Thread catcher basket free pattern

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Introducing the Bigger Thread Catcher Basket

Six years ago on this day, I posted a free tutorial for a cute little fabric basket and not so originally called it the Thread Catcher Basket. Since then, I have seen you all makes dozens, dare I say hundreds of your own baskets and post them to Instagram. Each time, it did my heart good to see what was created using an idea and an effort that I floated out into the universe. I am especially delighted to see how many have been lovingly made and gifted to friends and shared in swaps!

To celebrate the anniversary of the original post, I have made a new, larger version and want to share the instructions with you today! I am still no good with names, so this one is simply being called the Scrap Catcher Basket.


The process for sewing it together is the same as the original basket. You can go directly to that post by clicking here. It is advisable to read through all the directions first and make note of where there are changes to make the larger basket. I am also editing the original post to include these instructions at the end so you don&#;t have to go back and forth between the two posts. The changes are in the sizes of the pieces of fabric and batting to cut as well as the patchwork and binding, and also in the placement of marked lines and size of the boxed corner cut outs.

I am excited for you to make the thread catcher basket&#;s big sister, it&#;s a versatile size and they look great together as a set!

SUPPLIES for Scrap Catcher Basket:

main fabric, 13&#; x 18&#;
lining fabric 13&#; x 18 3/4&#;
12 scraps for patchwork
binding fabric, ″ x 25&#;
duck canvas 13&#; x 20&#;
quilt batting 12&#; x 19&#;

Cutting Directions:

  • cut the duck canvas in half so there are two pieces 10&#; x 13&#;
  • cut the 13&#; wide main fabric into 4 pieces: 2 that are 13&#; x 5 1/4&#; and 2 that are 13&#; x 2&#;
  • cut 8 patchwork scraps that are 2 1/2&#; x 3 1/2&#;
  • cut 4 patchwork scraps that are 2 3/4&#; x 3 1/2&#; these will be the beginnings and ends of the patchwork rows and accommodate a 1/2&#; side seam allowance.
  • cut the quilt batting in half so there are two pieces 9 1/2&#; x 12&#;

Altered sewing directions:

  • Draw the reference lines for the placement of the patches across the width of the duck canvas/quilt batting at 1 1/2 &#; below the top edge and a second line 3 1/2&#; below the first one.
  • There are 6 patches on each side of the basket. Begin with a 2 3/4&#; wide piece, then add four 2 1/2&#; wide pieces and finish with a 2 3/4&#; wide. Repeat for the other side.
  • After the patches are sewn, sew a 2&#; x 13&#; piece of the main fabric to the top edge of the patchwork, right sides together.
  • Then sew a 5 1/4&#; piece of the main fabric to the bottom edge of the patchwork, right sides together.
  • The square cut outs for the boxed corners are 3 1/4&#; on the basket body and for the lining, measure 3 1/4&#; from the side edge and 2 3/4&#; from the bottom edge. As the bottom edge of the lining has no seam, the 1/2&#; seam allowance has been removed.
  • Due to the larger size of the patches, I quilted an &#;X&#; in each one from corner to corner. This is optional, but I think it looks nice.

Thank you for reading and happy sewing,



Good morning! I hope you are all ready for a home economics lesson today because I’m sharing a tutorial for an easy thread catcher. My girls each made one for their new sewing machines and I made one too!

So what is a thread catcher?

It’s basically a super cute trash can with a weighted pin cushion on top. These hang nicely by your sewing machine and come in very  handy when it comes to keeping little pieces of thread, fabric contained. Plus you can quickly access your pins while sewing too. And who doesn’t need a cute little trashcan in their sewing room?

This post got a tad long, but I wanted to give you as many details as I could. By the way, this is a great project for younger sewers! My girls (9 and 11) each made their own bags. I did cut the fabric for them, but they did the rest all on their own.

Sound like fun? Let’s get started!


&#;> Download a FREE printable pattern for the Thread Catcher <&#;


    • Pins
    • Rotary cutter
    • Scissors
    • mat and ruler
    • sewing machine (Or a needle and thread but who has time for that?)
    • Fabric (Fat quarters work nicely, but you’ll need 1- ”x11” of the outside fabric, and 1 full Fat Quarter or 18”x 22” piece of the lining fabric.)
    • 1/2” x 18” of any type of stabilizer for the top edge of the bag. I used a cotton belting similar to this one from JoAnn’s, but you can use plastic or anything else you have on hand that will give it some stability.
    • Rice, sand, or crushed walnut shells for pillow filling (walnut shells can be purchased at the pet store, they are used for lizard cage bedding.)

All seems are sewn at 1/4” unless otherwise indicated.


Cutting Instructions:

From your outside fabric cut:

    • 1 &#; ”x 10” strap piece
    • 1 – ” x 10” pillow piece
    • 1 – ” x ” bag outside piece

From your inside lining fabric cut:

    • 1 – ” x 11” bag lining piece


The Strap:

The first step is to create the strap that holds the pin cushion to the bag. To do this simply fold the strap piece in half length wise with the right sides together, so your piece measures ” x 5”. Sew down both sides using a 1/4” seam. Make sure to leave one end open.

