Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Fabric Weights

My friend J gave me a book of small printed cotton fabric samples. Some of the prints are especially pretty. But what to do with these? Well, I picked up a neat idea from the Tips section of one of my favourite websites, A reader suggested making fabric weights by stuffing pieces of fabric with coins.

Since I have a million pennies, I counted out batches of 50 and sewed them into the fabric samples. The stitching is a bit wonky on some of them, but the pennies are tricky to maneuver.

I've seen those yellow coated metal fabric weights that cost close to $20 and you don't get very many of them in a package. These cost me 50 cents each as the fabric was free.

I still have lots of the samples left and will be using them to make some cloth dolls. I will share more about the dolls in a future post.


Creativehands said...

What are the weights for? They look like fun.
Little pieces of fabric are good for quilting...just saying...

Cotton Picker said...

Hello Creative Hands. These weights hold your pattern in place so you no longer have to pin tissue to fabric. A much better method in my experience. Now that I think about it, I probably should have referred to these as "pattern" and not "fabric" weights.

I decided against using these in a quilting project because the samples are a light, crisp shirting from the 70s, not anything like the soft quilting cotton you find today.