When I decided I would like some pattern weights I found many ideas on Pinterest that other crafters had come up with like: some filled with Aquarium Gravel or others filled with Beans or Lentils, or others that used Washers and Covered Buttons!
I loved the ideas of pattern weights, but one thing worried me – when I wasn’t using them where would they be stored?
So I set my mind to the task and I love what I came up with and I hope you do too!
What you need:
Metal Washers x 7 x 32mm or 1and 1/4″ (approx)
Magnet x 7 x 2cm or 3/4″(approx)
Heavy Card to cut circles the size of the washers
Galvanised ant cap ( PJ and I went to Bunnings and this is all we could find to suit my plan) to cut 1 x 11cm diameter circle (this is a little larger than mine but will make it better!)
Buttons with a shank x 7
Fabric 1- enough to cut 6 circles (about 1 and 3/4″ diameter)
Fabric 2 – enough to cut a circle for the centre yoyo as above and enough to cut 2 x circles x 12cm diameter
Glue – PVA is fine
Let’s make it!
Make the hanger:
1. Gather the edge of the Fabric 2 large circles, put the card circle in before gathering edge over. Press the edge to form a crisp smooth edge. Remove the card.
2. Take one of the large fabric circles and the circle of tin. Cover the tin with glue and place it in the fabric circle, smoothing the fabric and gluing the fabric overlap to the other side of the tin circle.
3. With the other large circle, sew the rick rack around the edge, including a loop for hanging. Trim your card circle so that it now fits snuggly inside the rickrack and glue it down as well.
4. Glue the two large circles together and secure with pegs or hair clips till dry.
Make the weights:
1. Glue a card circle to each washer
2. Sew around the edge of the small circles and gather up to form a yo-yo, placing the washer/card into the yo-yo, washer side up, before gathering up the yo-yo and finishing off. Do this for the other outer yo-yos.
3. Take the small circle from Fabric 2 and make a centre yo-yo the same way.
4. Put glue on the back of the buttons and push firmly into the yo-yo till set. The shank will sit in the washer hole.
5. Glue a magnet to the back of each yo-yo.
I love the buttons I found (after a long search) They add a whole new dimension to the weights!
Use your Pattern Weights and enjoy!
When you are finished, simply return them to their spot on the hanger to create a lovely decoration till next time!
Until next time