It all started when I googled "pattern weights" and was asked by Amazon to "compare prices from $9 at 8 stores" for these. . .
Seriously, from $9...I think that means starting at $9.....for 4 pattern weights. According to my calculations that's (hold on while I get my calculator) $2.25 each.
Not I, said the cat. So I set out to make my own. In minutes I had a half dozen ideas off the internet but none as easy as a suggestion by a friend to use butter knives. She said she could still remember her grandmother holding down tissue patterns with them. Because I didn't have handy what I needed to make my own, I used my knives for a couple of weeks. They worked out great and I would probably still be using them if my husband hadn't started questioning why there were never any knives in the drawer.
Plan B, break down and go get what I needed -- the biggest washers (nuts, what ever they're called) I could find. Eight of them for $5. That's way more like it.
I bought the biggest my local hardware store had.
I ripped lengths of my favorite cotton prints in strips about 3/4" wide.
A dot of hot glue held the end in place so I could start wrapping.
I wrapped the washers all the way around until I overlapped
the spot where I started.
Then, put a line of hot glue across the end of the fabric and
tucked it into the hole.
...and they work almost as well as a butter knife.