Fabric Pattern Weights

Fabric weights are used to help keep your fabric and patterns in place when cutting with scissors or a rotary cutter, keeping your cuts as accurate as possible. This is also a great project to use up some of your scraps and add some fun colours to your sewing room.

Finished fabric weight size is approximately 9cm x 9cm. If you would like them smaller or larger, adjust your rectangle size.


  • fabric scraps of your choice. 1 Fabric weight is 21cm x 11cm rectangle.
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing
  • Co-ordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Point turner
  • Scissors
  • Rice or another similar filling for your weight.


  1. Cut rectangle to 21cm x 11cm. This will create 1 fabric weight. Cut as many rectangles as you require.


  1. Fold rectangle in half with right sides together, matching the 11cm sides. Pin along two sides.
  2. Sew a 6mm seam, along with two of the pinned edges. Trim the corner point.
  3. Turn right side out.
  4. To create the triangle shape, pull the opening so that the bottom seam is in the center.
  5. Turn the open edge in by 6mm pin and press in place.
  6. Fill with your uncooked rice or similar filling.
  7. Sew your opening closed with a small slip stitch. Ensure your hand stitches are small, so the rice doesn’t escape from this seam.

Note: An optional use – fill with crushed walnut shells to create the bonus of a pincushion. You will never have to search for pins again!