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DIY Sewing Pattern Weights / Easy Triangular Fabric Weights (VIDEO)

Sewing pattern weights are the thing that you don’t know how much you need until you get them.

That’s because fabric weights for sewing are really handy and you can use them for a bunch of other things. The main purpose of these triangular pattern weights is to hold down the paper pattern in place while you draw or cut around it. They are small enough not to get in the way, but heavy enough to hold the pattern down. However, the fabric weights can be used to keep the tablecloth down during your backyard grill parties, to make sure your paper doesn’t move while you draw or write, for holding down the fabric as you decorate it, and more.

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You can buy finished sewing weights, but they are expensive and most of them won’t last long.

If you know how to make fabric weights though, you can make them to last and they’ll look according to your desires. This tutorial will help you do that.

pattern weights for sewing holding down my bucket hat sewing pattern

Below you will find my step by step sewing pattern weights written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to: DIY Sewing Pattern Weights

Watch the diy pattern weights video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Cut the fabric

Sewing weights is a great scrap busting project – a chance to turn your pile of fabric scraps into something really useful. Of of course you can use any fabric you wish for this project, just remember to wash it thoroughly and press it with your iron before you cut it.

Cut out a rectangular piece of fabric 4 x 8″ (10 x 20cm).

This size work best for me, but you can make your pattern weights any size you want, as long as the ratio of width to length is 2:1.

Then cut a fabric strip about an 1 wide and 4 inches long (2.5 x 10cm). This will be the hanging loop.

the fabric pieces you'll need to make the pattern weights

STEP 2: Make the hanging loop

Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise so that the right sides are facing inward. Align the edges and pin them.

Sew the long raw edge of the folded strip. Turn the fabric inside out and press it flat.

Fold the strap in half so that the short edges meet. Stitch the raw short edges together.

stitching the handle of the pattern weights

Use a turning tool to turn it inside out. The hanging loop is now finished.

STEP 3: Fold and pin

Fold the rectangular fabric piece in half so that the short edges meet and the right sides are in.

Place the loop inside the folded fabric. It should go all the way to the fold. The loop’s short stitched edge should align with the top edge of the rectangle piece. This is what it looks like when unfolded:

attaching the handle to the body of the sewing pattern weight

Secure all of the layers together with pins or clips.

STEP 4: Stitch two of the sides of the fabric weight

Sew the rectangle with a one quarter inch seam allowance. Stitch only the raw edge where the loop’s stitched edge is and the edge where the short sides of the rectangle meet.

pattern weights stitching side and the top

STEP 5: Stitch the third side

Fingerpress the fold to make a crease. Open the unstitched edge and match the crease with the side seam. Pin and leave a gap for turning

If you did everything right, the bottom edge and the top edge should be perpendicular to each other.

Sew that edge shut with the same seam allowance you used previously.

stitched triangular pattern weight

STEP 6: Turn inside out

Clip all corners, being careful not to cut into your stitches.

Reach into the opening on the side of the fabric and grab the hanging loop. Pull it out and turn the entire fabric weight inside out. Push out all of the edges and straighten them out.

STEP 7: Fill the fabric weight

Take a funnel and slide it into the opening. If you don’t have a funnel, you can make one. Roll up a piece of paper at an angle and you’ll have your funnel.

You can use rice, poly pellets, glass microbeads, steel beads, or anything else you have that could be adequate.

I prefer rice personally because I always have enough of it so I don’t have to worry about buying the filling before I start the project.

Try to fill the fabric weight as much as you can, but don’t overfill it to the point of bursting. I found that half a cup of uncooked rice is enough.

filling the pattern weights with rice

STEP 8: Hand stitch the gap closed

After you’ve filled the fabric weight, you will need to sew the opening shut.

Fold the raw edges of the opening in and press them with your fingers. Use a needle and a thread to sew the gap shut.

hand stitching the gap in the fabric pattern weight

The fabric weight is now finished!

3 fabric sewing weights arranged in a row

I hope you enjoyed this easy triangular fabric weight tutorial. Making these sewing weights is an easy scrap busting project that is great for beginners. How many DIY pattern weights you need to make? Let me suggest that you need a whole bunch to hold your patterns and hone your sewing skills. You can give them to kids as well because they’re great for juggling or hacky sack! Remember to check our other articles and stay tuned for more easy sewing tutorials!

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Shelbee on the Edge - May 9, 2021

Great idea, Helen! I can see how these pattern weights would come in handy for a plethora of other purposes as well. Thanks for sharing and linking with me.


Carol - June 2, 2021

What a very clever way to use up fabric scraps. Thank you so much for sharing this idea.

Rebecca - July 26, 2021

I finally made a few of these with some leftover fabric. I forgot to add the loop in the proper step, but I made it work anyway. Thank you for the tutorial.

Nicole - February 23, 2022

I love these, I can see using them to hold down tablecloths outside too using the loops.
So many uses and so easy to make.

    Helen - February 23, 2022

    That’s a great ideas, Nicole. Thanks for sharing!

debbie - January 31, 2024

Where are the 3 patterns for these fabric weights as shown in the photo?

    Helen - February 3, 2024

    You don’t need a pattern for the pattern weights. You need to cut out 2 rectangles as described in the tutorial
    As for the patterns I used to weight down with these pattern weights – it’s a pattern for a bucket hat. Here’s the link


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