Thread Catcher


Do all quilters have little piles of thread all over the house? I know I do! There are some by my sewing table, some on the couch arm, and, unfortunately, way too many wrapped around my vacuum cleaner!

I made this easily portable thread catcher to use as a little nest for all the bits of thread. I keep it next to my sewing machine when I’m working there and then bring it with me when I’m doing handwork. It keeps all those little pieces of thread nice and tidy!

This project finishes at 6″ square.



1 10″ square of fabric (you can use a single square from a Layer Cake or a piece of a fat quarter)

One 5 3/4″” piece of Timtex or heavy weight interfacing

One 5 3/4″ piece of fusible web

Two 1 3/4″ squares of fusible web

Four 1 1/2″ by 3/4″ pieces of fusible web

One  5 1/2″ square of batting





Fuse the 5 3/4″ piece of fusible web to the Timtex. Center the piece of Timtex on the fabric square. You should have 2 1/8 inches of fabric on each side of the Timtex. Press, fusing the fabric, webbing, and Timtex.


Fold each corner so that the corner of the fabric is about 1/8″ away from the corner of the Timtex.


Fold the corner of the fabric again so the fabric overlaps the Timtex. An equal bit of fabric should hang over each edge. The bottom of the fold should be about 1/8″ from the corner of the Timtex.


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Cut the two 1 3/4″ squares of fusible web diagonally so you have four triangles.


Fuse the triangles to the corners, on top of the folded fabric.


Take the four 1 1/2″ by 3/4″ pieces of fusible web and place them against the raw edge of the fabric.


Remove the paper from the fusible web. Fold the fabric over. The raw edge should be about 1/8″ from the edge of the Timtex. Press to fuse.


Remove the fusible web from the corners. Fold the fabric over so that the edges of the folded fabric meet. Press well.


Ease the piece of batting underneath the fabric. When the batting becomes worn out, remove and place a new square 5 1/2″ square of batting.




This thread catcher finishes at about 6″ square.


Enjoy using your new thread catcher! May your tables, rugs and furniture be free of thread piles!

Christine Weld


10 comments on “Thread Catcher

  1. loosecannon2 says:

    Thank You ever so much for this “timely tutorial” as I was told today that I must find a way to keep the longer threads from winding around the brush roller on the Dyson. In fact, this is on my ‘to do list” for First Thing in the morning. Thank You again Christine.

  2. cruisefan says:

    Nice idea for “messy sewers”… ;-))

    Infact, I do not have that problem of thread piles (no idea why, honestly – and I sew a lot!)
    but I do see the need for some people – therefore …good idea!

  3. Janet says:

    I liked the thread catcher pattern BUT I really appreciated the information on the simple way to miter corners. That little bonus will help me on a multitude of projects. THANK YOU!

  4. Marta says:

    Definately need one . My family will appreciate. Is Heat and Bond a fusible web? I have it in light weight and a heavier weight.

  5. Saundra Weed says:

    If your really lazy……just stick a rolled up ball of left over batting in a short plastic container (marg. tub) When it is full of thread, throw out the whole clump and replace with more left over batting. In case of emergency just use a wade of batting. A wade of batting is also great for de- fuzzing your cutting mat!

  6. Wright Az says:

    what is a timtex substitute

    • Christine Weld says:

      You can use heavyweight interfacing instead of the Timtex. You may want to double the interfacing, depending on how stiff you would like the thread catcher to be. Happy sewing!

  7. What a great idea. When I have on the rubber tipped quilting gloves, I find it hard to get rid of the thread I have cut. I’m making one asap. A trick I read about for getting those long threads off the floor before vacuuming, Buy a toilet brush and use it as a “broom” on the threads. No more cleaning the roller on the vacuum.

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