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Thimbles & Thread Organizer
Thimbles & Thread Organizer

Created by: Tammy

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As host of Thimbles & Threads, a new Janome-sponsored television show broadcast across Canada, Tammy was inspired to create this colorful sewing room organizer. The quilted bag is a catch-all for loose "threads" and the fabric-covered magnet holds "thimbles" and pins in a whimsical manner. There's even a pocket for your embroidery scissors!

"It's a fast and fun project to brighten up your sewing room," says Tammy. "It features quilting stitches on the Memory Craft 6500 Professional - one of the Janome machines we use on the T.V. show." This project is great as a gift idea or as a Janome Club project.

Janome Supplies Required:

  • Memory Craft 6500 Professional
  • MyLock 644D
  • Zig-zag Foot A
  • Satin Stitch Foot F
  • Button Sewing foot T
  • 1/4 inch Seam Foot O
  • Open Toe Basting/Darning foot P2
  • Ditch Quilting Foot
  • Zipper Foot E
  • Janome Embroidery thread for satin stitches - color of choice
  • Janome Embroidery thread (J360 - 4 spools) to match lining
  • Blue Tip needle 75/11
  • Topstitch Needle Size 14 for the satin stitch

Fabric and Notions Required:

  • 2 fat quarters of quilter's cotton fabric
  • One 6" square of Timtex (TM)
  • Two 6" squares of Pellon's(TM) Wonder-Under Transfer Web
  • 3" Velcro(TM) hook and loop
  • Silica filled sandbag (for pin cushion)
  • 16" length of plastic tubing (3/16-inches diameter from hardware store)
  • 3 1/2" Magnetic strip with adhesive backing (from craft store)
  • 7" x 16" piece of quilt batting
  • Decorative buttons
  • Glue and hot glue gun
  • Monofilament polyester thread (for hand-look quilting stitch)
  • Cotton thread or all-purpose thread in colors to match or contrast fabrics
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Hint:Choose cotton fabrics with a sewing theme. For maximum impact, Tammy paired the black-based Sewing Stripe print (pattern #C-756) designed by Michael Miller Fabrics with a sunny yellow confetti print.

Cutting Instructions:
Fabric #1 (Black sewing print)

  1. One 8" x 16" rectangle for inside (lining) of bag
  2. One 3"x 9" strip for tabs
  3. One 1" x 4" piece for magnetic strip cover
  4. One 5 1/2" x 6" piece for pocket
  5. One 5 1/2" square for pin cushion cover

Fabric #2 (Yellow confetti print):

  1. One 7" x 16" rectangle for outside of bag
  2. Two 6" squares for base

Sewing Instructions:
Note: Use 1/4" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.
Thread Catcher Quilted Bag

