How to make strawberry fabric pattern weights

The main purpose of pattern weights is as the name suggests, to weigh down your pattern pieces and to stop your fabric from slipping off your cutting table. These are great for when you are tracing or cutting a pattern. Instead of having to take time to pin the paper to the fabric, you can strategically place the weights on top so the pattern piece is flat. Then trace or cut around the edge. You may have seen these making an appearance on the BBC's 'Great British Sewing Bee'. Of course they have fancy expensive ones. However you can make your own cheap version that work just as well. Plus they are super fun to make... Bonus!

What will you need ?

  • Fabric
  • A basic sewing machine 
  • Rice (sand or fish gravel will also work)
  • Small plastic bag (optional)
  • Thread
  • Green felt 
  • Needle
  • Buttons

To start 

Firstly cut your semi circles, I chose to make mine 7inches in diameter. Just remember you will need to make them bigger to allow for your sewing allowance, as well as for gathering the top when you decide on your finished size. 


semi circles of fabric

Rights sides together 

Place your right sides together by folding one of your semicircles in half and sewn along the straight edge. 


Gathering stitch on fabric



Now you need to sew a long gathering stitch around the curved edge. You can do this on the machine (like me) or by hand, just remember to not do a back stitch, oh and leave your ends long so you can grab them later to gather the top closed. 

Turn your fabric so the right side is now on the outside. You should now have a fabric cone. 


Fabric cone filled with rice


Filling your cone 

Next comes the filling. Pop your rice into the cone. I put mine in a small plastic bag first so I don't spill rice all over the floor. Just don't forget to knot the bag first otherwise you'll be in a right mess. 

Then pull your gathering stitch so the curved edge comes together nicely. Take care to not snap your thread. I pull gently and tease the gathered fabric along the fabric, this also helps you to obtain a equal gather in the fabric. Once you've done that tie on so the thread ends down so it doesn't all undo. I then poke the seam allowance inside the small hole at the top then stitch closed. 


Stitched closed


Now the fun begins 

Your strawberry is really starting to take shape now. 

Now it's time to add your felt leaves. You can free hand these or draw a template. I just free handed mine (as you can tell lol) you can either cut individual leaves or cut a shape as one that looks like a few leaves. I started my first one with individual leaves then tried it as one piece and I preferred that method because it saved time. 


Felt leaves


All that's left is the cherry on the top. Or in this case a large vintage button to finish off your strawberry weight. 

I made six in total. I have found them super useful. 


Strawberry fabric pattern weight


I have also used this method to make strawberry pin cushions and as a fun cushion for the kids to have on their beds. You just need to adjust the size. 

As a sidenote, these also make fun juggling balls!!! 


Giant strawberry cushion

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