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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

How to Tuesday: Pattern Weights

I can't tell you how many times I have been working on a project and thought to myself, "I need more hands!" While I haven't yet figured out how to make that happen, I have discovered a few little tricks that help with the juggling. One of these is to use pattern weights. If you haven't used them before, you will love them! And if you already love them then today's tutorial is perfect because we're going to teach you how to make your own pattern weights. Here's Morgan! 

To get started you will need about a cup of rice and two 5"x 5" scraps of fabric. 

With our fabric pieces right sides together we sew along all 4 edges, making sure to leave a 1" gap. 

After turning it right side out and pressing, we will topstitch along all four sides and again leave a 1" gap in the same place. 

We will repeat the above step but this time we will sew 1/4" below the top stitch. 

Using a funnel, pour your rice into the weight. Do not pack it full! You want to leave some space for the rice to move around. 

Pushing the rice to the sides, we will sew the opening closed.  

And just like that, you're done! 

Simply lay the weight down wherever it seems most useful to you. (We're starting to cut out a William's vest as you can see). A pattern weight means less hassle, less pinning, and less juggling. Sounds good to me.

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

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