Hello everyone and welcome back!! Karrie here today from Freckled Whimsy to bring you a Sizzix Tutorial for something we all need. Even if you don't sew to use this as a thread catcher, it would make a great little storage basket or gift bag! What would be cuter than filling it with Bath and Body goodies, wrapping it with cellophane and tying it with a bow?
Let me show you how to make this little cutie. Oh and it's super simple!!
I used some scraps I had from Cotton & Steel and the Sizzix Bigz Die Rectangle 2" x 4" and my oh so cute Fabi machine!! Once you have decided on what scraps to use layer a Standard Cutting Pad, the rectangle die with the cutting side up, the fabric (up to 8 layers), and then another Standard Cutting Pad. You need a total of 25 rectangles cut out.
Lay out the rectangles so there are 5 rows of 5. However, on rows 2 and 4, you will need to offset the rectangles like bricks on a building. There will be edges that hang over on both sides. This is ok.
Sew all the rows together and press the seams to one side. Lay out the strips in the order you like then on rows 1, 3, and 5 cut 2" from the right edge. On rows 2 and 4 cut 2" off of the left side. This will allow both the right and left edges to now be even. Sew the rows together. Press seams to one side.
Depending on how sturdy you want your catcher to be, you may want to add some stabilizer here. I used Pellon 911FF cut to the size of my piece (18.5" x 10.5") and ironed it on the wrong side of this piece using the manufacturers directions. You can use whatever you like or none at all.
Next lay down a piece of batting that is about 1" larger than your piece on all edges. Quilt as desired and then trim edges even to the fabric.
Fold the piece in half so the short edges align, right sides together. Sew 1/4" seam. Press the seam open and rotate the seam to the center of the catcher. Sew 1/4" edge at the bottom.
Next we need to box the corners. Fold the corners onto themselves so it lays flat and creates a triangle. Be sure to keep the seam in the center. Lay a ruler down so the 45 degree line runs along the edge and the point of the triangles falls on the 1.5" mark.
Draw a line to mark the sewing line.
Trim the corner 1/4" away from the drawn/sewn line. Repeat for the other corner.
Turn the catcher right sides out and admire how cute it is already!
To make the inside lining, cut a piece of lining fabric that will match the outside to the size of 18.5" x 11.5". Repeat the process that we did for the outside by putting right sides together, sew the short sides together, press seam open, move seam to the center, and sew 1/4" edge at the bottom. Then box the corners just the same. This piece will be taller than the outside piece.
Fold the top of the lining down 1/2" to the outside. Press well. Fold this on itself at 1/2" again and press.
Open the last fold and insert the lining into the outer bag, pushing the corners down to match and smooth out the inside.
Place the lining on the inside of the catcher, pushing the corners down into the other corners and smoothing out the inside. The lining should overhang about 1/2".
Fold this edge of the lining over the raw edge of the outer bag and sew 1/8" seam all the way around. Voila! You now have a thread catcher!
You can leave it just as it is, or you can fold down the edge to make it a bit shorter too!
That is all there is to it! Easy peasy!
Time to go make a few more, or twelve..heheehee!!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you make a thread catcher, I'd love to see what fabrics you used!
Other Supplies Used:
- Fabric scraps
- 1 FQ for lining fabric
- 19.5" x 11.5" Batting
- 18.5" x 10.5" Pellon 911FF or your choice (optional)