If you like rotary cutting, tracing patterns, can’t use pins on your fabric, etc etc, you’ll know how vital pattern weights are. Usually I just reach for the closest heavy objects, books, scissors, cup of coffee (you can guess how that one ended). So I nipped into John Lewis to see what they had. Of course I left empty handed and decided to make my own instead. This is how to do it:
- Rummage around in the garage. Look for something weighty and flat bottomed. Failing that go to a DIY shop and see what they have there. Washers are popular and inexpensive (and can be painted up to look like biscuits). I found some square and rectangular washer type things.
On their own they weren’t particularly heavy but remember, you can stack them to get the weight you want.
- once you get home give them a good wash to get rid of any greasy bits or labels and allow to air dry.
- stack them up and decide on how heavy you want them. At this point you can glue them together if you like.
- I cover mine in Washi tape.
I start by sticking a strip of tape around the edge to keep them together and then cover the remaining sections with more tape
- I use different tape for different weights. The lighter ones are best for tracing patterns onto paper and the heavier ones are best for cutting out fabric.