Posted on Tuesday the 30th January 2018 by Fiona @ The Sewing Directory
For years I’ve been meaning to sew myself some pattern weights and never got around to it, instead I use books to weigh down pattern sheets. So this month when I spotted that the Tim Holtz Fabrics were on sale I knew they would be ideal for pattern weights. I chose 8 differnt prints as I wanted each one to have a different print, but you could easily make them with just 2 or 3 fat quarters.
I picked a selection of fat quarters which had darker more vibrant prints than the ones I have used in the past. I also bought a cheap bag of Tesco value rice to fill the pattern weights with. I used the tutorial from Tea and a Sewing Machine. However, because both my cutting board and rulers are in inches I altered the measurements to 4 by 8 inches. It was a much smaller piece of fabric that I realised so I decided to cut a 4 inch strip off each fat quarter and make 2 of each design. One set for me and 1 set as a gift.
They were very quick and easy to make up. I filled them each 2/3rd with rice as recommended, I found each weight takes around 100g of rice so I used around 1 and a half 1kg packs. I decided I was too impatient to hand sew 16 pattern weights closed so tried to figure out of there was a way I could do it by machine.
I discovered if you put 2 long pins across the weight, putting them in and out of the fabric several times, it was enough to hold back the rice so you could machine stitch the closure. I had to use a zipper foot as that was narrow enough to go between the pins and the edge of the fabric. The ony downside of this is that the stitching is visible, but I didn’t mind that. It will make no difference to me when I use the weights.
As with almost everything I make my son decided he needed some too! He wanted to use them for playing catch and to practice juggling. He chose a couple of fabrics out of his stash, one of which (the cat print) originally came from Minerva Crafts so you can buy it here if you like it. Although he doesn’t sew at the minute, he decided it wasn’t a cool thing for 9 year old boys to do, he still has a whole drawer of fabric in my sewing room that he picks from when he wants me to make things for him.
The set I plan to give as a gift I decided to wrap them in fabric as they’d be very awkard to wrap with paper. So I laid out a fat quarter, piled the weights in the middle and then pulled the fabric up around them, tying the top with ribbon. It looks great, I might have to make some more of these as gifts.