Pin Cushion Thread Catcher Pattern

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Pin Cushion Thread Catcher Pattern

Keep your pins neat and thread and scraps off the floor with this basic Pin Cushion Thread Catcher. Dress up the shop with a pop of color in this functional accessory.

thread catcher



sand ( I used the kind from the craft store)

18″ of boning 1/4″ wide or 1/2″ wide ( typically used in corsets or dresses)

scrap of vinyl 3″x4″ rectangle (optional keeps fabric of pin cushion from sliding)


1/2 yard of cotton fabric, or 2 fat quarters

pattern thread catcher




sewing machine


Cut 4 of  bag on fold

Cut 2 strap

Cut 2 pin cushion

Cut a 3″x4″ piece of vinyl

There is no pattern piece for this because you can not pin vinyl without leaving holes. Draw the measurements on the back and then cut it out.

Place the vinyl in the center of one the pin cushion pieces.

Again don’t pin it to avoid holes

Use a long straight stitch . It will probable distort as you sew it . If you have a teflon foot you can try that. It’s on the bottom and will not be seen try not to worry about it too much.

place vinyl

vinyl attached

Mine curled up a bit.

pin sides strap

Take the 2 strap pieces and pin them right sides together. Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance on each long side.

press strap

Turn right side out and press.


It should look like this.

place strap

Pin to the bottom of the pin cushion in the center of a long side. If you have a directional print be careful which way you pin it on or the print may be up side down. Fold the strap towards the center so you don’t catch it in the seam.

pinned cushion

Pin the other pin cushion piece on top with right sides together.

sewn cushion

Sew leaving just a few inches open at one of the short ends to turn.

pin to strap

Turn right side out.

pin bags

Pin the right sides together for the bag .

sewn bag

Sew the left right and bottom together with 1/2″ seam.

Leave the top and the corner sections alone for now.

The inside lining pieces leave an opening at the bottom for turning.


To make the corners pull the bottom seam to match the side seam , this should form a straight line.

sew corners

Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Make sure you start at the very end and sew all the way to the other end.


The bag will look like this.

liner open bottom

Bottom view of liner.

bag bottom

Bottom of outer bag.

body and pin cushion

Pin the strap to the bag on the outside in the center. Be sure to only pin through 1 layer. Bast in place.

pion right sides

Put the inside of the bag facing right side out , to the inside of the liner that is inside out.

pin right side

Match seams and pin together. Sew with 1/2″ seam allowance.


Turn right-side out through opening in the lining.


This is what it will look like.


Push the lining to the inside and press the bag.

top chanel

Top-stitch down between 1/2″ and 3/4″  depending on the size of your boning.

sew bottom

while you are at the machine sew the opening in the lining closed. Stitch close to the edge.

seam rip

At the side seam open a small opening just above the top-stitching.

feed boning

Feed the boning through the opening. It is a little tough at the seam but keep working it, eventually it will get through. It make be necessary to open the other side to get it through.

done feeding

This is what it looks like when done.

sew boning

Stitch the opening closed just down to the top-stitching.

about done

Ready to fill the pin cushion.

pore sand

Pore in the sand.


Leave enough room so you can sew it shut.

sew shut

Pin closed and try to not let any sand out. I can’t imagine it would be good for the machine.

thread catcher view

Ready to use!

Pin Cushion Thread Catcher Pattern