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DIY Pattern Weights Using Acrylic Tiles

Amy Jensen

Posted on December 13 2018

     If you are like me then you end up using whatever is around you for pattern weights. Am I right? Up until now I was actually using rocks from the garden as pattern weights but I kept telling myself that one day I would have better pattern weights but who wants to spend tons of money on pattern weights???? I found a way that cost just around $1 a weight to make depending on your chosen materials. 

     In this article I am going to show you how to make your own stylish pattern weights out of your fabric scraps and acrylic tiles.

What you need:
  • Acrylic Tiles of your choice, I got the 3" hexagon which weigh about 4 oz. Smaller tiles are perfect for smaller pattern pieces and usually weight between 1-2 oz. 
  • Felt for your tiles backing.
  • Fabric scraps for the decorative top, fabrics that fray easily may be a little harder to work with as you apply your glue.
  • Cutting tool of choice, rotary cutter, exacto knife, scissors.
  • Brush for applying glue.
  • Mod Podge matte or glossy.
  • Some sort of weight to help press felt to the back piece, I used a rock

     First step will be to remove your tiles from the mesh backing they come on if they came on one. I found my tiles at the local hardware store in the bathroom remodel section. 

     After they are removed you are going to apply your felt backing to the tile. Start by applying glue to the back of your tile making sure to go all the way to the edges.

     Once the glue is applied place it on your felt piece and apply some pressure, I like to put a rock on it for about 3 minutes or until the glue is dry. You can also use elmers invisible glue sticks to apply the felt as well.

     After the glue has dried cut away your extra felt around the edges, I like to use my rotary cutter for straight edges but for curved edges you will want smaller scissors or an exacto knife.


     Now comes the fun part, putting on your top design. You can use fabric or even use a vinyl cutter to make some fun designs to stick on. Apply your glue to the front of your tiles again going all the way to the edges so that your fabric does not lift up (or skip the glue and apply your vinyl transfers now if that is what you want for your design)

Lay your fabric on your tile and press down to insure it is secured down. let it dry for a few minutes.

     After the fabric is secured to the front of the tile cut away the extra along the sides. 

Last step is to put a final coat of Mod Podge on top of your tile to seal the fabric or vinyl. I used Matte in this article and video. There is also a gloss Mod Podge which will give it a shiny....gloss... lol finish.
Let them dry and then you are done!!!! 
     Want to win this set for free??? (Winner only pays shipping) Post in Max and Meena with your favorite 80's or 90's character and use the hashtag #weighingmedown in the post so I can search all the entries and randomly pick a winner. I will choose a winner on 12/16/18 so get to posting! 


     Click here to watch me make them on YouTube as well. Feel free to subscribe to my channel, the goal is to eventually have a video of each Max and Meena pattern being sewn up. 

Thanks for reading!!! 


  • Angel Norgaard: September 09, 2019

    Where can I find those acrylic tiles at?

  • Amy: February 22, 2019

    Fabric is from Hushabye Fabric

  • Amanda: February 13, 2019

    Where did you get the Lisa Frank fabric!!!! I need it in my life ASAP!!

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