Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Pincushion / Thead catcher


I've been wanting to make myself a thread catcher to have near my long arm, and I found this pattern online.  The bonus is the little pockets for all the tools.  Now I can stop losing my scissors, and marker, and seam ripper, and everything else. 

Over the weekend, I pulled out a couple of fat quarters and got to work. Of course, the first thing I did was redesign the pattern :)  I didn't have any felt for the pincushion, so I just made the top a solid piece.  And I  had to shorten some parts (the pattern calls for 23", but I was using fat quarters) so I made the pocket out of 2 colours rather than one piece.  And I wanted more pockets, so I made that section wider (almost too wide, once I realized that it was supposed to fit under the pin cushion). And then by the time I got to doing the bag, I didn't have enough fabric to cut the facing as big as the pattern called for, so it's a narrow 1/4".

Even with all the redesigns, this was pretty simple to put together.  I adjusted as I went and didn't run into any snags. I did discover after it was done that the pincushion is s bit squishy.  It probably should have been stuffed more - I may go back in there and add some stuffing later, but for now this is all setup by my longarm, so I can stop losing stuff and stop collecting thread piles on the table.  The removable bag is a nice feature - should make it easy to empty.

6 comments:

  1. I made a similar one recently for a swap but I like how this has pouch pockets too.

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  2. I was thinking today, that my panto shelf on my quilting frame has too much stuff on it. This would sure help. Good idea.

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  3. I made this exact pattern awhile ago. I totally forgot to blog about it though. I guess once I started using it, it was like it had always been there, it just fit right in to my sewing space so well. I like the colours you chose.

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  4. You chose nice colours, and I love how you adapted the pattern. Seems to me that is the only way to sew, or cook.....

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  5. These are great and make nice gifts for sewing friends too.

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