Thread Catcher Tutorial

Its taken awhile but I have finally finished the tutorial for my super duper thread catcher, just in time to submit it into the sew mama sew competition.

I have been so time poor lately, mainly because I have been doing other sewing projects but more so because Amelia has not been sleeping all that well because of a virus. First it was teeth then the cold and now she must be enjoying being a fusspot because the grizzles are continuing. Poor little bugger, its very hard for them because they cant communicate. Poor mamma due to sleep deprivation and feeling like a basket ball as my tummy is starting to swell. Now in my fifth month and very happy to announce that we are having a little boy. Was happy with either sex but banking on a boy. It means that if needed we can stop at the second and have our pigeon pair.

So here is the tutorial and pattern for the must have accompliment to sewing.


The base panel size can be changed according to the width of your machine. This particular pattern is for a wide quilting machine but it also looks good under a smaller model. The pocket for the scissors may need also to vary depending on the type of thread snippers you have, mine are straight up and down, thus a smaller pocket was required, other snippers have a finger hole (not sure on the necessity of that feature) which means a wider pocket is needed.

It really does make sewing a little less messy, particularly if you are like me and need to set up the machine in the kitchen every time you want to sew. Its a very simple tutorial, I hope you enjoy!!


49 thoughts on “Thread Catcher Tutorial

  1. Hi Beck! Love this tutorial, can’t wait to find some time to make one for myself, and maybe one for a gift for my MIL too…

    Congrats about your little boy growing in there – will be lovely for you to have your pigeon pair, and to be able to make some boy things too! If you’re considering cloth nappies for him, have a look at my website as I make them.

    Hope Amelia feels better soon, nothing worse than having so much you want to sew and not enough time to do it coz bubbas aren’t sleeping!!

    Nat xx

  2. I’ve got a trash can right under/next to my machine, and the threads still don’t make it there. I’ve considered a pocket like this one, and now I know how to make it. Thanks!

  3. I’ve been wanting one of these for my machine. I need to make this since I always have piles of thread all over my sewing area. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  4. Thank you so much for the thread catcher! I finished it last night and I love it. I added extra padding under my machine to absorb vibrations and made the entire thing a little bigger to fit my taste. The tutorial is well-written and I found it easy to make (except for sewing on the teeny-tiny scissor pocket). This is a big improvement over the little pouch I had made that kept falling off the table!

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  6. Wow, what a great idea! I just recently started sewing (at the only available location in our house… the kitchen table) and my husband is already complaining about finding threads everywhere. I’d love to share this on my blog, would you mind if I linked here and used your picture?

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  9. That is really lovely and useful thing, this thread catcher– thank you *ever* so much for making a tutorial for it! I have a really ugly one for my serger, and I think something like this would be so much nicer…

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  13. Thank you for sharing this thread catcher tutorial for free. I now have my first sewing project to make on my new machine. I’m looking forward to reading all your other posts now that I’ve found this one.

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  16. This is so wonderful!!!! I’ve seen the little threadcatcher bags held in place with bags filled with rice but their openings are too small to be practical. This however is fantastic and I’m going to start on it tomorrow. Thank you more times than there are snipets of thread!!!

  17. Thank you,Thank you very much for the tutorial. This is a brilliant idea! now I know how to make it. many many Thanks!

  18. This is a great tutorial and have all of my materials ready to go. However, I get a little confused about the binding in Step 5 & 6. I do not want to put a lengthy comment on your blog. So, when you have free time (I have little ones too, so I understand) and can see my email address I entered, could you email me…then I can ask a few questions.

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  22. Oh thank you!!!!! I am a very messy sewer. I get in my groove and don’t want to stop for trivial things like making sure the threads get thrown in the garbage can! This could be the answer for me!!!!

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  24. i dont like the tutorial the way it is written. im not trying to be ugly. but its confusing to me. the way i read it means you didnt include the seam allowances it that right????? And your measurements are in centimeters. A huge NO NO for a beginner in my personal opinion. I teach sewing. CM is a dirty word. Still, I do not like messing with patterns where you have to figure in the seam allowance. I feel if someone is writing a pattern or tutorial they are responsible for including the seams. This is a BEGINNER project on Pellon. Beginners have no idea how to include the seam allowances, or how to draw out a pattern on true grid. Some dont even know what a seam allowance is. I think requiring someone to buy the true grid is crazy (pellon site). Its 5 bucks a yard, and its hard to write on with a regular pen. A waste of money. You should give the cutting measurements in the beginning that INCLUDE the seam allowance I think. Yes its a very good idea and cute in the pic. But when you go to make it…..well…….so Thumbs down. Ive gotta find another sewing machine caddy pattern that includes the seam allowance, and written in INCHES. Sorry.

    • Wow. How do I respond to that?
      To start with you are right this is not a beginning project and I had no idea where pellon decided to place the tutorial. For that you should take that up with Pellon. They did not contract me to write this tutorial. I am a stay at home mum that likes to sew, I am not a pattern maker. I made this tutorial near on 4 years ago now and back then I was just beginning out. My apologies if you found it confusing and personally if you read through to begin with then perhaps you should not have gone ahead and wasted your pellon. As for the use of cm, here in Australia thats how we roll, when I use other peoples ‘FREE’ tutorial patterns that use inches I just convert, difficulty zero. Did you not mention that you teach sewing.

      Good luck with your search in finding a another pattern, may I suggest that you purchase next time to ensure that problmes from ‘free’ patterns do not happen again.

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  26. Hi!
    I am just beginning to sew and thought this would be a cute pattern to learn some techniques with (I am taking a few classes) and it will also be useful for my sewing “station”.
    I have a question or two if you don’t mind?
    1. I didn’t see measurements for the binding of the base panel – I was wondering what they were?
    2. To distinguish between the two panels – how large was the space between the two rows of stitching?
    Thanks so much! I am looking forward to starting this project!

    • Hi Amy,

      Sorry for the late reply. Thankyou for your interest in the thread catcher tutorial. Now I made this tutorial about 5 years ago so I am a little rusty on the details. The binding is 1/2in but you could use any size that suits you. Then the stitching between the two panels would only be less than 1/2 an inch. I have heard from some that this is not a beginners tutorial so there may be some details that may be confusing. If in doubt try me again and hopefully I can help.
      Warm Regards

  27. This is such a good idea! It’s so refreshing to find a thread catcher that doesn’t have a pin cushion attached (for those of us who have an abundance of pin cushions :)) Thank you for sharing!

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