  1. Attach 1/4" Seam Foot O to machine.
  2. Select Mode 1, stitch #1 (Straight Stitch).
  3. Insert a 75/11 Blue Tip needle. Place coordinating all purpose thread in the needle and bobbin for fabric #1.
  4. Fold long side of 5 1/2" x 6" pocket rectangle in half, right sides together.
  5. Sew around the pocket, leaving an opening for turning on the 5 1/2" side. Use the Auto Lock button and Thread Cutter at the end.
  6. Turn pocket right side out. Edge stitch pocket opening closed.
  7. Prepare outer bag by placing wrong side of 7" x 16" rectangle on top of quilt batting. Pin layers together to hold in place. Then, position pocket centered on outside bag, with the top edge of the pocket 1" below top edge of the outer bag.
  8. Attach Satin Stitch Foot F.
  9. Set machine to Mode 2, stitch #53 (Cross Stitch).
  10. Adjust the stitch width to 5.0. Adjust the Pressure Dial to 2.
  11. Stitching through all layers, sew around the outside and down the center to attach the pocket to the bag, Press the Auto Lock button at the upper pocket corners to secure the threads.
  12. Select stitch #22 (Sculpture). Adjust thread tension to 6. Pressure Dial remains at 2. Leave stitch length at 2.5 and width at 3.5.
  13. Thread the needle with Monofilament (invisible) thread. Wind a bobbin with the color you want your quilt stitch to appear (Tammy used black). Randomly sew hand-look quilting stitch on bag. This will attach batting to outer fabric. Do not stitch through the pocket.
  14. Attach Button Sewing foot T.
  15. Select Mode 1, stitch #8 Zigzag). Adjust the Stitch Length to .20. The Stitch Width is determined by the space between the holes in button. Most holes are spaced 3.5mm apart but test sew to determine the correct stitch width for the button you are using. Sew on buttons for decoration (Don't place buttons too close to fabric edges).
  16. Set machine to Mode 4, Block Letters. To spell Thimbles & Threads below the pocket, select capital "T" (#30). Then press "M" (Memory key). Select lower case letter "h" (#44), press "M" once again. Continue selecting the rest of the letters in this manner, selecting #67 as a space before and after the "&". Place desired color Janome Embroidery thread in the needle. Stitch the lettering below the pocket. After stitching, use your Janome "Little Red" scissors to remove the connecting threads between the letters.
    Hint: To personalize your thimbles & threads organizer, change the words below the pocket. For example, Sandy's Sewing Tools or #1 Mom or Grandma's Gadgets.
  17. To complete the quilted bag, right sides together, pin the lining fabric rectangle and outside fabric rectangle together along the top edge. Set machine to Mode 1, stitch #1 (Straight stitch). Attach 1/4" Seam foot O. Sew seam along top edge of bag. Press toward inside fabric.
  18. Open bag on sewing table, right sides up, with seam horizontal. Fold bag in half to form a cylinder. Sew lining fabric to lining fabric and outer fabric to outer fabric in one long seam, using seam allowance. Press seam open. This seam will be center back of the bag.
  19. Attach Ditch Quilting foot.
  20. Fold bag right side out with lining inside. 1/2" of lining fabric appears on the outside of the bag. Make sure bag bottom edges are even. Leaving a small opening at center back for inserting plastic tubing, sew in the ditch of the seam which attaches outer and lining fabrics.
  21. Insert tubing into "casing". Adjust length of plastic tubing, if needed. The plastic tubing gives the round shape to the bag. To close the casing and secure the tubing, attach Zipper foot E placing the groove in the right pin. Select Mode 1, stitch #4 (Locking Stitch). Set the needle position at 7.0 which moves the needle to far right. Press the Reverse button to engage the lockstitch at the end of the seam.
    Note: When straight stitches are selected the Stitch Width button becomes the Needle Position button. Press the plus (+) sign to move the needle bar to the right. Press the minus (-) sign to move the needle bar to the left.
  22. Turn bag inside out. Pin all layers together at the bottom of bag, with the seam placed at the center back.
  23. Use a 4-thread Overlock stitch on the MyLock 644D serger to sew the bottom seam on the bag. To shape the bag, serge across corners as indicated in diagram.

Cushion Table Base:

  1. Prepare table base by fusing Wonder-Under to the wrong side of both fabric 6" squares of base fabric. Follow manufacturer's directions for fusing. When cool, remove paper backing.
  2. Fuse the fabric squares to each side of the Timtex, covering the Timtex entirely. Take the fabric sandwich to your cutting table and using your rotary cutter and ruler, trim your Timtex square to 5" square. Use sharp sewing shears to slightly round corners. Set aside.
  3. Tab construction: With right sides together, sew the long side of 3" x 9" rectangle fabric #1 using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn right side out and press. Cut into three tab pieces, each 3" long.
  4. Tuck tabs under fabric base, in the placement indicated by diagram. One tab will be on the right side and two tabs will be centered at the front of the base.

    Hint: Instead of pinning tabs in place, use a small piece of double-sided adhesive tape - Tammy used Dritz Quilting Wash Away Wonder Tape. Always check the Satin Stitch before sewing on the project. Tammy used the narrow strip of Timtex sandwich left over when she trimmed the base.
  5. Attach Satin Stitch Foot F. Set to Mode 1, stitch #8 (Zig Zag). Adjust the stitch width at 4.5 and stitch length to .30. Thread needle with Janome Embroidery thread, desired color. Catching the tabs as you sew, satin stitch around base, starting and stopping at the tab on the right side.
  6. Set machine to Mode 2, stitch #53 (Cross Stitch). Adjust the stitch length 2.5 and stitch width 5.0. Change thread color, if desired, as the Cross Stitch will appear on top of the satin stitch for extra embellishment. Sew the Cross Stitch over the Satin Stitch. Trim any excess tab fabric on the underside of the base.
  7. For an added touch, add free motion quilting to the base.
    Hint: To free-motion quilt: Drop the feed dogs. Attach Darning foot P2. Set machine to Mode 1, stitch #1 (Straight Stitch). Adjust Pressure Dial to 1. Draw a quilt design on base with a washable fabric marker and follow the design or stitch randomly, as desired.
  8. Attach Zig-zag foot A. To complete the base, tuck raw edges of tabs under (adjust length of tabs ifs desired) and stitch ends of tabs closed. Sew Velcro(TM) to ends of tabs and to the bag. This will hold table base to the bag. Attach Velcro(TM) to the top side of the base to hold side tab loop closed.
  9. Sew the pin-cushion square, right sides together, leaving an opening to insert pre-made silica-filled sandbag. Using hot glue, glue the fabric-covered pin cushion to the center of the base, near the back. The pin cushion serves as a weight to hold the organizer on your sewing table.
  10. Cover magnetic strip with fabric and hot glue to the center, front of base.

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