Added Oct 31, 2011
Cutting out patterns is one of those things that doesn’t need to be so tedious. Pinning out paper patterns is a pain! Have you ever considered weighing patterns down instead? You should!
Since college, I have hankered after a set of pattern weights or cloth weights or fabric weights for my own personal use. Unfortunately, like a lot of the cooler items I used during my course, metal pattern weights (like those found at Morplan or PGM ) are not available on the retail market in Australia and the cost of shipping them here from overseas is crazy.
You can buy home-use sets which are basically small metal washers with a nylon coating- or you can raid the pantry for tins of food. They’re all adequate substitutions- but to me, it felt like I was being “cheap”, not “thrifty”. Being thrifty is about doing a good job with limited resources. I wanted to look forward to laying out my patterns and perhaps feel a little extravagant when using them. So I set about trying to make my own mini cloth weights.
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