Hand Made Pattern Weights

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.

a family of 6 pattern weights

A family of 6 pattern weights.

tubing

 

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.

tubing piece filled with lead shot

tubing piece filled with lead shot

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.

top covering

top covering

bottom covering

bottom covering

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.

finished weight with side covering

finished weight with side covering

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.

washers ready to be stuck together

washers ready to be stuck together

4 washers glued together

4 washers glued together

washers then filled with lead shot

washers then filled with lead shot

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.

 

 

7 thoughts on “Hand Made Pattern Weights

  1. Vilma

    This info about making weights caused me to think of other things I could “recycle” as I have 4 store bought weights but use more on slippery fabric. Great idea and thanks from Canada

    1. annieg Post author

      Hi Vilma. I am glad you liked my idea. It is great that you are thinking about utilizing what you have around your house to fulfill your needs.
      Cheerio and Kind Regards
      Annie G

  2. wanda j

    these are great can’t wait to make and then maybe share for Christmas gifts with newbies. Seems like they would be easier to use than pins. I hate pinning things always have even after 50+ years. Thanks for showing us here in the USA your ideas.

    1. annieg Post author

      H Wanda. Yes they are much easier and a lot faster than using pins. Plus you can make so many with different types of fabrics. I am glad that you will be able to share them as gifts.
      All the best. Ann

  3. Susan

    I love this idea. I am using a rotary cutter again, after many years of not using it and this is so much better then pinning. I am going out this week and get what I need. Thank you for such a great idea.

    1. annieg Post author

      HI Susie. I am so glad that you are able to make your own set of pattern weights – I just love mine. All the best and kind regards. Annie.

  4. Virginia Severns

    I made my pattern weights using 3 inch squares of fabric in two colors. Using the [I think is bi-corn) pattern. Fold each set of s0quares in half and snip 1/4 inch in each side. Sew together, the corner of opposite square at the center snip. Sew around, stitching a few stitches in each end of the lastti side of each weight. Turn and using a funnel with a big opening (I used a Tupperware rectangular funnel) in the opening and fill with about 1/4 cup of weighted material. I purchased new clean aquariom rock for mine. Pin the opening closex after filling and stitch all in evening while watching TV or sitting outside. I finish my hand sewing or menfing this way, is very relaxing for me.
    Using the 3 inch squares makes the weights just the right size. I keep mine in a tall plastic (32 oz size) container I get cotton candy in, on sale, after a holiday. You mentioned ay find a plastic container with a good fitting lid for yours, it keeps the weights together, clean and you can move them where you need to use them.
    I also purchased about 8 or 12 flatware knives at a thrift shop to supplement my weights for when I need a weight along the edge of a long seam. This I read on Facebook and liked the idea.

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