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Make a Snipcatcher

This little container can be at your elbow whenever you’re sewing. Thread ends and bits of fabric inevitably land on the floor no matter how carefully you aim for the larger garbage container. The weighted pillow allows you to place it anywhere on your sewing surface. Sizes can vary to suit your preference.

• Two 5-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch pieces of fabric for the pillow

• Two 4 x 2-1/2-inch pieces for the straps

• For the body — two 6 x 8-inch pieces and a strip of same fabric — 12 x 1-3/4 inches for the facing

• Stiffener for facing

• Strip of plastic for the circle — about 1/2 inch in width and 12 inches long. (I used a “retired” plastic belt and it worked well.)

Sew long edges of straps, turn. On one pillow piece, position straps to pillow, right sides facing — 1 inch from outer edges. Sew the two pieces together catching in straps, leave opening for turning. Turn. Sew bag pieces together; mitre corners. Mark centre of one bag section. Right sides facing, place free end of straps to bag 1-1/2 inches each side of centre. Sew facing strip, right sides together, to bag. Turn to inside of bag, press and stitch leaving an opening for inserting whatever stiffening you will use. Work stiffening piece into facing until edges meet. Hand stitch opening. Fill pillow with grain or dried beans and there you have it!

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