So why do I need tiny weights in my sewing room? Mainly to keep big cuts of fabric from sliding off my table while I'm trying to cut them. I thought about buying a set of pattern weights, but I think these are prettier (with the bonus of matching my sewing room).
Here's what you'll need:
- 50 pennies
- 2 flannel* squares 3.5" x 3.5" for interlining
- 1 fabric square 3.5" x 3.5" for top
- 2 fabric rectangles 3.5" x 2.25" for back
*I used flannel because I had it and thought it would be less bulky than batting. You could probably use batting scraps instead. It may just result in a chunkier-looking weight.
Place the right sides of the 2 fabric rectangles together. Sew together along long (3.5") side, using a half-inch seam allowance, leaving a 1.5" opening for turning, and backstitching each time you start and stop.
Cut remaining flannel square in half and tuck one half under each side of the pressed-open seam allowance. Pin flannel in place and stitch along both sides of the seam, through all layers, as shown above.
This will be the bottom of the weight. Square up to 3.5" x 3.5" to match the top.
Trim excess bulk from corners, turn right side out, and press.
Now comes the fun part! Fill the weight with 50 pennies. Keep in mind that pennies are generally pretty dirty. Do what you can to keep them from touching the fabric on the outside of the weight.
Once the pennies are in place, hand stitch the opening closed.