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Thread: Folding Thread Catcher

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    Super Member Butterflyspain's Avatar
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    Hi everyone. Today my local sewing club did a tutorial on this neat Thread Catcher, handy to carry to your sewing classes.

    Pictures first so you know what I am talking about, Then I will give you the directions.

    Please bare with me I have at least 7 pictures before I give the tutorial

    I used a rubber ring I made instead of the 4" Embroidery Hoop. I stapled it and then covered it with tape
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    Cardboard covered with batting on both sides and then sewn together
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    You twist it to fold it inside itself like this

    Showing it twisted and folded down, it pops up when you untwist it.
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    Popped up
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    `Tutorial

    Materials

    Cut one pice of fabric 11" x 14". If fabric is directional, pattern should be right side up on the 11" sie

    Cut two fabric circles 5 3/3" in dieameter. these do not have to match the main fabric but they should co-ordinate.

    the inside hopp only of a 4" wooden embroidery hoop, I didnīt have so I substituted one I made.

    Lightweight cardboard
    Batting
    thread to match
    Basic sewing supplies (Scissors, straight pins, needle etc.)

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    both cute and clever--thanks!

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    Construction:

    Draw around the INSIDE of the embroidery hoop onto the cardboard. Make two cirles. Cut tthe circles inside the drawn line. finished cardboard circles should be approximately 1/8th smaller than the inside of the embroidery hoop.

    Place a cardboard circle on a double thickness of batting and draw around it. Cut out two circles of batting. They should be the same size as the cardboard circles.

    Thread a needle with about 24" of sturdy thread. Starting and finishing on the right side of the fabric, make a running stitch close to the edge of one close to the edge of one fabric circle. Flatten the circle out, leaving the two tails of thread off to the side. Wiht the right side of the fabric circle facing down, centre a cricle of batting on the wrong isde , then place a cardboard circle on top of the batting. take the ends of thread and pull them to gather the fabric tightly around the cardboard circle. Knot the thread securely to hold the fabric tight. (This step is similar to making a yo-yo). Repeat for the second fabric circle.

    Sandwich the two cardboard circles, wrong sides together and which stitch tightly all around the edge. this becomes the base of your thread catcher.

    Two fabric circles sewn together
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    Take the 11" x 14" piece of fabric and press 1/4" to the wrong side on both of the 14" sides. Unfold the 1/4" and sew the two 11" sides (right sides together ) using a 5/8"th seam backstitching at top and bottom. Press the seam open. Repress the 1/4" folds across the seam. You now have a tube with both ends of the tube folded under one-fourth inch

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    With the fabric tube wrong side out, slip the embroidery hoop over the tube to the middle . Fold one end of the tube over the hoop, matching seam and folded edges evenly. Pin the folded edges together at four even intervals. Figure 1.

    With your fingers, work the hoop into the fold at the opposite end from the pinned edges. Take extra care to assure that the hoop is fully nested into the fold all the way around. Pin fabric together up tight against the hoop at even intervals. with matching thread, make running stitches up tight against the hoop all the way around it. Backstitch to secure end of stitching. If fabfic is diectional (or if youjust like one end better than the other) be sure that the side you want to see on the outside ofyou thread catcher is now o the inside. Same goes for the carboard circle. (In other words, the first side you assemble will become the inside of the thread catcher. Bear in mind that the hoop will be at the top of the thread catcher.) Figure 2

    Like this. Figure 1
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    What a clever idea. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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    Moving the inside layer of fabric out of the way, slip the cardboard circle into the opening of the tube. Pin the folded edge of the tube to the rim of the cardboard circle at even intervals, distributing fullness evenly all around the circle. (Remember that the side of the cardboard circle facing OUT now will end up INSIDE the thread catcher) With matching thread, make small whip stitched to secure the folded ed of the tube to the cardboard circle.

    Turn the bottom through the hoop inside out. You have only sewn one side of the round piece of the bottom on at this point. Turn inside out.

    Sew the remaining edge of the tube to the bottom edge of the cardboard circle. Fig 3

    Sewn top first piece of the cardboard circle being sewn
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    Fig 3
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    Sew the remaining edge of the top to the bottom edge of the cardboard circle.

    Hey presto you are done. Twist the thread catcher so that the base tucks tightly into the hoop for storage. Untwist to use your thread catcher

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    Twist to open and close
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    Finished article ready for use

    Finished
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    I am missing something...what makes it stand up? doesn't the hoop weigh it down? just not getting it LOL

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    Its magic. We all thought you need something to make it stand up NOPE. Just does it all by itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rusty quilter
    both cute and clever--thanks!
    The tute and more pics are underneath, you posted before I was finished.

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    Neat

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    I need one of these as every Saturday morning in the winter about 10 of us go to one lady's home to sew. I always feel guilty about dropping a few threads on the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    I need one of these as every Saturday morning in the winter about 10 of us go to one lady's home to sew. I always feel guilty about dropping a few threads on the floor.
    Its so easy you can make one in a couple of hours. good luck, I know what you mean, it can get quite messy with all the threads and cuttings.

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    Thanks for the tute, have enough thread catchers myself but would make a fun table gift for friends at Xmas.

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    What a great little thread thingy. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Thanks for the tute, have enough thread catchers myself but would make a fun table gift for friends at Xmas.
    Now thats an idea!

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    Very cool! I'm going to make one of these!

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    I have a lot of thread catchers but this will make a great gift to other quilters and a great one to carry to classes where space is limited. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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    Glad you all liked the tutorial

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    I'm going to have a go at one of these. Thankyou Elle for posting this thread.

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    that is so cool, thanks for the tutorial

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