How to Sew a Jester Hat Thread Catcher

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How to Sew a Jester Hat Thread Catcher
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This project is a great way to create a thread catcher with more than one opening. It is also a wonderful way to use up all your extra bits of fabric from other sewing projects.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut eight panels of fabric that are 2 1/2-by-7-inch rectangles. You can use all the same fabric or use a different fabric for each rectangle for a more moiety look.

  2. 2

    Stitch a seam along one of the small edges on all 8 panels. Make sure to have at least 1/4-inch seam. Iron the new seams flat.

  3. 3

    Take 2 of the panels and pin them together with the right sides facing. Sew down both of the long sides. This will create a long tube.

  4. 4

    Repeat step 3 for the other 6 panels of fabric. You will end up with 4 tubes.

  5. 5

    Iron the seams flat. First iron each tube flat so that the seam is in the middle of the flattened tube. The refold the tube so that the seams are at the sides and re iron it. This will make sure that the seams are flat and there are no creases in the fabric.

  6. 6

    Fold the bottom of each tube inward so that the raw edges of the fabric don't show. Iron the fabric in place.

  7. 7

    Flatten the 4 tubes out so that the seams are in the middle of the flattened rectangle.

  8. 8

    Lay the tubes out so that they form a pinwheel. Make sure that the raw edges are at the center and the seamed ones are at the edges of the pinwheel. The raw edge of each tube should line up with bottom portion of a tube.

  9. 9

    Pin the tubes in the pinwheel shape and use a wide zig-zag stitch to attach the bottom of the tubes to the sides of the tube next to it. This will both attach the tubes to each other and seal the bottoms of each one.

  10. 10

    Pull the 4 connected tubes upwards so that they are all vertical.

  11. 11

    Pin the sides of the tubes together and use a small seam to attach each one to the other. You now have the thread catcher with 4 openings.

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