Quick DIY – Pattern Weights

A fun and useful little project.

Hello there from the land of Punky & Wim!

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.

The necessary supplies.


  • 1 box of (25) 5/8″ washers
  • Assorted ribbons (3/8″ worked best for me)
  • Glue gun

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.

I only bought one box, which makes 8, which is plenty for me.

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!

Remember to use a very small amount of glue.

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.

They remind me of mini donuts.

Don’t those look nice?

Much better than tuna cans or baby food jars!

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.

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Peace & blessings!