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Posted on: 1/19/06 5:57 PM
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I cut out my patterns in the kitchen so I've always used food cans as pattern weights - grabbing a can of garbanzos, tomato soup or tomato paste. But then I have to reassemble the cans back into the cabinet. It made the table look as if I was both cooking and sewing. Organza here, can of olives there.

Now I've switched to a set of ceramic tiles known as subway tiles. They're 3 " x 6", weigh about 4 oz,white, and stack neatly. I was able to buy less than a case at a ceramic tile place, so I bought 15 for under $10. (Sorry, don't have a photo, so google "subway tile" on images if you're unfamiliar with these.)

They fit in many spots, even narrow sleeve pieces. If I think I need more weight, I stack them. They're cheap and make a neat stack on top of the microwave, ready for another pattern cut-out project.

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thaiyal said...
Thanks! this is a great idea.
1/20/06 7:31 AM
2muchfabric said...
What a great idea! Since you work in the kitchen,maybe the tiles could serve a dual purpose--use as trivets for hot cookware when not being used as pattern weights. Thanks for the tip!
1/20/06 11:20 AM
solosmocker said...
Great idea. I use beach stones from my sisters home up in Cape Elizabeth Maine. They have been washed for centuries and are as smooth as can be.
2/13/06 3:28 PM
sue falcone said...
That is a great idea. I am always looking for an alternative to pinning patterns, also it saves my fingertips!
2/13/06 8:47 PM
 
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