 15 pattern weights.
Cut the squares out along the lines.
Stitching the squares
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.
Turn RS out and press.
Draw and cut out a template from card measuring 2x2cm (¾x¾in).
Place this card in the centre of your square and draw around it with a white pencil or fabric pen.
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
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.
Hand-sew the opening closed using small neat stitches so the gravel can’t escape.
Repeat this to sew and fill the remainder of the fabric squares until you have 15 lovely pattern weights.
You’re finished making your sewing weights! Enjoy using your pattern weights whenever you get crafty.
5 sewing weights to buy
Don’t have time to make your own sewing weights? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites for you to buy.
Pattern weights from ByBridie
These attractive pattern weights from ByBridie on Etsy are sure to bring some style to your sewing space! They’ll keep your fabric where it needs to be and will look great even when you’re not using them.
BearandBirdSewing handmade pattern weights
Prefer to use fabric pattern weights? This cute geometric set from BearandBirdSewing is just what you need! Add them to your craft stash today.
Handmade fabric pattern weights from VickiesfancyCrafts
This fantastic sewing-themed set of pattern weights are both stylish and practical. If you want to be really coordinated, you can order a matching pin cushion too.
Polymer clay donut pattern weights from KiddyLizzy
These colourful sewing weights look good enough to eat (but don’t!). They’re a great way to add a bit of fun to your sewing sessions and your crafty friends will certainly be envious!
Mixed dotty pyramid sewing weights from HectorsHouseSupplies
Add some vintage style to your sewing sessions with these cheerful pattern weights! They’re both pretty and practical and would make a great gift for a crafty pal.