Pattern Weights for 50 Cents

So far, learning how to sew is full of little challenges. Even the simple things are hard. For example, the simple act of cutting fabric in a neat and clean line has been difficult. Although I try to cut exactly on the line, it seems like the fabric is always shifting and throwing my cuts a little bit off.

Pattern Weights filled with 50 cents worth of pennies
Make Your Own Pattern Weights for Practically Free
Or, if the pattern piece is pinned to the fabric, the alignment of the pattern and fabric gets distorted as the scissors move.

One tip I read is to make sure that you hold the fabric scissors perpendicular to the floor (as opposed to an angle to either side) as you cut.

However, not even this tip was working for me. I decided to buy a 45mm rotary cutter and a self-healing mat to cut on. To cut my fabric with these tools, I would also need pattern weights.

rotary cutter and self-healing mat
Gingher 45mm Rotary Cutter and Fiskers Self-Healing Mat

Pattern weights
are of course available to buy, but I figured that they would be a great learning project. And cheap to make! Pattern weights are simply small pouches of fabric filled with a heavy stuffing material.

Putting pattern weights on your fabric and pattern will hold the pattern and fabric in place so they don’t shift as you cut. Apparently, pattern weights are primarily for cutting with a rotary cutter, but I think that they will also be useful for cutting with scissors just to hold everything in place.

As a novice sewer, I needed instructions on how to make pattern weights on the cheap. I found this tutorial which served as my guide: 50 Cent Pattern Weight Tutorial.

Overall this was an easy project to make.
My weights came out a little sloppy because sewing the opening closed with so little fabric to space was kind of difficult. Still, for just a few pennies this is an excellent starter sewing project.