an open eye

“buttons that have forgotten they’re buttons”

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Old school, isn’t it?

I was very industrious this past weekend, and Sunday was for sewing. I fixed half of the t-shirt quilt (that I had screwed up the week before) and was in the middle of a long seam for the binding when — whoooops! — out went the bobbin thread.

Nothing I did worked. Nothing. I even got out the instruction manual, which instructed me to do exactly what I was doing. Frustrating! I’ll figure it out, but in the meantime … it’s time to fix some minor problems.

 I generated a lot of thread snips — and the cat loves to eat thread — and I remembered.

 My mother had an old (old) plastic container that she kept in the cabinet of the sewing machine, and tossed all the scraps and snips inside. I think hers was from coleslaw, or something? Maybe 1960’s coleslaw? It was very old when I was a child. I’m sure she’d still be using it now if her machine worked.

I am far far too classy to use an old coleslaw (?) container — clearly! — so this is a good solution both for the thread snips and the pins that roll about underfoot and embed themselves in ones flesh …

And it uses a sliver of fabric  from Crystal, quilter extraordinaire.

Marvelous!

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Written by jane

February 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

Posted in crafts.

6 Responses

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  1. That is some awesome material!

    Jenny

    February 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

    • What did you stuff the top with? It looks so perfectly even-ly stuffed!

      Jenny

      February 12, 2012 at 12:24 am

      • I am pretty great! :)
        It’s stuffed with quilt batting – that polyester fiberfill type stuff – nothing good. I packed in a LOT.

        jane

        February 12, 2012 at 4:49 am

  2. Our girl cat wants to eat thread and fabric scraps too. I’ve been trying really hard to put every thread and scrap into a plastic bin with a lid. I’m saving them to use for stuffing things. Like, the front door is drafty and I want to make one of those draft guards.

    Your container is much cuter than mine, though! I recognized that fabric right away.

    Crystal

    February 14, 2012 at 1:03 am

    • I love that fabric!! I still have just enough to make it into a quilt patch … which is great! It’s been hard to find just the right projects for it.

      Cats and their need to eat everything! What is up with that?

      jane

      February 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

    • I love that fabric!! I still have just enough to make it into a quilt patch … which is great! It’s been hard to find just the right projects for it.

      Cats and their need to eat everything! What is up with that?

      jane

      February 14, 2012 at 9:22 am


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