Fast Fat Quarter: how to make pattern weights

How to sew pattern weights

Cutting out your sewing patterns will be a breeze thanks to these pretty pattern weights by Jennie Jones.Read on for our free tutorial and learn how to make your own pattern weights.

All you’ll need is one fat quarter of fabric to get started! This project is part of our Fast Fat Quarter series of quick & easy sewing tutorials. Designer Jennie says: “Aquarium gravel is just the ticket for filling up these little weights!“

DIY pattern weights tutorial

You will need…

  • 1 fat quarter of fabric (we’ve used Midnight from the Cotton Candy range by Susan Driscoll for Dashwood Studio
  • Thin card
  • Aquarium gravel
  • Bright sewing threads
  • Basic sewing kit


Use a 1cm (3/8in) seam allowance.

Step-by-step guide to making your own pattern weights

Cutting out the squares

Step one: Draw a grid of 9x9cm (35/8×35/8in) squares on the right side (RS) of your fabric. You should get 30 squares from your fat quarter, which will make 15 pattern weights.

DIY pattern weights step 1

Step two: Cut the squares out along the lines.

Stitching the squares

Step three: Pin two squares RS facing then sew them together all the way around, leaving a 2.5cm (1in) turning gap in the centre of one side. Trim the corners.

DIY pattern weights step 2

Step four: Turn RS out and press.

Step five: Draw and cut out a template from card measuring 2x2cm (3/4×3/4in).

Step six: Place this card in the centre of your square and draw around it with a white pencil or fabric pen.

DIY pattern weights step 3

Step seven: Sew around your drawn square through both layers of fabric. I chose to sew my squares in different coloured threads – picking out the colours in the fabric pattern.

Filling the weights

Step eight: Fill your square with the gravel. I tried using a funnel but found a jug was easier. Fill it to the top and then shake the gravel down so it’s really full and pin the opening closed.

How to sew your own pattern weights step 4

Step nine: Hand-sew the opening closed using small neat stitches so the gravel can’t escape.

Step ten: Repeat this to sew and fill the remainder of the fabric squares until you have 15 lovely pattern weights.

How to sew your own pattern weights

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