Do you have a sewing process you actively dislike? For me, it’s cutting out. Or rather, it’s the thought of the cutting out process that puts my teeth on edge; imagining it as a laborious obstacle to be gotten through before I can get on with the, y’know, actual sewing. My aim then was to speed up the process and make it more appealing in any way I can; crafting my own pattern weights, something I’ve aimed to do for a long time, seemed a good place to start.
So the question was, how many pattern weights can I get out of one metre of fabric?
Well, quite a lot as it happens.
Which all had to be cut out. Oh the irony!
In the end I think I’ve got something like 36 small weights and two larger ‘bean-bags’ from the same meterage; creating an iPad holder (for when you want to watch those all important Sewalongs / YouTube tutorials as you sew!) and a Kindle/Phone Holder. The small ones weigh in at about 20g apiece; perfect for weighing down delicate fabrics (hello silk voile, I’m looking at you!) Mine are filled with rice; using aquariam gravel and/or increasing the size of the triangles will give you an heftier weight.
They’re incredibly simple, as you might imagine, to make. Suffice to say you:
1) Cut out as many equilateral triangles as you can. The smallest ones I cut out measured approx 4.6” on each long side. I’d be tempted to make them a little bit bigger next time to pack in a bit more weight.
2) Mark the centre point of each of these lines and join them together to create the inner triangle, like so:
3) Right sides together, you align point a and b. Sew a scant seam approx 2/8”. Your starting point for sewing the seam should also start 2/8” from the top, but sewing right down to the bottom. (It’s important to start your seam slightly lower down like this to help adjoin all the seams to that top point). Backstitch at each end to secure. Trim your corners.
4) Then bring point c to b and align seam edges, sew as first seam.
5) Finally bring your third seam edge together. As before start 2/8” from the top (meeting and joining the other two stitched seams) but this time only sew to just before half way down the seam length and backstitch. This is your opening with which to fill your weights with something…weighty!
6) Turn them right side out and fill, slipstitching remaining seam closed.
I filled the smaller weights with el cheapo Basmati rice – I’d highly recommend using aquariam gravel if you can get it; not only does it repel moisture, it also packs a bit more weight / heft.
For the larger ones, I put rice in the bottom to stabilise them and then Beanbag type polystyrene balls for the remainder. Be careful not overfill them, they need to be pliable enough to securely squish your IPad, or whatever, into! The sewing is the same for the bigger ones, just use a bigger seam allowance and finish the seams to give them extra strength. You could make door-stops etc using the same method, though interfacing a weightier fabric would be needed.
So there you go, a very economical, useful and satisfying little project! And as I say, I think they’re rather cute…
…cute enough to stop-me-gritting-my-teeth-when-approaching-the cutting-table-level-cute, even!
And once I’d vacuumed up all the rice that had made a bid for freedom and escaped to the floor, I got straight back to the sewing table to sew up my new raincoat!
Happy sewing! Until next time…
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Disclaimer : This is a sponsored post in that the fabric was supplied by Minerva.com without charge. Post does not contain affiliate links. Sarah x