I was searching Pinterest the other day to find things I could make out of fat quarters (they were recently on sale for 67c each, I couldn’t help myself!) and I stumbled upon a tutorial for pyramid pattern weights. Since I’ve been using my stash of tuna cans from Costco, I thought I’d give it a shot.
Cue me asking Mike, “Do you want to sew some straight lines?” The answer was of course yes, and away we went.
I didn’t use the PDF from the tutorial because I found it approximately 10 minutes before we started sewing and do not have a printer at home. But I was delightfully surprised at how easy it was to make a template using my cutting mat. I grabbed a leftover bit of tracing paper (I use this) and lined it up against the straight edge of my mat. I closed my eyes and pictured the tutorial (and tried to remember 9th grade geometry) and proceeded to trace the 60° angle. And then second guess myself, and then reassure myself. I then placed my new 60° line on the original line and did it again. Woohoo, equilateral triangle! Woohoo, remembering the term “equilateral triangle”!
I cut out my new template (and quickly made a second smaller template) and turned them over to Mike. I had him trace and cut the fabric, a leftover scrap of purple/white chevron that I had found while cleaning the craft room. He determined he was a big fan of the rotary blade, and that scissors are not his style. I go between the two depending on project, but agree in general.
Once we had the fabric cut, we folded them in and pressed the folds. Then to the sewing machine to sew some straight lines! I sewed the first one with Mike watching carefully. He then did the next three – two times accidentally sewing up all three seams. Whoops! He then learned how to use the seam ripper ;). Once they were sewn (he did a great job!) we flipped them rightside out again and went back to the iron to press the sewn seams *and* the bottom seams again.
It was a bit of a hassle to get the rice into the little pyramids – a lot of rice ended up on the floor (my fault). But then we filled a bowl with rice and proceeded to spoon feed it, “like a baby, but that doesn’t spit up on you”. (I have since called my lovely mother, who reminded us that funnels are a thing. Thanks, Mom!) Once they were all filled, it was time to finish up the seam by hand.
Once shown how to do a blind seam (invisible stitch/ladder stitch/hidden stitch) by yours truly, Mike asked the very important question, “Why are we doing this the stupid way?” Because I said so, and because you need to learn it eventually anyways. Also because it’s pretty. Now sew. ❤ He turned out to do it just fine, but that it was a little too much small-gauge detail work for his hands.
A short while later, I became the new owner of a set of pyramid “pattern weights”. Which in no time at all became juggling balls. Which turned into around an hour of Plop, Plop, THUD. Hopefully he gets better at juggling because hoo-boy I can only take so much of failed juggling noises.