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.


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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.”

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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…

Smiles,
Dianne

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

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Chels March 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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

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Shhhh, don’t tell everyone!

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Heather
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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Cassidy March 31, 2010 at 2:42 pm

ditto Dianne. A tute for this would be awesome.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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Kass February 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

Where do you get emery?

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

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