This is Lisa Bongean's triangular thread catcher. If you don't recognize her name, Lisa is the force behind Primitive Gatherings, one of the best quilt shops in the country. She also has a blog, so be sure to check it out.
So, last week, I was blog hopping around, and saw that Paulette of Sweet P Quilting and Creations had made one of these little things, and I thought it was adorable. In my mind, I was thinking "what a great gift this would make". Everyone needs a little container to hold their snipped threads so they don't end up as dust bunnies on the floor. This takes up no space on your sewing table, and folds flat as a pancake if you want to keep it in your On The Go sewing kit.
I started googling around to see if I could find a tutorial on how to make these, and stumbled upon Lisa's. If you click on this link, you can download the pdf instructions for yourself! Paulette used the instructions found on Needling Things to make hers.
All you need to get started is a couple of layer cake squares (or two ten inch squares of coordinating fabrics), some fusible interfacing (I used Pellon), and three cute buttons. Here is a photo journey of my experience in making one.
I printed out the instructions from Lisa's pdf, which includes a pattern for the triangles. The fabric I used was two layer cake squares of a recent Kansas Troubles collection. Lisa's version has rounded corners. I chose to make mine pointy.
Do this on all three sides of the triangle. In the photo below, I have done two of the three sides, and the third is pinned, ready to be stitched. I used a light colored thread so you could see it. In real life, I would try to match the outside fabric so the stitching would be less obvious.
I used perle cotton thread to attach these cute little "findings" to each side, for the purpose of decoration as well as securing the triangle flaps down. Just stick the needle down and up again and tie a knot to secure. It's ok if the little snipped tie ends show. In my photos the opening looks small, but trust me, it is plenty big enough for dropping your little threads and fabric snips into.
Oh, and they fold flat too, for travelling:
Check out the tutorial at Needling Things as well. I see she topstitched her edges for a nice finished look. Next time...
Thank you so much to Paulette who showed this on her blog and gave me the idea to look for a pattern!