Fabric Weight Tutorial

Hello everyone!! Kymona here, and I’m still excited about Valentine’s Day. The entire month of February should be dedicated to love. It’s safe to assume all of us here have a love for sewing, right, so I hope your ready for this new project I have in store for you. Fabric weights!! Yes, they are the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while; I might be a bit bias since I made these.

Plus, it’s a great stash buster!

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Finished Product

Finished fabric weight size: 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches

Materials to Create a Fabric Weight

  • Fat Quater ( I used Hello Sweetheart by Echo Park)
  • Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
  • Straight Ruler
  • Pins/Clips
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • White Thread
  • Scissor
  • Sewing Needle
  • Ribbon
  • Point Turner

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Supplies

Instructions to Sew a Fabric Weight

Step 1 – Cut the fabric

Cut (1) fabric quarter and (1) piece of fusible interfacing to 8 inches x 4 inches.

Fabric Weight Tutorial:Cut the fabric

Note: All seams allowances are 1/4 inch unless otherwise noted.

Step 2: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Fuse the lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the cut material.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Cut a piece of ribbon cut about 2 to 3 inches in length and fold in half, raw edges together. Place the folded ribbon 1 inch from the top of the 4-inch side — raw edge to raw edge.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Preparing the fabric for sewing

Fold the fused fabric in half on the 8-inch side.

Pin/clip or hold in place.

Step 3: Sew the sides together

Attach the Patchwork foot #97D foot to your machine. Sew two sides together to form the fabric weights.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Sew the sides together

Step 4: Iron the edge

Fold the unsewn edge a 1/4 of an inch and iron in place.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Iron the edge

Step 5: Trim and turn the fabric

Trim the two sewn corners.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Trim and turn the fabric
Turn and use a point turner to poke out the corner.

Iron flat.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Trim and turn the fabric

Step 6: Fill with rice and create the triangle

Take the two corners and bring them together to form the fabric weight.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Trim and turn the fabric

Fill the pouch up with rice. Leave about a 1/4 inch from the top.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Full with rice and create the triangle
Pin or clip top edges together.

Fabric Weight Tutorial:Fabric Weight Tutorial: Trim and turn the fabric

Step 7: Hand stitch to close

Use a needle and thread to stitch the pouch close.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Finished Product


Fabric Weight Tutorial: Finished Product

Nice and easy, right!! It’s such a great way to use all of those scrap pieces of fabric you have in your stash. Even if you don’t cut patterns, you can gift them to someone who does!

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Finished Product

Fabric weights are easy to make and use. Anyone who cut patterns would love to own a set of these.

Fabric Weight Tutorial: Finished Product

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25 comments on “Fabric Weight Tutorial”

  • Hello Kymona,
    Such a sweet little project. It does help with clearing out your stash as you said.
    Where did you get that sweet ribbon with “handmade with love” ?????
    I have been making my own, but it would be nice to have something just like that.
    Thank you!

  • Super cute and very functional. I am going to make the Archer shirt (with the Sew Along). These will be very helpful. Thank you for the tutorial❤️

  • Decide which side you are going to leave open and press up 1/4 inch before sewing any seam. Much easier to press up on the flat fabric. Are the plastic pellets you can buy in fabric store as heavy as the rice. I had a friend have mice get in and tear up something she had stuffed with rice.

    • Hello IIgaines! I’m not aware of the plastic pellets you mentioned. If you’re worried about the rice, fill it with something substantial enough that they will not move on their own. You could put small metal washers in them, but that could be costly and dangerous if it falls on your foot. So, check out the plastic pellets and make sure they are heavy enough for your weights.

    • Hello Sewbobbins!! Thank you so much. I’m happy you like them. To increase the size, just make sure you are going up the same amount on both sides. For instance, the pattern reads 8 inches by 4 inches, increase by two on both sides will give you 10 inches by 6 inches. Play with those measurements to see if that size works for you. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • These are really cute, great little gifts! I went to my Houston, TX, quilt guild’s annual retreat earlier this month, where we give “quilt fairy gifts,” and about 55-60 quilters attend. I made 60 of these little fabric weights, created in batches of 10 per fabric selection. They went pretty fast. Is there a place here, where I could post a photo of them? Btw, I think my grocery store was concerned because I ended up purchasing 6 bags of rice!

    • Hello Megclix! Thank you so much. I’m happy you like them and shared them at your retreat. That is wonderful. Everyone there was fortunate. Do you have Instagram and/or Facebook? If so, post them there and tag BERNINA. If not, you can email them to me.

  • I’m thrilled to see this tutorial, and just ordered some of that “Handmade with Love” ribbon. Thank you, Kymona! I can’t wait to make some. A friend made some, using the very small colored pebbles for fish tanks – perhaps those who don’t want to try rice could use that?

    • Hello enjoys,

      You are more than welcome. I hope you love your new weights. Please share. Yes, you can use anything small that has consequences. I know someone who used small metal washers picked up from home depot.


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