Pattern weights keep sewing patterns from slipping and shifting on the fabric when you cut it out. They don't leave holes or marks in your fabric either. I have a lot of Christmas sewing coming up. I figure it was about time I used pattern weights instead of straight pins.
I tried using metal bottle caps as pattern weights. I wanted my weights to be be heavier. I could have filled the bottle caps with plaster of Paris to add weight but I didn’t want to deal with the mess.
Next, I tried using metal washers as pattern weights. I like that the washers are a larger size than the bottle caps. I wanted these weights to be heavier too .because I work with thick fabrics.
I combined a bottle cap and a washer with a magnet and found size and weight pattern holding nirvana. (I don't get out much.)
How to Make Magnetic Pattern Weights
You will need:
1/2 inch washers
Optional washer decoration: spray paint
Optional bottle cap decoration: spray paint.craft paint, stencils, glitter etc.
1/2 inch round magnets
1. Paint the washers with spray paint.
2. Use the craft paint, stencils, glitter, etc. to decorate the tops of the bottle caps. Craft paint and spray paint both worked on my metal bottle caps. The craft paint took three to fours coats depending upon the color of the bottle cap and the color of craft paint I used. Spray paint took two coats but it is messier and something I wouldn't let kids use but that’s just me.
3. Glue a magnet to the inside of the bottle cap and allow the glue to dry.
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