Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I was visiting the studio of one of our fabulous Sweet Funky Vintage friends, Jessica, recently. Sitting on her cutting table were the interesting looking little doughnutty things. I picked one up and noticed that they were quite heavy and asked her what she does with them. I was delighted with her explanation! Instead of putting pins through her tissue paper patterns to do her cutting, she uses these pattern weights that she made to rest on the patterns to hold them in place. What an a-ha moment! I asked her if I could borrow her idea and make some of my own. I am sharing them here, since Jessica doesn't have her own blog (and she so totally should! You would surely enjoy seeing the pictures of her studio and to-die-for fabric stash!).
1) Purchase 20 of the large size, flat washers from your local home-improvement store. I bought mine from Lowe's for $.30 each.
2) Raid the fabric scrap bin for strips of colorful fabric.
3) Place 4 of the washers on top of each other.
3) Wrap the strips of fabric around and around and around and around the washers, overlapping slightly so the the washers are completely covered.
4) Hot Glue the end of the fabric strip to the fabric on the inside of the washer's edge.
5) Ta-da! No more pin holes in your precious out-of-print patterns and now lay-out and cutting is so much faster!!
6) The cuteness of these pattern weights is a total bonus!
Thanks, Jessica, for sharing this totally fabulous idea!