27 May 2015

Pimp My Sewing Room! How to Make Party Ring Sewing Pattern Weights

Make Your Own Party Ring Sewing Pattern Weights!

Wanna make sewing pattern weights that look like your favourite childhood biscuits? Of course you do!

How to Make Party Ring Pattern Weights

Pattern weights are a great alternative to pins for holding sewing pattern pieces onto fabric when you're tracing them off or cutting them out with a rotary cutter. They're also useful for tracing patterns onto paper for alteration or preservation purposes (here are my tips on tracing sewing patterns).

Make Your Own Party Ring Sewing Pattern Weights!
Make Your Own Party Ring Sewing Pattern Weights!

Until recently, I've just used whatever I had to hand as makeshift pattern weights - scissors, pin holders, a plate o' jaffa cakes (ALWAYS to hand)... A lot of people swear by washers, so a quick trip to B&Q and a nail polish makeover later, and these babies were born!

Make Your Own Rainbow Sewing Pattern Weights!

I started by making rainbow pattern weights, because rainbows...

Make Your Own Party Ring Sewing Pattern Weights!

... and then asked Laura to make some Party Ring ones (it's a tough job etc). They're inspired by my friend Lauren who can't get enough of Party Rings.

Make Your Own Party Ring Sewing Pattern Weights!

A few notes on making these:

1) Nail polish on metal takes waaaay longer to dry than you might think. Don't stack these on top of each other for a few days, particularly if you've painted the underside. I did and they stuck together (boo).
2) Laura found a pin helpful for making the marbled icing effect on the Party Ring ones. (Mmm... marbled icing...)
3) Erm... that's it!

Make Your Own Sewing Pattern Weights!
Make Your Own Sewing Pattern Weights!

If you make your own, we'd love to see! What design would you go for?

PS. We've got a new sewing pattern coming out next week, along with something else extra exciting. Join our email list if you wanna be first to know what they are! (Eep!)

PPS. Liked this? Make an ironing board cover to match!

16 comments:

  1. A great gift idea to make for a friend who loves to sew.

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  2. Amazing - I know what I'll be making next!

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  3. I pimped my sewing weights with some scraps of Liberty fabric. The fabric scraps were generated from your Brigitte headscarf course at Kirsty's handmade fair last year. I was the nutter who took everybody's scraps home when they had trimmed their seams. I will try and fathom Instagram and show you.

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    1. I remember ;) Glad those scraps were put to good use!

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  4. adorable! I too use whatever is at hand but I think its about time I invested in some washers!

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  5. Such a cute idea! Never thought about using washers as pattern weights before, but it looks like the perfect solution. :)

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  6. I wrapped mine in ribbon and then dressed them up with buttons and lace and bits. http://sometimesshesews.blogspot.com/2015/04/playing-dress-up.html

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  7. Absolute genius! party rings are such a cheerie, brilliant idea!

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  8. LOVE this Party Ring prettiness ! Jo @ Elephant in my Handbag

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  9. Love these! Am off to B&Q for washers today!!

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  10. Why didn't I ever think to pimp out mine, what a genius idea! Happier washers, here I come!!

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  11. Great idea & fun, Tilly. Thanks. Also, super comments re: more idea...

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  12. Wilkinsons have a 'pick and mix' washers, nails, screws etc. Tons in a small bag for £1.99. Good fun!

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