I’m gearing up to sew my first pattern piece.  I’ve had the pattern ready to go for a while, but I’ve been stalling because…it’s intimidating.

However, one big hurdle will be jumped/avoided with my newest sewing tools: pattern weights.  I’ve read a lot about them, and I can totally see how much easier it will be to not have to pin the pattern down; the weights will hold it in place on my table.  I’m hoping that these little guys will give me some motivation to undertake my project.

(By the way?  A set of four pattern weights costs $13.99 at Joann Fabrics.  I paid $3.50 for a box of 25 washers and used ribbon that I’ve had for ages.  Just sayin’.)

I’ll share the tutorial from Our Nesting Ground that I bookmarked for the project, but it’s really quite simple.

Take some large washers, some ribbon, and a hot glue gun:

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Glue 4 washers together, and then wrap them with your favorite (or available) ribbon.

et voila! Pretty weights!  I only glued the end of the ribbon (I cut it to end on the inside of the weight), but you could glue the beginning, if you’re worried about slippage.

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These would make a great little last minute gift for a friend who sews or crafts with paper.