Finally expanding my repertoire to also include sewing clothes has meant learning a whole new set of skills, terminology, and tools. Totally fun. And then seeing online how other sewists use weights instead of pins has made me want to get sewing weights for a while, but they just seemed too expensive or cumbersome.
But then, a recent post about a Greedy Gift Grab on the super inspirational and fun blog, Communing with Fabric, contained a quick explanation about how to create sewing weights using washers. A quick online search shows that the idea and technique are not new, but still new to me.
Thus, off to the local hardware store to pick up a set of washers. Then with some E6000, loads of 3/4" ribbon, Thread End Glue, and Fabri-Tac, a fun set of sewing weights in not much actual hands-on time. (Although I do have a sore thumb pad from holding on to the washer while pulling the ribbon tightly with the other hand.)
For this ribbon and how I wrapped them, 49" of ribbon turned out to be the perfect length. Sometimes there was some extra ribbon leftover depending on the tension, but I was never short.
These weights will make working with silk and other slipper fabrics so much easier than using pins. Not to mention less chance of accidental pokes.