I've been looking for pattern weights for quite awhile, but I found the ready-made options to be either too expensive or not what I had in mind. I wanted something like old-school Wonder Weights -- rubber-coated metal and hefty.
These are easy to make and each weight should cost less than $2. My washers were 40 cents apiece and my can of Plasti Dip was $5 and change. The tube of glue, as you can see by the pliers-worn cap, was already on hand.
One can spray Plasti Dip (comes in several colors)
E-6000 or other strong glue
The largest washers you can find at your local hardware store
Optional, but helpful:
Milk bottle caps
Glue your washers together. I used stacks of three. Two is probably sufficient, but I wanted the extra heft. Don't go crazy or the glue will squish out of the sides.
Milk bottle caps (or similar) will make it easier to spray your weights. This is something you will want to do outdoors on a piece of cardboard or newsprint.
Follow the application directions on the Plasti Dip can (30 minutes in between coats.)
And you're done. Rubberized pattern weights for less than $2 a piece. Quicker, easier and less destructive than pins.
Many Nessies later, I've turned my little lake monsters into
a pattern. Make a mythic plush plesiosaur of your very own!
It’s a ten page, easy-to-follow tutorial with diagrams,
photos and full-size pattern pieces to make either 10” Nessie or 7” Nesette.
This pattern is suitable for beginning sewists and makes monsters appropriate for all
It’s also an ideal project for thrifted sweaters.