Check out this step by step tutorial that walks you through making your own custom pattern weights!
I’ve rediscovered another hobby that I fell head over heels in love with!
Obviously, by the title, you can tell it’s sewing. My goodness, I have had an absolute blast creating.
I’ve also had fun spending TONS of money on amazing fabric – Shhh. Don’t tell Kevin. HA! Oh, Crap. I forgot, he reads this blog. Doh. Just don’t look at my mountain of fabric OR my Visa bill, babe! LOVE YOU!
If you had asked me 6 months ago if I thought I’d be making matching PJs for my kids to wear on Christmas Eve I’d have asked if you were feeling ok?
But my sister started sewing things up for my 2-year-old nephew, and everything was just so darn cute. I wanted in on it. I love working with my hands and creating, it’s like the perfect hobby for me!
I have a nice, new sewing machine, but most garments made out of knit fabric are sewn with a serger, which I don’t have. BUT my mom happened to have an old one.
And I do mean old!
That magnificent beast didn’t come with an owners manual, it came with a VHS!!! Works like a hot damn though, and I’m pretty sure she won’t be getting it back!
So basically, when I got back into this hobby, I didn’t know much about sewing garments – I joined a few groups on Facebook and hoped for the best. DIY HACK: Facebook groups are a wealth of knowledge and a great point to start when you’re learning a new hobby!
In the groups, they talked a LOT about pattern weights. At first, I couldn’t figure out how that would make cutting the pattern pieces any easier, but here we are. Those sewists were right and I basically never want to live without pattern weights again!
The best trick I learned for fabric cutting was to use pattern weights, a self-healing cutting mat, and a rotary cutter. I used to dread cutting, it was the most tedious, time-consuming part of the whole project, but now, I can breeze right through!
Some sewists use cans from the pantry, some use heavy washers from the hardware store, but me, well… I create.
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- Marble tiles
- Glue sticks
- Light coloured felt
- Small round magnets
- Emery board files
- Pen or invisible sewing marker
- Remove the tiles from the backing mesh.
- Use the file to file off any residual glue left on the backing of the tiles.
- Use a tile to trace a template for the felt backing.
- Cut the felt backing, ensuring it's slightly smaller than your tile.
- Coat the back of your tile with disappearing glue - don't be cheap!
- Apply the felt hexagons to be the back of your tile. If you're using the magnets, place the magnet in the centre of the tile, add more glue to the backside of the magnet and then apply the felt.
- Lay out the magnets in a single layer on a hard surface and apply weight (like cookbooks) until the glue dries - I left mine overnight.
- Using your preferred software, create a cut file for the decals. OR. Buy premade files for your cutter!
- Cut the vinyl and apply to tiles.
ADMIRE YOUR HANDIWORK!
* Try to choose heavy tiles! They will work better to hold your fabric in place.
- Oracal 651 Glossy Vinyl 12" Sheets
- Elmer's Glue Stick (E579), Disappearing Purple, 3 Sticks
- Carrara White Italian Carrera Marble Hexagon Mosaic Tile 4
- 12 x 8 inches Felt Fabric Sheets
- Cricut Maker, Champagne
- Silhouette Cameo 3 White Starter Bundle
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