I decided that I needed a thread catcher to eliminate the growing pile of thread snippits on the table just to the right of the sewing machine. I have seen many different types of thread catchers and formed an idea of how to make it so that it would hang just off the table where it would be handy to catch the threads. It needed some weight to keep it from falling off the table, so I made a little fabric pocket to hold a 4″ bathroom tile. That is heavy enough to keep the thread catcher and also serves as a nice place to put a glass of water or cup of tea.
I have a few yards of a tanish fabric with little sewing pictures on it: thread and needles, sewing machines, scissors, etc. That seemed perfect for this project. Near that fabric I noticed another fabric that had similar coloring but is an uneven faux hand-dyed stripe. They looked to me like they might just go together. And there is enough of both of them to make other sewing room items as time allows.
So, I made it. I also made a new coaster to match and put that on top of the pocket with the tile in it, although I am sure the pocket would be fine on it’s own.
Once that was done, I realized I also needed a new sewing machine mat to match the thread catcher. So I fiddled with measurements and looked over the sewing-machine-mat pattern I had from one of the guild member-teacher classes and made a new mat. I even made a little pin cushion that sticks to the mat with hook-and-loop tape. Here is a picture of the set:
Here is a close-up of the mat:
Finally, I decided to make a tiny little wall hanging to go just to the right of the door on which to display the quilting and other pins I have collected. I used the sewing fabric and some off-white muslin to make a set of small nine-patches, sewed them in a strip and bordered them with the stripy fabric. I used a heavy interfacing to keep it steady under the weight of all the pins, did a little quick quilting, and used the muslin for the binding. Here is a picture of it pinned to the design wall before I put any pins on it:
I will post a picture of it in place as soon as I dig out all my little pins and get them on it. I think I have enough fabric to make a couple chair covers to match these items, but I have to think about that a while before I attempt it. For now, I am going back to working in the red duvet wall hanging quilt. It is very nice to work in such a co-ordinated room.