Friday, December 30, 2011
Thread and scrap catcher
I can't believe I waited so long to make this! It is one of the most useful things I've ever made. It's a small bag for loose threads and scraps that hangs off the table, right beside your sewing machine. Much better than having to turn to the trashcan constantly. It's attached to a pincushion too, so less clutter on your workspace!
I made mine with scraps of fabric I already had laying around. The original tutorial I followed can be found at Merriment Design. I did, however, make a few adjustments to her thread catcher.
-I made mine shorter: 18 x 9 instead of 17.5 x 11.
-I also made the pincushion part smaller (5 x 4) and filled it with emery sand to sharpen the pins. The emery is also hefty enough to sit without any other weights. TIP: put the emery in a small bag and then put it into the pincushion. Keeps any of the grains from leaking out. I bought my emery sand from LoveLaurie on Etsy.
-Because the pincushion was smaller, I chose to only use one strap. Saved me a bit of time, I like the look better, and it hasn't been any inconvenience. If I made another, I might consider trying two skinnier straps. It looks like hers is held more upright by the two straps.
-I used lightweight boning from Jo-Ann Fabric instead of plastic clothesline. Not sure which is cheaper, but the boning looks good and is easy to work with. She says the clothesline is optional, but I say it is needed to keep the bag open.
All in all, I am very happy with this project. It took under an hour to complete, and the instructions were super easy to follow. Please share if you decide to do this too!