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Modern Monday: DIY Pattern Weights

Happy Modern Monday! This week I'm sharing a project I made because I wish that I had them while I was making my Loki balzo. Sometimes you don't want to put pins into fabric because it is too fine and the pins wont help, or it is really squishy. For those sewing projects try some pattern weights. I saw some pins on how to make tile pattern weights from old backsplash tiles on Pinterest a few years ago and it resurfaced as a project I needed to try. For this project I used one sheet of backsplash tiles, goo gone, tacky glue, craft felt, and craft scissors. I wish I had used work gloves as part of this project to protect my hands. Affiliate Links for Supplies Tacky Glue Click Here Craft Felt Click Here Craft Scissors Click Here Goo Off Click Here Women's Protective Gloves Click Here Have you made pattern weights before or had other #pinterestfails ? What about your own #nailedit moments? Tell me about them in the comments! Bisou Bisou, Maridith
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