Popup Thread Catcher Demo

Last month, I went to a quilt retreat and actually attended the demos, something I rarely do because inevitably I want to work on my own things more.

One of the demos focused on a popup thread catcher.

The shop never told us where they got the pattern, but I can share how I made mine. I’m sure there are tons of tutorials out there for popup thread catchers if you need more details. First off, materials:

  • A circle cut from a Pringles can approximately 1” wide
  • Two circles cut from a cereal box (these circles should just fit inside the Pringle circle)
  • Two circular pieces of fabric for the bottom of the popup, cut larger than the cereal box circles by at least 1/2”
  • A bit of packing strapping—just enough to fit inside the Pringle circle to reinforce it
  • A 9” x 10” fabric rectangle. I wanted my popup to have a top border, so I cut two rectangles 3-1/4” x 10” and sewed them to either side of a 3-1/2” x 10” rectangle

Fold the rectangle RST to form a rectangle 9” x 5”, match your border seams, and sew. Turn right side out and press.

Put the scrap of strapping inside the Pringle circle. Fold the fabric rectangle over the circle so that the fabric encloses the circle on either side. Even up the raw edges. I know this probably doesn't make sense but maybe a photo will help. See the Pringle can ring inside the folded fabric?

Push the circle tight against the top of the border and sew a running stitch just below the circle to hold it in place.

Turn one of the fabric circles wrong side up, then place a cereal box circle on top of it. Sew a running stitch around the edge of the fabric circle and gather it up around the cereal box circle. This is kind of like making a fabric yo-yo. Take a couple of stitches in place to hold the gathers. Repeat for the second fabric/cereal box circle set.

Put the two circles together, right sides out. I used my Clover Wonder Clips to hold the two circles while I sewed them together. This creates the floor of the popup thread catcher.

Hold the floor in place as you whipstitch it to the bottom of the fabric tube. I used my Clover Clips again (handy things!) to hold the floor so I could carefully whipstitch it in place.

That’s it! To pack up your thread catcher, just twist it and stuff the floor into the circle. It’ll stay in place all by itself.

To use your thread catcher, just give it a nudge and it’ll pop up on its own.

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