Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hope you don't mind...

...one more project with these scraps!  I just love the bright, happy feel of this combination.  Here we go.


This is the beginning of a pincushion/pocket/thread catcher thingy!


Unfortunately, I didn't take many progress photos.  Sorry!  The squares are 2 1/2x2 1/2.  The thread catcher takes 21 squares all together.  3 rows of 7.  Quilt as you'd like and sew side and bottom seam.
Trim off remaining batting from the sides.  Cut lining fabric the same size.  Sew side/bottom, leaving an opening for turning.


Here you see the two straps pined 3 in apart to the outside of the thread catcher.  If you are just wanting the tread catcher, you'd leave the straps out and just put right sides together and sew the top closed.  (The straps are 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)


Turn them right sides out.  Sew turning opening closed.  I top stitched about a 1/4 in. down from the top seam.  Now, time to make the pin cushion.  I cut 2 pieces of fabric 4 1/2x6 1/2.  I used light weight fusible for the bottom, and just quilted the top with some batting.  Feed the straps (3 in apart)through and sew around the whole thing, leaving a turning hole 3 3/4 long. (make sure not to catch the straps in the seam!)  Trim your corners, then turn right sides out.  I then made the pocket.  This is a great time to use an orphan block, or make a new one to match!  My pocket front is 6x3 1/2 finished, and the back is 6x6 finished.  You can make your dimensions any size you'd like, your imagination is the only thing stopping you!  I had to close the openings left in the cushion and pocket by hand.  The cushion is filled with crushed walnut shells for weight.





So there you go!  I hope that you enjoyed this little tut.  Think of all of your friends that do handwork in front of the TV.  This makes a fast and easy gift!

Thank you Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for hosting the Let's BEE Social linky party!  Join us to meet new quilty friends!!

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation with Kelly as our host.

23 comments:

Jasmine said...

I have something like this that my mom gave me that sits next to my sewing machine, but it doesn't have the extra pocket. This is such a good idea. I am always picking up threads off the sofa and looking for my scissors. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Lizzie said...

Your excellent tutorial makes this great idea an easy peasy stitching project!! I love these fabrics....almost as lovely as the one you gifted me.....but not quite!! ;)

Patchwork and Play said...

I like the addition of the scissors pocket- great thinking! And such pretty fabrics you have used!

sew.darn.quilt said...

Love the colours and the catcher!
I definitely need to make myself one of these. I love the addition of the scissors pocket since I constantly misplace my scissors! Thank you for the tutorial, I have some mini charm packs that might just work perfectly for this.

Stephanie said...

The colors are fabulous! Everything about this is adorable :) Have a lovely day!

Deborah said...

I love how you use scraps!! So creative!

Rachel said...

Definitely something to consider. I'm sure the poor arm of my chair would appreciate something *else* for me to stick my pins into. Love the colors!

Lorna McMahon said...

Again with those fabulous red and aquas - I love it! What a great gift idea. I had to laugh at the title you gave this project because I would have said thingy, too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Easy to follow and lots of great pics!

Lisa @ Midwest Made said...

I would have never thought of those colors together, but I love them! I also like your pincushion-thread catcher as I was just balancing a pile of threads on the arm of a chair two nights ago thinking I needed something for them or I would swipe them all on the floor by accident. Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

I like those fabrics together and I think your thread catcher is just great! I have a cat that likes to beat up my thread catcher so I don't leaeve it out anymore. Not sure what the issue is but she knocks it off every single time!

Jen Ham said...

So creative and just lovely! xoxo Jen

simplestitches said...

very pretty!

Tina said...

I love this! Would be perfect for my sofa while knitting, too!
Tina

Dee said...

How very fun! Love the colors and they are happy scraps! Well done!

nerospost said...

Hi! These are beautiful! I love scrappy projects and I'm happy to see some same Fabrics that i have. x Teje

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

way to maximize those precious scraps. love those colors!!

Thanks so much for linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I have a thread catcher by my machine, but I have been thinking I need one for the couch where I perch to do my handwork. I like your colors and design, so I might steal your idea. I am visiting from NTT. Thank you for sharing!

creativeinstincts said...

this is such a lovely project to try for those that love to sew by hand.

leena

Paula Hughes said...

Love it! I like the pocket the most. Very useful addition. Great fabric picks. I am loving this combo.

Janine said...

Gorgeous! Such cheerful colours :)

Mara said...

This is really adorable, love the Fabrics you used.

Kris said...

That is cute. I have something that is half like that. It sits on my ironing board end. I like this with the extra pocket. Thanks for sharing.

Valerie Reynolds said...

'"ve really been liking turquoise and red together too!!! (My husband would love if I made of this handy dandy couch supply collector...hahaha...what needles in the couch arms? me???)

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