And then I saw The Petit Sewists tutorial on how to make up your own, and I was sold! I picked up a package of 3/4" washers (inside diameter, they measure 2 inches across) within my first couple weeks in Yukon, I was that eager to make them. Of course, then they sat on my desk for about 6 weeks...
|Yes, I'm still using plastic bags as tracing paper. Shush.|
As suggested in the tutorial, I stacked the washer 3 high before gluing and wrapping them up with some scrap quilting cotton I'd kept from an art project. I think it's sufficient for weights, but 4 high would've been even better. Still, I got 8 weights out of it, for $8, much more economical than $13 for 4. And mine are infinitely cuter!
After finding The Petit Sewists tutorial, I discovered that this isn't exactly a new concept, and people more brilliant than me have been doing this for years! And they don't all use this method, either. Here's a few of my favourite links for pretty washer pattern weights:
- SewChic made single layer washer weights, but boy did she get a lot! This would be great for when you need a little bit of weight, or stack them for more if needed. And how pretty are her fabric choices! I just wish I knew how she got her fabric edges so clean.
- Stitchin and Bitchin and A Spoonful of Sugar both created cute yoyo style weights. I love the button detail!
- Sugar Tart Crafts and Sascha Romeo used ribbon instead of fabric, and boy do those look cleaner than mine. Shucks, why didn't I do that?!
- But actually, my all time favourite and current target of my envy is the yarn-wrapped washers made by Walker Whimsy. Oo la la, look at the colours and that soft fuzziness. I know what my next set will look like!
- And just for a bit of fun and organization, Junie Moon has come up with an adorable way to keep all of your pretty little weights together.