Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Pattern Weights

I've had no time to sew lately, and here's why....

I've been making pattern weights, more pattern weights, and even more pattern weights! When Denise of the
This-End-Up co-op asked me about doing a group order, I really thought nobody would be interested. Yes, I was wrong. : )

Making these pattern weights has been so much fun! I listened to audio books and sewing podcasts on my iPod (with speakers-not headphones) while making the weights, and the time flew quickly by. Now, 125-plus weights later, I'm finished with the group order. I'm almost sad to be done, but these pictures make me happy.

I tried to choose my one absolute favorite, but I just couldn't decide. So instead I chose four! For years, I've used just plain jane weights---in fact, the plain weights are still in my sewing basket. I really must make a few decorated sets for myself, don't you think?

~my favorites~

Okay, now that these weights are finished, I'll be back to sewing again. I have all kinds of plans in the works...

happy sewing,


  1. What a great idea! Those are so cute!!

  2. AnonymousJuly 09, 2008


    My box of weights are still plain too. I really should cover them and put them in a pretty container. Instead they get stacked back up in the cardboard box they came in. :)

  3. I just bought my first box of weights, and I'm debating covering them. I have two IRL sewing friends who'd probably enjoy getting pattern weights like these...guess I'd better buy another box and get to covering them!

  4. AnonymousJuly 10, 2008

    I have been thinking about getting some pattern weights. I will have to check out the hardware store next time. But can you tell me how exactly you made them? Is that woven or knit? And did you just cut fabric strips? Are the edges raw or finished? And how did you hide the end? Thank you.

  5. They look wonderful! I need to make some weights for myself.

    Can I ask how much your ones weigh?

  6. Fiona: The big weights are between 9.4 ounces and 11.2 ounces. The small weights are anywhere from 5.2 ounces to 6.6 ounces. I weighed 4 of each size and was surprised at the variation in weight. Of course, we're talking ounces, so maybe it's not really that much of a difference.

    Natalija: I would love to tell you my secrets, but then nobody would buy these from my Etsy shop. Well, not that many people on Etsy are buying them anyway. :-) You should go to the hardware store and start experimenting. You are so creative, I know you would come up with something fabulous. Just look for the big 4.5" and 3.5" in diameter weights. They work best.

    Blessings to all!

  7. I love all the weights! I really like your favorite ones!

    Love, Heather

  8. Hey Ruth...VERY cool!

    Come on over to my Sewing Studio site and see what I'VE been up to!

  9. Who knew something from the hardware dept. could look so pretty. It's such a clever idea, Ruth. Well done!

  10. AnonymousJuly 23, 2008

    Wow! That's a lot of weights! They look great!