Thread Catcher…Super Handy and a Great Stash Buster!

thread catcher

Hands up who puts their cut thread on their sewing table in a little pile? Hands up who then inadvertently ends up losing said pile when they a) brush it onto the floor with their fabric when they’re manoeuvring/wrestling it around or b) it gets blown off by someone wafting past/the window being open?

I have done just that for the last two years and going through my stash, I decided to use up some leftover fabric to make myself a little thread holder. It was so quick and easy to make, I don’t know why I hadn’t made one sooner. If you want to make your own you will need:

  • A piece of A4 paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Fabric
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pins
  1. From your piece of paper, cut out a 21cm x 21cm square
  2. From each corner of your square, cut out a 5cm x 5cm square; you now have your pattern piece
  3. From your pattern piece cut out two in your chosen fabric and one in your fusible interfacing
  4. Also cut out a rectangle 27cm x 11 cm in both your fabric and interfacing
  5. Iron your interfacing pieces to their corresponding rectangle and one of your squares
  6. Fold your rectangle in half with the right side of the fabric facing inwards
  7. With a 1cm seam allowance, sew along one short edge and the long edge
  8. Pull through your fabric so the right side is facing outwards
  9. For each of your squares, sew each of your vertical sides together using a 1cm seam allowance (ie the two cut out sections) to make your box shape. Turn your interfaced piece so the seams are inside and leave the inner (non-interfaced piece) facing wrong side out
  10. Place your inner piece inside your outer piece to hide all raw edges. On both pieces, fold in 1cm of fabric and press to hold in place
  11. Position your rectangular piece in one of the sides and pin around the top edge
  12. Topstitch round to hide any raw edges, attach the inner to the outer and secure the rectangular holder

thread catcher progress 1

thread catcher progress 2

thread catcher progress 3

Depending on the set up of your sewing space, your rectangular piece may be longer of shorter. I sit at the edge of my table so I use the rectangular piece to sit under my sewing machine and the bowl hangs over the edge to the right of my machine. If you prefer, you could have this to the front of you, although I found this got in my way a little. You could also make your square bigger if you wish – it’s definitely handy if you will have more little offcuts for fabric but I was conscious I didn’t want to become lazy…actually having to get up from time to time doesn’t do me any harm!

If you’re looking for other scrap busting ideas, how about making a wine glass coaster – the perfect accompaniment to your sewing room if you take a little glass in with you when you sew (Disclaimer: WCDN cannot be held responsible for any wonky seams or shoddy workmanship as a result of the sewist being tipsy in charge of machinery!)

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