Friday, December 21, 2012

Tutorial~ Pattern Weight with Free PDF Pattern!

I have been playing with my Serger lately. So far I have altered some clothing and made a blanket with stretchy fabric. There were many clothing projects that I want to tackle as well, and I thought it will be nice to have more pattern weights when I am dealing with patterns. This will be a great gift idea for a seamstress friend too. Are you ready to make this with me?

{You will need}

Variety of fabric scraps (you will need at least 5"x 5")
Thread
Rice

{How to}

1. Print out the free PDF pattern I created and cut the triangle. Trace that onto fabric, then cut.

2. My secret to have crisp lines for the tetrahedron is to press the edges with an iron before you start sewing.

3. Bring tips A and B together with right side of the fabric and sew the seam.

4. Next, bring B and C together and sew the seam.

5. Then, sew the last seam half way.

6. Turn the fabric inside out, and stuff it with rice. To keep the shape more crisp I kept adding the rice as I was slip stitching the opening.

Now you have a pattern weight. :)

It is fun to make this whenever you have saved up scraps that you like. Though, it goes much quicker when you establish an assembly line. I cut all of them at once, sewed them at once, and while I was watching a movie with the kids, I was able to turn the fabric inside out, stuff them and slip stitch close the openings. This is especially effective when you are making these as a gift for someone in a hurry.

As a result, I made quite bit already in different colors and patterns...



I usually don't do PDFs, because I don't really know what I am doing, but I hope you guys will enjoy this free pattern as a small Christmas gift from me. Thank you all for always stopping by at my little corner in the blogland. I enjoy reading your comments and emails, and I appreciate them so much!

I hope you all will have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones, very Merry Christmas!

xoxo

Sachiko

34 comments:

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Sachiko - these are perfect! I need some new pattern weights so bad, as of now I am using my sons truck, my daughter's lalaloopsy dolls, or whatever else is lying on the floor next to me when I am trying to cut! HA! These are lovely :)

Maryall said...

Thank you for this tutorial, Sachiko, and a Merry christmas to you, too! :)

Kimono Design staff said...

Merry Xmas to you and your family!!!
I think this is a smart and fun way to make use of fabric scarps...plus they look lovely together on the plate :)
Have a creative day

Ane and Vale

Colette said...

Thank you and Merry Christmas! I love these and will make some for me and some to share!

Speldje said...

Thank you for this great gift.
Merry christmas to you too.

Naturally Carol said...

A blessed and merry Christmas to you and your family Sachiko! I have never used these or even seen pattern weights before, please will you explain how they are used?

Sarah said...

these are way more fun than my square pattern weights. thanks for the pattern :) merry christmas!

Cindy Sews said...

Thanks for the pattern. I love this!

Sachiko Aldous said...

I am happy to hear that you liked my pattern weight! Thank you all for your comments. :)

Naturally Carol-

The pattern weights are used when you lay out clothing patterns on fabric to trace it and such. People have a preferance on pins or weights, but I use both, it depends on the project. :)

Rosa said...

¡¡¡ Feliz Navidad !!!

Kate said...

Thank you for the tutorial.
Merry Christmas!

JazzyJacqueline Gaines said...

Too cute...
I must try this for myself and then for a friend.

ana log said...

Thank you very much Sachiko for this tutorial and for the merry christmas, and I want to say "have very happy holy days". Wish your health is good.

Sue Niven said...

Thanks for the delightful tutorial and patter. They look so moreish.

FlyAwayHome said...

I love this idea. These are the cutest and most useful way to use up those little scraps. Thanks for sharing.

meliscellany said...

wonderful! thank you!

Jennifer Campbell said...

You could even add a loop for a handle as use as a door stop! i need to make this :)

Jennifer Campbell said...

You could even add a loop for a handle and use this as a door stopper! I need to make this!

Melissa said...

These are adorable! Thank you for sharing!

beth ciai said...

Olá tudo bem ....venho agradecer a linda ideia ...que você deu do peso é maravilhosa....Parabéns....beijos.

carol cox said...

just came across this on pinterest.. such a clever idea...these will be stocking stuffers for my sisters who sew and some for me as well... thanks again...

Susana Santos said...

Lovely idea.
Thank you for sharing
Sweet kisses from Portugal
<3

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing. I'm just looking for some like this. In larger measure will be a support for tablets.

See you.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MariaLuciaGilMoehlecke/posts

Lisa said...

Thank you these are great!

Tiffany Wilson said...

Fill with "stuffing" for baby and toddler toys!

Tiffany Wilson said...

Fill with fiber fill of choice (I prefer cluster stuff) and use for baby or toddler toys!

Jeannie D said...

Thank you, thank you! I was going to buy some weights at my local fabric store but these are so much better!
Very nice blog too

LC said...

It is so generous to share you ideas. thank you. I'm going to make some today.

Kellie Durham said...

These are great -- I can't "weight" to make them. :-) Thank you for this post.
-CreativeKellie.BlogSpot.com-

jskeeffe said...

I am so pleased to find this tutorial as I really need some pattern weights! This is like a wonderful, unexpected gift! Thank you so much!

Chenille Cottage said...

Thank you for the fun tutorial! These would make great pincushions, too.

dandelion said...

Adorable. I'm going to use these as tablecloth corner weights with a curtain clip. THX so much!

melvinmadeit said...

How many would you put together as a set for a gift? Would six be enough? I've not used pattern weights before, but I would like to make some for gifts as well.

bethbbk said...

Just a side note, mice love these! My sewing room is in the basement and this was the only thing the mouse got into (before it's demise). If you make them with rice, make sure to put them in a container.

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