{ Happy Sewing } … Thread Catchers

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Flight Patterns, Helen's Garden

thread catcher

One of the challenges given at our last Quilt Guild meeting was to make a thread catcher. What’s a thread catcher, you ask? (I asked the same thing). It’s a small bowl for holding all those gazillions of cut threads we accumulate on our table (or floor) while sewing. It took me a moment to warm up to the idea, but once I got going … well, I have found my new favourite thing to make.

helen's garden fabric buckets x3

I designed these little fabric bowls or buckets with a folded top edge to be able to show off two co-ordinating fabrics, in one sweet little functional item. These three all use fabrics from my Helen’s Garden collection. If one adjusted the size, just imagine all the treasures one could keep or display in these lovely bowls.

knitting supplies

favourite plant

little friends

They can, of course, be used as a taller container without folding down the top edge. This really nicely shows off a favourite pattern, like Enchanted below.

helen's garden fabric bucket enchanted

In hopes that you are as excited about making these as I am, I have been working on a pattern for a myriad of sizes that will shortly be available here. Stay tuned …


  1. alex
    March 12, 2014

    Your presentations and fabrics are amazing as usual Tamara! Love these!!

  2. CobyLyn
    March 12, 2014


  3. susan
    March 12, 2014

    please let me know when I can buy this pattern:>!!!!

  4. sue
    March 12, 2014

    Those are adorable – I would like to make some also – looking forward to the tutorial or pattern soon..

  5. Helen Serrao
    March 13, 2014

    Oh my, now I’ll need more fabric from you. These are wonderful and would make a perfect gift with a plant or some other special thing.

  6. Mo
    March 20, 2014

    I would love a rectangular version tutorial for something I can sort mail into.