|pin cushion thread catcher|
1 Fat Quarter for Thread Caddy
1 Fat Quarter for Pin Cushion
1-2 cups Play Sand or Crushed Walnut Shells
19"-20" Package Strapping
Non-Slip Shelf Liner
Thread Catcher Fabric - cut 2 - 9"x18" pieces
Pin Cushion Fabric - cut 2 - 6"x8" pieces, cut 1 - 4"x7" piece for straps
Non-Slip Shelf Liner - cut 1 - 3.5"x6" piece
USE 1/4" SEAMS!
Fold 4"x7" strap fabric, right sides together, and stitch on the 7" side.
|stitch along the 7" side|
Cut strap in half, creating two 3.5" straps. Lay aside.
|cut in half|
Layer lining fabric to wrong side of the pin cushion fabric (I use the same color fabric for both parts).
|lining fabric against wrong side of pin cushion fabric|
Place shelf liner along one 6" end of pin cushion fabric. Place both straps, seam side against top of shelf liner, about 1" from the edges, and baste.
|pin shelf liner & straps (seams against shelf liner)|
|baste along edge (less than 1/4")|
Pin shelf liner to fabric in several places, since the shelf liner will want to 'walk' with your sewing foot. *(You can also put a piece of paper over the shelf liner, making sure to tear it off after you have stitched the end. The paper will only tear easily if you straight stitch, not zig zag). **Make your stitch length small so that the paper tears away easily.
|pin well, since the shelf liner 'grabs' your sewing foot|
|stitch close to edge of shelf liner|
|**you can use paper along the edge, so that the shelf liner doesn't 'grip' your sewing foot|
Sew all three sides, leaving a 3" opening along one 4" side. This is where you will place the sand at the very end of constructing your project.
|leave a 3" opening on the side|
|top of finished pin cushion|
|bottom of pin cushion|
Fold one 9"x18" piece of bag fabric, right sides together, and stitch along the 9" side, creating a tube.
|stitch along 9" side|
|seam centered along the back|
|sew along bottom edge|
|bring bottom up to the side seam|
|measure 1.5" from the point, mark the line to stitch|
|stitch along line|
|trim to 1/4"|
|bottom of bag with boxed ends|
|turn right side out.|
|leave 4" opening in center of seam|
Pin right sides of straps to right side of lining, along the back. Baste.
|right side of straps against right side of lining (piece with open seam)|
|baste (less than 1/4" from edge)|
|pin right sides together, lining up seams|
|insert strapping thru unstitched seam|
Pin strapping WELL!
|pin well before sewing|
|stitch close to strapping|
Fill pin cushion with sand. Sew the opening closed by hand, using small stitches.
*I find it easier to fill if I use a funnel.
You've finished your pin cushion thread catcher. Enjoy!
|finished pin cushion thread catcher|
**I use a straight stitch machine. I have a 1/4" foot for my machine.
|regular foot, and 1/4" foot|