Make your Own Pattern Weights.
I really like to make things – and I love figuring out how to accomplish the mad ideas I have in my head. If you ask my students some of them will agree that I am a bit “mad”.
I was looking on line and I came across the Dritz Pattern Weights. They are not cheap but I loved the idea of them – also having them sent for the US would have been a bit expensive given what they are, so I thought I would invent my own version.
These are very easy to accomplish. I went to Bunnings and found in the gardening aisle various widths of clear vinyl tubing. It is used for garden irrigation. It comes in various diameter combinations, and my weights were made with the 25mm diametre tubing. The piece was 90cms in length and I cut each piece 30mm in height. I hand cut them each with a Stanley knife, but next time I will just cut them on my drop saw. The vinyl is quite softish and the saw will easily do it.
I had read that these weights were filled with buckshot, so called Clayton Firearms and they said that they stocked lead pellets. I have never been to a firearms shop before and it was quite fascinating and a very interesting experience. ( for those overseas readers we have extremely strict gun-control laws in Australia and access to firearms/related products is very strictly controlled.)
After I had cut my tubing dimensions I had some left over medium weight leather scraps that I then glued 9 clear craft glue) to the bottom of the tubing. I filled my little tube with the lead shot, and then glued (craft glued) a top to it to keep the lead shot from spilling out.
I then used some scrap Japanese craft cotton that I had left over to cover the outside of the tubing. I covered both the top and bottom of the circular tubing first. used craft glue from a bottle so it didn’t dry to quickly which enabled me to be able to flatten the fabric a bit better.
I then cut some longer bias strips for around the outside edge. I turned each long edge over and finger pressed. I didn’t want a rough cut edge on my pieces. Again I used craft glue for the application.
I was so pleased with how great these little weights are I then investigated other possibilities. The next photo’s show some washers that I purchased at Bunnings .
( wouldn’t it be great if Bunnings was teamed next to a massive fabric warehouse – I would go and LIVE there !!!!!…lol…) I’m not sure what fabric I am going to cover them in – while I was at Bunnings I also purchased some 32mm diameter clear tubing to make some slightly bigger pattern weights.
I hope you have enjoyed my journey in making my beautiful little pattern weights.
So that leads me to my next question???
What nifty sewing aides have you hand made??.
Cheerio and Good luck to you all.
Ann from Designer Stitch School of Fashion and Design.