I was cutting out the pieces of Punky’s Easter dress the other day, when I remembered a fun project I’d seen floating around the various FB sewing pages I follow and thought I’d give it a try.
You see, many sewists that I know use household objects or canned goods to hold their pattern pieces in place (my personal favorites have always been tuna fish cans and baby food jars). But I’m supposed to be a professional (at least in theory!) so I decided it was time to whip up a prettier set of weights for myself.
1 box of (25) 5/8″ washers
Assorted ribbons (3/8″ worked best for me)
Mr J picked up the box of washers for me at Lowe’s for around $7 and everything else was already in my hoard of craft supplies.
Now I’ve seen some people using 2 washers per weight. I personally like the extra weight with 3 each but it does make fewer weights overall, so it’s really up to you. But basically…
Spread a thin layer of glue around your washer and stack a second on top of it. Work quickly so the glue doesn’t harden up on you too soon! Repeat this step to add the 3rd washer (if you choose to stack 3 high. Repeat with additional washers until you have the desired amount.
Once all the little stacks of washers are glued up, choose your ribbon! I used about 3 1/2 to 4 feet of 3/8″ ribbon per weight, but it will vary based on your ribbon width and how tightly you wrap it. I found that even using slightly wider ribbon (the green shown above is 1/4″) makes it a tiny bit more difficult to make pretty, but that’s your choice!
Then start wrapping!
I have seen some people gluing as they go along but it seemed like a waste of time and glue to me. I just wrapped the ribbon around very tightly until the whole washer was covered.
Then just glue the tail down and trim! Repeat with the rest of your weights.
Don’t those look nice?
And miraculously, I didn’t burn myself once while using the hot glue! Although they do sting a bit when dropped on your foot. Ask me how I know…
Well, that’s it! A mini DIY project to use up some scrap ribbon and make your pattern cutting a little prettier.
We love fabric mail at our house. I, of course, am excited to think about my upcoming sewing projects. Punky likes to dance around with the new pretties, and Wim likes to drag it all around (we try not to let him even though it is so cute!The cute unicorn swim knit is for Punky and her friend next door. Stripes are for a raglan for myself, while the floral and black are for a pair of tunic length tops for my sister-in-law.
The piece I am most excited about, however, is this navy blue, 3 yard length of Millennium. I’ve never worked with it before, but I waa lucky enough to win it from Knitpop in their Facebook group, as a giveaway they were doing. I will be turning it into a dress for a wedding this April.
I can’t wait to show you everything when it’s done!