Growing up, mom used her silverware as pattern weights when sewing. Newer tableware just doesn’t have the weight though and using canned goods from the pantry just just cumbersome. The solution? Make your own pattern weights. Washers from the hardware store are a cheap supply that is fairly heavy on their own. Stack a few together and you have a sturdy pattern weight. Use a couple sizes, some paint, and scrap yarn and you have these cute thread spool DIY pattern weights.
Pattern Weight Supplies
2 7/8″ Steel Washers (Zinc isn’t as heavy)
16 7/16″ Steel Washers
Acrylic Paint (I used a pale yellow)
Worsted Weight Scrap Yarn (baby weight would also work)
Glue (I prefer Gloop over E6000)
Wooden Dowel (optional)
DIY Thread Spool Washer Pattern Weight
Stack and Glue the Washers
The first step is just to stack and glue your washers together. This is where a wooden dowel can come in handy. If you have trouble stacking things straight, just stack the washers around a dowel to help you hold them straight. Stack 16 of the smaller washers together, gluing between each one. Allow to dry for 30 minutes to an hour. Then glue a larger washer to each end. Allow to dry another 30 minutes to an hour. Purchasing the washers at a local hardware store (I’ve linked to Amazon in the supply list in case you don’t have a close hardware store) will let you buy individual larger washers or smaller than 100 packs since you don’t need as many of them as you do the smaller washers.
Once the glue is cured enough to move the stack, paint with your chosen acrylic paint. You’ll probably want a couple of coats to get a decent coverage over the metal as you can see from the photo above of one coat. Don’t worry about the center washers too much as those will be covered later. Allow paint to dry.
Cut a foot or two of scrap yarn and wrap around the middle of the spool shape. Secure the end with a dab of glue.
That’s it, you now have cute pattern weights that look like spools of thread. Enjoy!