Turn the strap right sides out and push out the corners with a pencil, or your scissor tip. Just be careful not to cut your fabric!


The Pillow:

Next lay the strap you just created on the piece of pillow fabric as shown below. Fold the pillow fabric right sides together in half so it measures ”x 5”.

Adjust the strap so it’s centered on the pillow. Pin all of the layers together. Stitch down both sides, and about a 1/2” in on each end, but make sure to leave an opening in the end so you can turn your pillow right sides out and fill!

When stitching, make sure to catch your strap in the bottom seam (shown below), but fold down your strap so you do NOT stitch your strap in the top seam.


Turn your pillow right side out. It should look like this…


Take a quick minute to press your pillow and strap. We also tucked the pillow opening seam in to make sewing it up a little easier.


If you’d like, do a 1/4” top stitch around the outside of the pillow edge to give it a more finished look. This is a picture of my daughter&#;s project, I forgot to top stitch my pillow Sad smile Again, make sure to leave one end open to fill!


Next fill your pillow with either rice, sand, or crushed walnut shells.


Then tuck in your edges and top stitch to close the seam. This is much less noticeable if you top stitch like I did in my daughter’s project shown above. Set your completed pillow and strap aside.


The Bag:

Next pin your lining and outside bag fabric right sides together along the ” sides and pin. Sew together with 1/4” seam.


Press your seam open so that you have a nice edge.


Next turn your project sideways and fold in half like shown below. Pin along the edge and add in the stabilizer for the bag rim so it goes all the way around the project as well. Line it up so it’s just along the seam of the inside lining as shown below and pin in place.


Stitch around all three sides as shown below, making sure to catch the stabilizer in your seam. Trim the stabilizer off even with your bag fabric when done sewing. Make sure to leave about 3” at one end open so you can turn the bag.


Next fold your ends like shown below.


Mark about ” up from each corner tip and sew along your line. This will create a box look on the bottom of your bag. Do this on both tips of your outside and lining fabric.


After you’ve sewn along your line, trim off any excess fabric like below.


Your bag should now be looking like this…


Next turn your bag right side out and stitch up the end seam to finish it off.


Tuck your inside lining down into your bag so it should look something like this, with about an inch of your inside lining showing along the top edge.


Next run a quick top stitch around the edge just to keep the lining and stabilizer strip in place.


The Big Finale:

Adding your strap to your bag is the last step in completing your project! Place your strap along the center backside of your project about ” down and pin in place.


Just make sure you only pin it to one side of your bag, and not both sides or your bag won’t open when you’re done!


I just stitched a square around the strap and then an “X” inside to make it a little bit more secure.


And that’s it! This project took us about an hour and turned out really cute!

Now go and make some more because they’re fun!


Oh and don’t forget to get some fun pins to add to your cushion. No sewer is complete without a cute set of pins.


Then it’s time to put your new bag to use! Any small scraps, threads, bits, and bobs can go in here.



&#;> Download a FREE printable pattern for the Thread Catcher <&#;

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and happy sewing!

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Free Thread Catcher Tutorial

We snip, clip, trim, and then what? Where do all those bits and strings land? The best way to keep your surface clear of debris is to have a handy disposal spot.

Free Thread Catcher Tutorial with pin cushion | Sewing with Scraps

We love this thread catcher tutorial, because it keeps a disposal point right at hand as well as providing a pin cushion. Of course, we need both!!

Thread Catcher Details:

  • Easy to make/Perfect for Beginners
  • Includes pincushion
  • Clean finished with lining

Supplies Needed to Complete:

  • Fabric (Fat quarters work nicely, but you’ll need 1- ”x11” of the outside fabric, and 1 full Fat Quarter or 18”x 22” piece of the lining fabric.)
  • 1/2” x 18” of any type of stabilizer for the top edge of the bag.
  • Rice, sand, or crushed walnut shells for pillow filling
  • Rotary cutter & self-healing mat
  • Thread to match
  • Iron
  • Basic Sewing Supplies

A thread catcher works best for stashing something very light weight, but could work for more than just bits of trash. Binder clips, extra bobbins, and seam gauges are a few ideas to keep close at hand with these hanging bins.

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Thread Catcher Basket FREE sewing tutorial.

At just 4 1/2″ square and 5″ high, this basket is small but mighty! It is the perfect size for catching your loose threads as you sew, and the duck canvas underlining makes it super sturdy for all kinds of uses – store small supplies, notions or my favorite, chocolate!!

Perfect for using up smaller pieces and scraps of colorful fabrics, this basket won&#;t look out of place next to your sewing machine, or indeed in any room of the house!

Make one in colors to match your bathroom decor to hold face cloths. Or in colors to match your guest bedroom for a pretty amenities basket for any overnight visitors.

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