When using commercial sewing patterns, you will find that the tissue easily rips when it is pinned to the fabric. Pattern weights are a great alternative to pins!
What you will need:
- a contractor’s pack of 5/8″ galvanized hex nuts
- and some yarn.
- ribbon or strips of fabric will also work
- an alternative to hex nuts would be large, heavy galvanized washers.
When I was picking out the hex nuts at the store, some guy walking by asked, “And what are you going to use those for?” (As if I didn’t have a clue what I was doing.)
Being the smart ass that I am, I answered, “Sewing” and grabbed the box of hex nuts and walked away.
He’s probably still standing in the aisle with a very confused look on his face.
How to make the pattern weights:
- Cut a length of yarn about 36″ long. The weights pictured were made using a cotton DK weight yarn.
- Thread a large yarn needle with a single strand of your yarn. Using a needle makes this so much easier than trying to poke the yarn through the hex nut over and over.
- Wrap the yarn around and around the hex nut, overlapping so the metal does not show.
- Keep wrapping until the entire hex nut is covered.
- Clip the yarn so the end is in the center of the hex nut, and secure it with a drop of crazy glue.
I’ve seen these selling for $15 for a set of 4 weights!