I made this little thread catcher a couple of years ago. (Tutorial here). It is cute, makes a fun little gift for girlfriends, and is fine for hand sewing or to take to classes or on retreats. The problem is, it is too darn small for general purposes. We haven't really quarreled, but the bloom is off the rose. It is just not suitable for my needs. I have been thinking of breaking up with this thread catcher for awhile now, and when I saw a blog post by The Quilt Barn yesterday, my mind was made up. Tara linked to a tutorial created by The Sewing Chick for the perfect (for me) thread catcher.
So there you have it. Sorry little thread catcher, you have been replaced. My new thread catcher was easy to make with materials I had on hand, is cute as can be, and is big as a bucket.
That's more like it. Plenty of room not just for threads, but little snippets and any other trimmings.
I did make one change to the instructions, which called for canvas duck fabric, which I did not have on hand. The canvas is used inside the basket for stiffining. I took muslin instead and used Steam A Seam to give it more body in place of the canvas. It worked fine.
My brown corner square fabric arrived yesterday, so I am now ready to finish up the remaining four blocks of Metro Hoops and with luck, wrap that project up this weekend. Hope you all have some great plans this weekend to do just what it is that will make you happy.