I can't take credit for this tip because I learned it from Cynthia (the lady who owns the shop where I teach). I wanted to share it with you because I think it's a great idea! For wonderful but super cheap pattern weights, go to your local hardware or home center. In the plumbing aisle they have flat washers. The larger ones are wonderful to use for anchoring your pattern. They are flat and just heavy enough. I chose the ones that are about 3" in diameter. I think they cost about $.20 each or I could have bought an entire box of them for a few dollars. I bought 24 and in retrospect, I should have purchased the box. I like these much better than my "real" pattern weights as they are much flatter. I use them when cutting with the rotary cutter or with scissors. If you have a handy husband (or are handy yourself!) it would be easy to make some sort of a stand for them with a block of wood and a dowel. I just keep them in my cutting caddy (one of those household caddies with a handle where I keep everything I need to cut out/mark patterns as my cutting area is in another room).