I love to use pattern weights instead of pins when cutting out a pattern! Instead of inserting a jillion pins into pattern and fabric, you can just lay a handful of weights down to keep the pattern in place while cutting around it.
Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson! shares a tutorial on her blog how she created her own pattern weights. The small fabric pouches are filled with pennies, 50 in each one. What a great idea! The pennies are a weighty filling that literally costs just pennies. Get the tutorial.
[photo from Oh, Fransson!]