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Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

 Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

When you start sewing, you'll realize that there's a lot of extra thread piling up on your sewing desk. In this post, I'll show you how to make an easy thread catcher to hold all of your discarded thread tails. This post contains a free pattern and tutorial for a thread catcher. You'll need 10 squares total, so that leaves you with 32 extras squares from this charm pack, which consists of Victorian textile designer William Morris' designs.

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Materials used:

How to Make a Thread Catcher

First, pick the five designs you want for the outside and the lining of the thread catcher. You can mix and match if you'd like, but I chose five of the same pattern for each part.

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Next, cut some interfacing approximately 4 3/4" x 4 3/4." Your squares are 5x5, and it's easier to sew 1/4" seams if you don't have to sew through the interfacing, too. Sew each of the side squares to the center square like so:

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Next, sew each of the outside squares to each other.

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Sew your lining squares together in the same way, so that you have two identical pieces. Right sides together, sew around the top, leaving an opening of about 1 1/2" (see the blue lines I made to mark this opening).

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Now turn your piece right side out through that opening.

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Push the lining into the outside casing to create your thread catcher.

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

Stitch around the top to close the open section.

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

I thought it needed a little more reinforcement at the top, so I added some black bias tape to my thread catcher.

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

The Finished Thread Catcher

And that's it! Enjoy your new thread catcher!

Sewing Tutorial: Thread Catcher Basket Free Pattern

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