Pretty Pattern Weights


I love to gather stones along the shores of rivers. Lately, I’ve narrowed my collection to heart shapes. These are much harder to find, so the result is that I lug fewer rocks home. It’s a fun and free treasure hunt, but also allows me to slow down and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This time, I had the pleasure of walking along the Eel River during my stay at Emandal at their first ever art retreat. Aside from hunting hearts among the stones, this time I looked for flat round stones to make into pattern weights. They all had to be about 3 inches in diameter and about 1/2 inch in thickness.


Once I got them home, I cut pieces of fabric about 3 times as big as the stones using pinking sheers. I gathered them about 1 inch from the edge and placed the stone in the middle. I pulled the gathers and then secured it with a thin ribbon which I doubled knotted and double knotted a bow (like you do when you tie children’s shoes).


Pretty Pattern Weights for free! They are easy to pick up, and slide around, plus they are a synch to make using scraps of fabric and a bit of creative energy.  It has made my pattern copying so much easier.



Pattern weights can cost a pretty penny and alternatives such as big nuts (that go with bolts) are also an extra expense. I hope this inspires you to think about stones  and how they can be repurposed!


Happy Sewing!

About SeamQueen

Seamstress, Sewist, Artist, Fashionista, Quilter, Upcycler, Textile Obsessed!
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4 Responses to Pretty Pattern Weights

  1. sewexhausted says:

    This is a fabulous idea! I am going to make some but it will probably be with beach rocks! I love these! ~Laurie


  2. Donna says:

    Excellent idea! Not only is it functional, but it also makes a very pretty display!


  3. Anny says:

    Fabulous idea! I use a couple of colorful antique tin cans that I throw spare change in for weights. But yours are so pretty and easier to handle!


  4. EmSewCrazy says:

    Cute and clever! Now I need a river to walk by.


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