Here’s a quick little crafty make for any scraps of favourite fabric you have hoarded – pattern weights! As you can see they’re very handy things for keeping your patterns flat as you lay out each piece and making sure you’re getting the most efficient layout from your fabric.
So! Here’s what I used:
I’ve seen lots of tutorials online for circular pattern-weights using washers, and that’s what I was expecting to make myself. However to my delight, at our local B&Q, the biggest, heaviest washers I could find were these 2″ square ones – much easier to cover! I found two together made a nice solid weight.
I cut out some fabric strips about 6″ by 3″, and some scraps of wadding about 5.5″ by 2.5″. I used wadding to give the weights a nice feel and stop them clinking. First I folded the fabric over the wadding at the short ends and fastened it down with a running stitch, then I folded the strips right-sides together and sewed a 1/4″ seam each side, to make a sort of pocket. You can see one in the bottom-middle of the picture above. I also trimmed 45° off my corners to neaten them when they were turned right-sides-out.
I turned them right-sides-out and slipped two little weights into each one, like so:
Don’t they look nice and snuggly?
I whip-stitched the top of the weights closed neatly, and then, just as a finishing touch, I decided to unpick the first bit of stitching – the bit securing the fabric over the wadding at the ends – just to make them look a bit neater, like this:
And here they are, sweet and sunny for cheering me up as I attempt, for the second time, to successfully cut out a skirt in our lovely summery new Indie Chic range… I’ll keep you posted on how that works out…