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February 21, 2009

LOOK WHAT I MADE....

Sooooo, this weekend I made my pattern weights. I saw similar weights listed on Esty over a year ago and they amazed me because I so love pretty things. I didn't want to purchase them because of course I thought "I can make them", but I kept forgetting to buy the washers. I decided it was time to get them done so yesterday I stopped by the hardware store and asked for 15 of their largest washers.

Then of course I had to go to Hancocks to pick up some pretty ribbons - I wanted a variety so I was so glad to find out they were half priced. I got set to start these last night, but OF COURSE, I couldn't find my glue gun and sticks, so it was back to the store this morning to get them so I could get started. The project was so easy, but just in case somebody out there wants to know how to do it...heres a pictorial.



















The first one completed.


And heres the whole stack...aren't they pretty!
They can also be done using 1 to 1 1/2" wide by 28" long cotton knit fabric strips. I want to find a pretty little basket to keep them in.

46 comments:

  1. I love these, they are so cute! Great idea.

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  2. Your pattern weights look great! Of course if I made them, I'd never find them in my sewing room. I think that my 6 yo would confiscate them really fast.

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  3. These are cute! Mine would probably get lost too! LOL

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  4. What a great idea. I think I'm going to make a set or two. One for me and one for a gift. Thanks for the idea.

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  5. Thanks for posting this. I have washers already and I've been using them for pattern weights. Now, I've got to get a glue gun and ribbon. Your weights are too cute.

    CarlaF-in Atlanta (12 days to Original Sewing & Quilt Expo-Atlanta)

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  6. Cute great job. I probably would use those to put the handles for a purse on them. But, cute great job love the ribbions you used.

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  7. Simply awesome, I want some. A lady at the fabric store was telling me about them and I think I found some on-line for about 30.00/ouch I will have to try this, thanks for sharing.

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  8. Oooohhhhh, I love them!!! They are sooooo cute.

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  9. Cool looking pattern weights. Great idea to make your own. Thanks for the tip on using cotton knit fabric strips.

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  10. LOVE these! Great gift for oneself and a friend! Thank you.

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  11. Fantastic idea, thanks for sharing!

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  12. You know, I've wanted to have some weights for a long time ('n quit using whatever's around). Thanks for the great idea!

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  13. They look elegant:-)

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  14. What a great project! I love stuff like that. I think I'm going to copy it!

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  15. I'm so glad you posted about weights, I have a dozen of them that my dh retrieved from the garage. Now, I can stop fussing about metalliness of them (if that's such a word..hehe)and off to get me some pretty ribbon like yours.... Thank you!!

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  16. That's such a fabulous idea! And it sure beats my tomato sauce cans!

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  17. Great project and thanks for sharing how you made it

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  18. What a great idea! Did you find much difference in how easy they were to do depending on the width of the ribbon?

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  19. Great ideal Faye!!! I love these!!

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  20. What a great project! I too may have to make some :))

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  21. You are brilliant! I would never have thought to do this! I'm off to the hardware store immediately.

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  22. Oh they're pretty! Everytime I pull mine out to use them I think to myself "I really should cover these". Thanks for showing how easy it is to cover them.

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  23. Anonymous2/22/2009

    Faye,

    I am a lurker, so first off, "HI"...

    Now I have to tell you this post was a little unnerving to me since I did this over the weekend too! It was like De Ja Vu clicking on your blog, lol.

    I have not finished all mine, I was fretting over the weight of the washers, and went back and forth a couple of times to the hardware store.

    I think I must have seen the same ones on ETSY, but I think she used bias cut fabric strips for hers.

    Just to make it a bit more spooky, I used ribbon too.

    Yours are adorable.

    Crystal
    hcrystalaz on PR and just about everywhere else...

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  24. What a brilliant idea. Some hardware stores are going to have a run on large washers. I'm off to Home Depot!

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  25. Faye,

    Love this idea, my mom used to use my dad's old electric saw blades and put duct tape on the edges. This is much prettier, on my way to the hardware store.

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  26. Clever, clever, clever! I'm copying you.

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  27. What a cute idea!

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  28. Wow, you sure have some amazing ribbon, and the idea is wonderful! I just noticed you are linking to me (thank you very much!), and the link goes to my old url. I changed it, and my blog is now located at www.connectingthedots.dk. I hope you don't mind my mentioning it! :)

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  29. Way too cute ! probably going to try these too :-)

    BTW - there's an award for you on my blog.

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  30. Wow! You took it to a new level with the ribbons. My washers are still naked.LOL

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  31. That's a great find! Thank you for sharing now I have to find out what exactly "washers" are. I'm getting good at English sewing vocabulary but there I'm lost ;o)

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  32. that a good idea. I love it.

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  33. How neat! I am so copying your idea.

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  34. The chiropractors and their massage therapists are now my new best friends!!!

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  35. These are darling! I'm anxious to give them a try.

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  36. Hey, what a cool idea. I may try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. WOW! I am going to ask my husband if he large washers in his toolbox. If not I am to Home Depot

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  38. Those are super cool!

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  39. You have come up with a really wonderful idea! And, great ideas will be copied (by me) ;)

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  40. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I went out and purchased the washers right away (of course, I had zero troubles getting DB to take me to the Hardware Store). I'm so pleased with them! Just need to find the time to wrap them. :)

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  41. so cute! how clever you are!

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  42. soooooooooo cute! i love it! the colors.. wow.. it look so yummy and cheerful. Thanx for sharing :)

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  43. Just found this post via link from Lee's blog. I LOVE this idea! I will need to get me some washers and make these soon!

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