I find that I can never have too many garbage cans around to catch those loose threads. You’d be surprised (or perhaps not…) how many loose threads that were supposed to be in the bin under my sewing table ended up on my socks, pant legs, or tracked around the house. When I saw thread catchers at a Christmas craft show, I knew it was the solution to my problem. I started looking online for a tutorial and the one that appealed to me the most was by Erica Arndt of “Confessions of a Home Schooler”.
You can find the online and PDF tutorials here:
Here are my thoughts on this project.
This pattern was extremely well thought out and every step was illustrated. I really liked that the supply list was included online and at the beginning of the pattern PDF. It me allowed to compare the materials I had on hand with the needed materials before committing to this project. I wanted my thread catcher match my sewing caddy, so having a clear idea of fabric requirements was crucial. The supply list also included some tips for materials.
Below the supply list was a note about the seam allowance. This was really easy to find… something I appreciate when I’m sewing a single project over several days.
The cutting list was surprisingly short, but few pieces help make this a great beginner project.
You start sewing with the strap and then the pillow. I wanted to fill my pillow with flat-bottomed glass gems to make it heavier. I made my pillow slightly larger to accommodate the glass gems and allow room for 3 halo snaps to close the pillow. (this means I can’t put pins in the pillow, but I’m okay with that).
Next up you sew the bag. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to make a bag with a lining provided contrast for the exterior.
The final step is to attach the bag to the strap.
Here’s a photo of my finished thread catcher.
I really enjoy having a thread catcher. It has dramatically reduced the amount of lose threads on my clothes and floors. I’m planning to make another to give to a friend who has recently taken up sewing.
Have you made thread catcher? Do you find them useful?