NIFTY NOTION:  Hex Nut Pattern Weights

First, is a way-too-wordy video but I was too tired to do it again.  I guarantee that you will know everything there is to know about these little jewels after watching this video plus a bunch of other stuff you couldn't care less about.  I'll redo it when I get back home and I have a tripod.  YAY!

As I said in the video, I was at my MIL's house and needed a project.  I decided to wrap my hex nut weights in grosgrain ribbon so they would match my other flat washer weights.  In the pic below, I took two large FLAT washers and wrapped them together with grosgrain ribbon.  Much harder than the Hex Nut type to wrap.
As the Hex Nuts come from Ace Hardware in a box of 10:

One on my thumb.  Notice the yellow wrapped up one in the background.
Here, I am starting to wrap.  NO GLUE to start.
 Once you wrap the second time, the first wrap stays put.
 Almost all the way around.
 And all wrapped up and glued.
 Here is the glue I use.  I keep it upside down in a mug because it is so thick it takes a long time to flow down to the tip. 
 I cut the ribbon even with the top of the nut, and then I put a strip of glue on the length of that piece.  Then I push my finger up through the bottom spreading the glue evenly on that cut piece.

And, yes, you get glue all over your fingers!  And if you wipe it off on a good rag or towel, you WILL NOT ever get it off again.  Of course, that is the point of glue, isn't it?
And HOW DARLING are these?!  I love them.  Someone should invent a game with them.  Phylly says they should sell these Hex Nuts at JoAnn's and Hancock's.  I agree!

Still have to wrap the two boxes I bought the day I made the video.  Maybe Phylly and I can do them together at ETA in Dallas in a few weeks. 

Hugs, Joy


  1. Hi Joy,

    I have read all of your posts. I went to Rual King (a farm store)today and purchased 12 hex nuts @ 1.69 a lb. They came to a little over $5.
    Thank you for this tip.

  2. These are adorable. I will create them in my next lifetime. Maybe before that if I can manage it with my 100 year old fingers. :)

    Seriously -- they are so cute and I would buy them if you sold them to JoAnns!

  3. Hi Joy,

    I just found your blog from one of your sewing videos on YouTube. And I just wanted to say I love this idea. Do you know what size the Hex nuts are? I would love to find some and buy some but if I knew the size it will help in the search of them. Also what width of ribbon did you use and what type of glue did you use?

    I also wanted to say these are so cute and I am going to have to try making them.


  4. Katie,
    There is a picture of the box up above. That is ALL the information I have as to the size. I would just write down those numbers, and head for a hardware store. I got mine at Ace Hardware.
    The glue is from Hancock Fabrics. There is a pic of it above as well. The ribbon can be 1/2" wide or 5/8" wide.
    Hugs, Joy

  5. Where have you been all of my life or at least 20 years ago when I was sewing in school. Rotary cutter... GENIUS IDEA!!! I took my sewing machine out of storage a few days ago wanting to start sewing again and what wonderful gems I have now found.

    Thank you very much,

    1. You are very welcome. Welcome aboard. Notice the tutorials over at the side.
      Hugs, Joy


  6. Mary Flynn , May 30, 2016

    Hi Joy!

    Happy Memorial Day! Love your videos and blog, I'm trying to get as much as I can do today in my sewng room, I ordered the Fast & Fun top that you and Deb made, the question I have is did you add the bust dart or did it work out without, first attempt at this pattern and don't want to ruin my fabric. I just have to add that you remind me so much of Joyce Meyer, kind of the look and voice, I don't know you just do. Love you and your friends, you have become part of my daily life, always look forward to your posts. God Bless you!

    1. LOL! I love Joyce Meyers. Could preach her sermons. Have her book, tapes and videos. She TOTALLY reminds me of me. Personality, Hair cut and all. I've often wanted to write to her and tell her I am her twin.
      Hugs, Joy


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