Something that has streamlined my sewing recently are these pattern weights. They have saved me so much time. Instead of pinning my pattern to the fabric, I just put these weights down and cut around.
I used a couple of 1.25″ washers from the hardware store (embarrassingly, I’ve been here long enough that I can’t remember what we call a hardware store in England – DIY store, maybe???) and wrapped embroidery floss around them.