Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Handy Dandy Fabric Weights

Lately I have been wrestling with rather large pieces of sashing fabric or a nearly finished medallion quilt top on my cutting table.  Just as I get them on the cutting board and get my ruler aligned, they slide right off and crumple onto the floor.  It has frustrated me to no end.  What's a stitcher to do but stitch up a solution?


I remembered a tutorial on Oh, Fransson from ages ago that got me started.  After a quick read, I fussy cut five 3.5 inch squares of Melody Miller teacups and then the same of a red/white texty print that I don't know the name of.  I also cut ten 3.5 inch squares of batting, matching each one to a top/bottom and securing it with a grid of stitching about 1 inch in from the edge.


I just matched right sides together, stitched three sides and then flipped them right side out and filled them three quarters full with dried soya beans.  Before flipping, I did trim the corners off and cut away the batting that would have really bulked up the seams.  They were then hand stitched closed.  Easy peasy.


I do wish that I used something a bit heavier as a filling, but these will due for the time being.  They do seem to work, though - they can at least hold down a little pile of LV fabrics in a Galway breeze.  That's saying something!









17 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Very cute :o)

mammafairy said...

brilliant idea!

quirkyhannah said...

That's a brilliant idea! And love the colour choices.

Judith, Belfast said...

Stylish and practical!! Win, win! Jxo

Suedio said...

Very cute teacup fabric - love the aqua and red combo! I've also used silica sand as the filling for a couple of pin cushions, which have doubled as fabric weights.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Good idea! Funnily Mark asked me to make him the exact same things this week to hold down art prints!

DeborahGun said...

great idea, and those tea-cups are just so cute!

A Quilter's Mission said...

Very clever...and useful!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cindy! Great idea and so cute! I love the fabric with cups! x Teje

Archie the wonder dog said...

Cute!

Helenjean said...

great for putting on a pile of paper napkins on s picnic table, or on the "posh" occasions, a picnic tablecloth

Canadian Abroad said...

This could be why I cut big pieces on the floor. But they are a very good idea especially as the sewing outside season starts.

Leanne said...

Those are a great idea. For cutting big pieces, you might want to fold up the edges so they don't drag the piece as you cut and distort the edge.

kathy said...

The Galway Breeze! Lol.

Cille said...

Very, very clever and cute....

Sooli said...

What a good idea! Thanks for sharing, they're very cute and practical too.

Nicky said...

Some gold coins might help weigh them down ! Very cute!

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