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Pattern weight tutorial

Pattern weight tutorial
Pattern weights are a great way to weigh down your Patterntrace (Swedish tracing paper) when tracing patterns. It's much faster than pinning your pattern pieces. I also find them come in handy when cutting fabric too, they help to keep it still. These pattern weights are quick and easy to make from scraps of fabric.


Scraps of fabric at least 8 x 4 inches, or 2-3 fat quarters of fabric

Rice (approx. 100g for each pattern weight)

Coordinating thread

Seam allowance - 1/4 an inch


Cut your fabrics into rectangles which are 4 inches wide by 8 inches long. I made 8 weights for myself and 8 for my mum.  Cut as many rectangles as you want pattern weights. I used a selection of Tim Holtz fabrics left over from another project.

Fold one rectangle in half so the right sides are together. Sew along the bottom and one side, leaving the other side open. Trim the seams and snip the corners off within the seam allowance to make them easier to turn through.  Repeat for your other rectangles.

Turn them the right way around, use a point turner or a pencil to poke the corners out. Tuck the seam allowance of the raw edge inwards and them press them all. The eagle eyed among you will spot I didn't press the seam allowance in on mine, I realised with hindsight it would have been easier if I had!

Put a long pin just over quarter an inch in from the open end, weaving it in and out of the fabric a few times to hold the rice back out of the way of the seam allowance. Repeat for the other side too so all the rice is held in the closed off side of the weight away from where you're about to sew.

Sew along the open end of the weight close to the edge, ensuring the raw edges of the fabric are tucked in.


Voila! Your weights are finished, ready for your pattern tracing. Stock up on our Swedish tracing paper here.