Friday, May 19, 2017

Sewing pattern weights

I have been wanting to make some sewing pattern weights for myself for ages and have just got around to it.  They are used instead of pins to hold your pattern in place on your fabric so that you can trace or cut around your pattern.  

The advantage of using pattern weights over pins are :

  • there is less distortion of the fabric and
  • they are quicker and easier to use than pins.

I used this tutorial to get started but did tweak it a little.  I made some sets at the size suggested in the tutorial, but decided to make some slightly larger and prefer the larger size. However a mix of sizes and weights could be very useful.

You can use rice or dried beans, kitty litter, sand or aquarium gravel to fill them, but I wanted a clean fill with no dust.  I ended up using doll stuffing pellets and lead weights (sinkers, lead pellets, etc).  You can then adjust the weight to whatever you prefer.

If you are not keen on making your own pattern weights or are looking for a gift for a sewing friend, you can find sets of pattern weights in my shop.

Do you use pattern weights?  What do you like about them?  Ciao for now kittens!


  1. Very pretty! I'm a big fan of the pattern weight. I use couple of pins along the grainline marking, then smooth out the pattern and put down the weights. I use big flat pebbles I found walking on the local beach.

  2. I like using pattern weights, too. I used a mixture of homemade pyramids like yours filled with washed gravel and flat polished pebbles. Larger pyramids are a good idea, I must make some.

  3. I like using weights. Mine are large washers from Bunnings. Not as pretty as yours, but they stack well on a wooden holder my son made me...I have about 20 of them.

  4. Sue the weights are lovely. A nice gift for a sewing pal too. Much more attractive than the, smallest size baked bean cans, I currently use.


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