I was browsing through “Couture Sewing Techniques”, by Claire Shaeffer a few months ago, and came across a basic supply item I’d never heard of before, pattern weights.
After a quick search I figured out they’re basically used in lieu of pins, and can help you get a cleaner cut with less distortion to your original pattern. Since I’m getting ready to start a new dress I thought they might be nice to try out, but I couldn’t find the stupid things anywhere.
Hobby Lobby and Hancock didn’t seem to have them. Amazon had them in stock, but they wanted 10.96 for 4 weights. Yeah, there was no way I was paying that much for a glorified paper weight, so started searching for some DIY solutions. I ended finding this this awesome tutorial, and decided to go with it.
I using the following
* 10- 2 inch washers
* Sailor Moon artwork that re-sized and printed from my laser printer
Total spent $3.60
I liked how they turned out. For under 4 dollars I made 10 Sailor Moon themed weights 🙂