Penny Pattern Weights

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I’ve been seeing all sorts of tutorials for tiny weights to use in place of pins when cutting out a pattern. I’d never heard of this before, so it sounded intriguing! Wanting to use items I already had on hand, a quick search yielded just what I needed:  two-inch green felt circles left over from a Christmas wreath pillow I made last winter and a stash of pennies I keep around to go with my Pennies book when I do classroom author presentations. To make a pattern weight, I simply held two circles together, handstitched most of the way around the edges with a contrasting color of embroidery floss (all six strands), filled the tiny bag with ten pennies, then finished the last stitch or two and tied off the floss. Easy-peasie! Now, what shall I sew . . . .  ♥

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  1. awesome!! Yours are so little and cute! I like the felt–looks nice and sturdy. I think I need to make more because when cutting out a multi-piece pattern, I like to lay everything out at once, and I need more weights to keep it all in place ;)

    • Thank you! I plan to make LOTS more too . . . they only take about 5 minutes each and would be a good road trip/watching TV project. Plus I have tons more of these little circles! :)

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    • You might want to make them a little bigger . . . I might make some larger ones, too. And I’ve seen some filled with things like rice or metal washers. Pinterest has a ton of cute ones! :)

  3. These are cute! I have used espresso cups in the past(as I don’t drink coffee anyway) but these are way more compact! Might have to put a stone in mine though as I prefer lining paper/card to the onion skin pattern paper. It drives me mad!!

    Jenny x

    • Stones are a great idea! I saw some on Pinterest that had dry beans or rice, but I decided I didn’t want to use food! :) But . . . coffee cup is a brilliant solution, too! Oh, and I enjoy your clever blog! :)

  4. Lovely idea. I have been using paper weights but to be honest they are a bit too heavy and if I slide them along they have a tendency to rip the tissue. This sounds like a better plan. thank you for sharing :-)

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