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DIY pattern weight tutorial

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DIY pattern weight tutorial

Who else loves rotary cutting! I hate using scissors to cut out patterns but pattern weights are a must to keep the paper from slipping as you roll around it. Riley Blake sent me some of the cute new Pin Drop fabric line and I couldn’t resist using it as diy pattern weights with the fun pins all over it! If the shape looks intimidating, I promise it’s not. Keep reading to see how you only cut 2 squares to sew these up!

how to make a pattern weight

Aren’t those pins cute! The pin drop fabric line comes in a bunch of solid colors, making it a nice basic with a fun little graphic.

You may recognize this same shape used in my tutorials for a diy phone cord weight and bean bag door stop tutorial, now it’s resized for the perfect pattern weight!

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how to make pattern weights


  • Fat quarters of the Pin Drop fabric line
  • Acrylic quilt ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Iron
  • Poly fill
  • Filler -You can use glass beads, poly pellets, or chopped up fabric scraps and poly-fill. (you could also use beans or rice, but the pellets make it easy to throw in the wash!)


1- Cut two 4.5″ squares and sew them together on three sides with 1/4″ seam allowance.

2- Press the seams open.


3- Open up the squares and match the middle seams together, this will form the new shape.


5-Trim off the corners, making sure not to clip through the stitching. Gently pull it right-side-out through the gap that you left, and poke the corners out gently with a chopstick or a pen. Use an iron to press the seams again.

6- Stuff! I used a mixture of Poly Fill, fabric scraps, and glass beads to give it a nice shape and weight while staying machine washable.

ladder stitch photo

7- Sew up the opening; I used a ladder stitch but you could also use your machine to sew it shut. You’re done!

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Patty McGuire

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

I love these! Your Ladder stitch is GORGEOUS, my friend.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 12th of July 2020

You're so kind Patty!!

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