I have been wanting to make my own pincushion and thread catcher bag for a while now. My mom gave me one awhile back but I have seem to have lost it in moving. The patterns I saw online just weren't what I wanted so it was time to come up with my own.
I used the pattern posted at Sew Mama Sew! as my starting point. It wasn't exactly what I wanted but it was close. I didn't need the organizer part nor that large of a pincushion. I did like how the bag was removable however. On the other hand, I wanted the "cuff" of the bag to be on the outside so it would make it easier to empty the bag. I didn't want threads getting caught under the "lip" of the fabric.
With some modifications, here is what I came up with.
So how did I make this pincushion with thread catcher bag? Easy-peasy! You will need the following materials:
Thread Catcher Bag
1 each 9" x 14" piece for bag exterior
1 each 9" x 14" piece for bag lining
2 each 2-1/2" x 9" pieces for bag cuff
2 each 2-1/2" x 9" pieces of fusible interfacing
1 each 1" button
1 each 6" small dowel or Popsicle stick.
1 each 5" x 5" piece for top
1 each 5" x 5" piece for bottom
1 each 4" x 4" piece non-skid shelf liner
1 piece 1-1/2" x 7" piece for bag loop
1 piece 1-1/2 x 7" piece of fusible interfacing
You will also need a disappearing ink marker and matching thread.
* Uncooked rice, beans, an old door hinge...anything heavy enough to keep your pincushion on the table. You'll be surprised at what we came up with!
All seams are done using 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.
Thread catcher Bag
Repeat for the bag lining
piece EXCEPT sew using a 5/8" seam allowance.
Repeat again for the bag lining.
With right sides together, sew short sides together at both ends to create a loop. Press seams open.
Turn up one edge of the loop 1/2" and press.
Turn cuff to the outside of the bag. Press.
Insert dowel or Popsicle stick to stiffen the back edge of the bag. Sew gap closed.
Sew button on inside back of the bag.
Thread catcher bag can be used on its own or with the pincushion.
Topstitch close to both edges of folded loop.
Clip all four corners.
Now you need to decide on how you will weight your pincushion. If using rice or beans, sew up a small bag to fit inside the pincushion.
I was able to flex the cardboard slightly and then slide it into the pincushion bag.
Then I stuffed it with my polyester fiberfill.
Voila! You have a pincushion with a removable thread catcher bag.