Making Stuff: Thread Catcher

by This is Carrie on March 25, 2010

This was a Christmas gift project I finished ages ago but held off on posting because I thought maybe I’d get around to creating a tutorial for it, but I’ve finally conceded that it may never happen.

I really don’t know how I sewed for so long without a pin cushion/thread catcher

I fell so madly in love, I had to make a few more as gifts for my sewing friends. Kathid had already provided me with the perfect fabric.

If you want to make your own, here are a few tutorials for similar thread catchers I’ve found:

Kquilts Studio Thread Catcher

Oh Fransson Thread Catcher

And make sure you invest in emery to fill the pin cushion to keep your pins nice and sharp.



Jennifer March 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

That is such a great idea, I’ve always got a massive wad of threads and pins tangled together while I’m working on a project. Thanks.

elise March 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

what a great idea!! my husband would be thrilled not to find thread everywhere… and i’d love to get my hands on that fabric!

Vanessa March 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Oooh, I was just getting ready to sew a pincushion in a few weeks for my mom as a Mother’s Day gift, but I LOVE this much better. She always has threads and fabric scraps all around her sewing machine. And now I have to make me one too!

Stacy@RedDoorHome March 26, 2010 at 5:35 am

Just found your blog via UCreate. Love your site. I too am an avid runner and sewer. Just became a follower and hope you will stop by my blog to say “hi.”

Dianne K. Nelson March 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

I never knew about emery–thanks for the link!

And for what it’s worth–I like yours better than the tutorials you provided…


this is carrie
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Thanks Dianne. Maybe someday I’ll get around to making a tutorial….

Chels March 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Pretty sure I got the cutest one. haha… I do love it :)

this is carrie
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Shhhh, don’t tell everyone!

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March 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I have never seen one of these! Such a great idea to have one. My thread is all over the table when I sew.

nan March 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm

so how much emery did you use to fill one cushion?
Thanks love this idea. gonna make me one and one for a gift.

this is carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

The amount of emery depends on how big of pin cushion you make. For mine, it was a 3″ x 5″ rectangle and I bought 3 cups to fill 4 cushions (and I had a little extra). If you made it a bit smaller, you could do 1/2 cup for one.

Brittany March 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I’ve been meaning to make one of these, too. And guess what? I don’t have a pin cushion. How is that possible?! Well, I do have a mini finger ring one, but not a regular size one.

I really like yours. Maybe I’ll copy you :)

Cassidy March 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm

ditto Dianne. A tute for this would be awesome.

KathiD March 31, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Sigh. I have threadcatchers by my sewing machines and I STILL end up throwing thread all over the floor. Probably a little less than I would without them, though. Maaaaaaybe.

Oh well. It gives me a reason to use my little Fuller Brush carpet sweeper. Keeps the vacuum cleaner from getting thread wrapped around all those rollers.

KathiD March 31, 2010 at 11:54 pm

P.S. Great use for that fabric. I may have to make myself another one. Maybe a really really BIG one . . . that I can’t miss?

Megan February 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

HaHa! I totally had to click on this to see what a threadcatcher is, and I still can hardly believe there is such a thing! I have been sewing since I was 4…*cough-cough* years decades now, and I have NEVER even heard of those!

Kass February 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

Where do you get emery?

This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Etsy. I believe there is a link in the post.

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