If you’re a guy who likes sewing and craft projects, you’ll want to know how to make a thread catcher bag. A thread catcher is a handy little pocket that hangs on the side of your craft table or next to your sewing machine. It catches little snippets of thread as you sweep them off the table or away from your project.
You can find several different patterns for a thread catcher bag on various craft websites. Simply type “thread catcher patterns” into the search bar of your favorite Internet browser. Once you’ve found a pattern, gather the following supplies and start making your own thread catcher.
Supplies needed to make a thread catcher bag:
- Fabric scraps
- Sand or filler material
- Needle and thread
- Find a pattern. Search the internet for a thread catcher pattern. Although a thread catcher can be any size you want, most patterns are for a five-inch square pillow filled with sand and a lined square-bottomed bag with straps. The weighted pillow also serves as a pincushion.
- Select a fabric. A thread catcher is a good way to use fabric scraps left over from other craft or sewing projects. Use cotton fabric if you want your thread catcher to be washable. Other possible fabric choices include wool and satin. After you select a thread catcher fabric, choose a different fabric for a lining.
- Select a filler. In addition to the fabric, you need a filler for the counterweight pillow that holds your thread catcher in place on your craft table or sewing machine. Most patterns suggest sand, but you can also use materials like glass beads, lead shot, or fishing weights.
- Gather supplies. In addition to fabric and filler, your thread catcher requires interfacing for the straps. Matching or coordinating thread will join all the pieces together.
- Assemble the pillow. Following your Internet pattern, sew the seams for the pincushion/counterweight pillow. Leave one side open for the filler. Fill the pillow with sand or your chosen filler material. Sew the open end closed. To prevent leaks, you could sew an outer pillow to hold an inner sand-filled pillow.
- Assemble the bag. Using your Internet pattern, sew the thread catcher bag. Do not hem the top of the bag. Sew an identical bag from your lining material, and turn it inside out. Fit the liner into your thread catcher, fold the tops into a cuff, and top-stitch in place.
- Attach the straps. Attach your thread catcher bag to the counterweight pillow with straps crafted from fabric and interfacing as a stiffener. Use buttons, pins, or hook-and-loop fasteners for removable straps. Or simply sew everything together.