I decided to make my first blog post a tutorial because one of my main objectives of this blog is to give back! I have been inspired by so many amazing craft blogs and have used many patterns & tutorials from them. So I wanted to kick things off with my version of a thread catcher! I was inspired by the awesome tutorial over at The Sewing Chick. Her tutorial is for a patchwork thread catcher, but the swap I made this for limited us to using 2 fat quarters. I made my own version with some different techniques which I am going to share with you here (with permission of course!).
- One 13 x 10 in piece of fabric for the outer shell
- Note: This will be folded in half, so a directional print is not recommended or one side will be upside down
- One 14 x 10 in piece of fabric for the lining
- This will be the binding for the top edge too so again directional prints are not recommended
- One 15 x 12 in piece of foam stabilizer (I used In-R-Foam Sew In. You could use regular quilt batting as well but it would not be as rigid).
- Basting Spray (I used 505 brand. You could also pin baste if you prefer!)
- Wonder Clips
- Washable Marker
- Rotary cutter, ruler, & mat
- 1 Curious Cat (Optional)
— Tutorial! —
First, use your basting spray (or pins) to adhere your outer fabric to the foam stabilizer.
Next, draw on your quilting lines. For mine, I chose to do a diamond pattern. To do this, I lined up the 45 degree line on my ruler with the side of my outer piece making sure the line will go through the corner. I then marked this with my washable marker.
Next, I repeated this step for my top corner in the other direction.
Once I had my 2 starting lines drawn, I drew in the rest of my lines spacing them 1.5 in apart.
Here are my finished quilting lines. Now it’s time to quilt the outer panel! I used my usual sewing foot and line it up with each of my drawn lines.
I like to quilt every other line first starting on the same side. I then quilt the rest starting from the opposite side. The left picture shows my quilting after the first direction. I do this to avoid pulling the fabric & creating wrinkles which can happen if you go in the same direction for every line. The right is an example of one of my first quilted items. You can see how the fabric pulls to the side- I should have alternated sewing directions (and basted better)!
Note: If you are using a walking foot you can skip this step- I am just too lazy to put mine on for these small projects!
After you finish quilting the panel, we are going to wash out the marked quilting lines. I use a white washcloth and a cup of filtered water for this.
Here is the panel with all the marker washed out. Next, trim away the excess foam on your quilted panel.
Fold your quilted panel and inner fabric in half “hamburger style” (fold the longer side in half) and pin/clip the folded sides. I like to clip my quilted panels with wonder clips since it is thicker and pin the lining.
Sew the quilted panel with a 3/8 in seam allowance on both sides leaving the top open.
Sew the lining with a 1/2 in seam allowance on both sides leaving the top open. This will make the lining a tiny bit smaller than the outer fabric which helps the lining to lay flat.
Here are the finished inner & outer pieces.
Next, we are going to mark the bottom corners. To do this, line up the bottom fold with the 1.75in mark on your ruler. For the side, line up the 1.75in mark with your seam line (not the edge of the fabric). Do this on both corners of the outer & lining panels.
After you have your panels marked, cut out the bottom squares. I like to do this with scissors as I always seem to overshoot with my rotary cutter!
Once the squares are cut out, open up the bottom corner and center the side seam as shown. Again, I like to clip my quilted panels and pin my lining fabric. Do this for both corners on the outer and lining.
Sew the bottom corners with a 1/2 in seam allowance. As you sew, be sure to open up the seam allowance on the side seam to reduce bulk.
On the quilted panel, trim down the seam allowance at the top edges. This will reduce the bulk near the binding.
Here are the completed outer & lining panels! Now it’s time to assemble!
Turn your outer panel right side out. Place your lining (still inside out) inside the outer panel. Line up the side seams and push the lining around until it is seated inside the outer nicely.
Pin the bottom of the basket. I like to do this to make sure the lining doesn’t creep up on me when I am binding it in the next step.
To bind, start by folding the lining in half as shown.
Next, fold this over the top edge of the quilted panel and secure with a wonder clip. The raw edge of the lining is now tucked inside the binding.
Continue this process around the basket, folding & clipping as you go. It may take a little wiggling since your lining is a tiny bit smaller than the outer panel, but you should be able to get it folded over all the way around and clipped.
From here- you can choose to hand bind or machine bind. I haven’t been brave enough to try hand binding yet, so I will show you how I machine bind!
To bind on my machine, I remove the flat portion so that I can use the free arm. I use my edge stitching foot to sew on the binding.
Insert the basket under the foot. I line up the binding to the blade on my edge stitching foot. I then adjust my needle so that I will be catching about 1/8 in of the binding. I then sew all the way around the basket removing the clips as I approach each one. Then, I trim my threads and I am finished!
There you go! You now have a handy little thread catcher that can stand up on its own! You can also use this as a small bin for storing other notions or at your door for your wallet/keys!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!
Thanks for reading!!