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Sewing Weights Tutorial

April 26, 2011

I recently wanted to try out using some sewing weights instead of pins for cutting out patterns, but wanted to make something cute. At first I was going to make some with pennies inside, but a friend suggested using fishing weights and I’m very pleased with the results. I’ve put together a little tutorial so you can make your own. Not interested in making your own? Scroll down for details on a set I’ll be giving away.

Pattern Weights Supplies

First you’ll want to gather your supplies.

  • Fabric Scraps (get out the scrap bin!)
  • Pinking Shears
  • Compass or circle to trace (about 2″ diameter)
  • Fishing Weights – size 7 – 2 packages (10 per weight)

First press your fabric scrap since it was last crammed into your scrap bin.
Trace a Circle

Trace your circle on the back side of your fabric. If you’re making a lot of these, it’ll be easier to make a template.


Cut out your circle with your pinking shears and flip the fabric so wrong sides are facing each other. Now we’re going to sew!


Find a coordinating thread color and sew a 1/4 inch around the outside of your circle. Make sure to leave a small hole (about 1/2 inch) so that you can put your weights in. Put 10 fishing weights in your fabric pouch. Finish by sewing over the hole and make sure to overlap with previous seam.

Sewing Weights

Repeat until you have desired number of sewing weights. I made a set of six and have found that to be sufficient so far. Ten would be more than enough. You could also make them any shape, I just happen to like circles.

I’ve made another set of six to giveaway to a lucky blog reader! Just leave a comment before midnight on Thursday April 28th to win your own set. Winner will be chosen by random number generator.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Martha permalink
    April 26, 2011 5:21 am

    Dude, these look awesome. Even if I don’t win the set, I think I’ll make some for myself. Thanks, Jodie.

  2. April 26, 2011 6:59 am

    What a great idea! I hate using pins, it’s so time-consuming. I’ll have to try these!

  3. April 26, 2011 3:49 pm

    I’ve recently adopted a sewing machine and will be learning to use it very soon. Since I’m a newbie, what are these for? :)

    • violinjodie permalink*
      April 26, 2011 5:08 pm

      You use these as you are cutting out your pattern. Instead of pinning the pattern pieces to your fabric, you lay these on top to keep everything in place!

  4. April 28, 2011 12:44 pm

    how delightful! there are quite a few nice odds and ends we can adapt from fishing for our knitting… yay, thank you for the great idea Jodie!

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