Saturday, April 5, 2008

Ready Threader Tutorial

Well, you asked for it, and here it is . . . the Ready Threader Tutorial. Not my own invention, but a great little idea, and quick to make. A good gift for a crafty friend or a nice accessory for yourself. Some have even told me you could carry your lipstick in it, in your hand bag, or even a couple of "white mice."
Here's what you need to start
*Some light card for templates
*Small amount of fabric from your scap basket
*Small piece of wadding
*Tiny bit of felt
*3 buttons
*Some embroidery thread
. . . and you're ready to go!
1. Cut from light cardboard the templates as shown below.
2. From the 2 3/4 inch circle template, cut 2 circles of your chosen fabric3. With the fabric on the fold, cut one of the 6 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inch shapesFor extra body, also cut one of these shapes from some wadding fabric that you just happen to have lying about in a box. I trim the wadding a bit thinner so that it fits snuggly inside and you don't need to cut the wadding on the fold.4. From the smallest circle template, cut 4 extra pieces from the light card. These will go inside the yo-yo's for extra strength.5. You will need to cut one shape out of felt, not on the fold this time.6. Choose some buttons and some thread7. Measure 4 inches of thread and knot at each end.8. Lay the thread on the right sides of the fabric with a little bit poking out the end and sew around the large shape, leaving a couple of inches for turning.9. Lay your wadding over the top of one side, and turn the main shape inside out, which will then be the right side out.10. Now you have your wadding on the inside, and you will need to hand sew the little gap that you left for turning.11. Press your main shape.12. Now make your yo-yo's and insert the 2 little pieces of card into each of them.13. I left the long thread of the yo-yo for later stitching of the threader 14. Now lay your felt over one side of the main piece and blanket stitch to that piece.
15. Now with your yo-yo's facing inside, sew them to the edge of your main fabric.16. Once both yo-yo's are sewn on, turn the ready threader so that the buttons face outwards.
17. Now put your cotton in place, and slide your needle into the felt, and you are finished!

43 comments:

Muddling Through said...

What a cute idea! I will have to try one of those.

Love your flowers, too!
~Elaine~

Muddling Through said...

How funny! You were leaving me a comment at the same time I was leaving one for you....

Great minds?
~Elaine~

Jodie said...

Great tute Annie, you have made it look so easy!

Screen Door said...

Thanks for sharing... my daughter is going off to college in the fall. I'm making her one for "dafe keeping"... Thanks again.

amandajean said...

that is so cute! I love this idea. and your fabric is so pretty. thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Leanne said...

Wow that was quick - thanks for the tutorial.

Calidore said...

Wonderful tutorial. Thank you so much. I'm off to make one.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Great tute, very cute....you can tell you have been on hols!!!
The photos down the sidebar all look great, Tracey

Cosy said...

What a great idea! I could use this sort of 'organisation' otherwise my thread and needles get tucked into a project = lost!

You've written a great tutorial.

thanks
Carolyn

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I have ear marked this one for later.
I love your new photos all over your page too. Looks great.
Hugs Fiona

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Great tutorial Annie! And I've just noticed those two gorgeous photos at the bottom of your page - love them!

Rachelmp said...

Very cute! Good idea for the mothers day stall too ..

Lesley said...

Fantastic tutorial Annie - thanks for sharing :)

xx

A Spoon Full Of Sugar said...

What a terrific idea - I will crtainly have to whip up one of these. Thanks for sharing :)

Jenny said...

You are very good at explaining step by step how to make this cute little ready threader-well done!!!

Rosemary aka fabricfan said...

great looking sewing accessory. You did a great job on the tutorial.

Stina said...

Thankyou for sharing...sure will try to make one...just have to ...it was so cute...;D

Corrie said...

how fabulous! thanks for sharing!!!!!! Might have to try that as makes a lovely pressie for a sewer or crafter!

Corrie:)

picciolo said...

really good tuorial annie, all the pictures are great!
; )

nicky said...

Thanks for the tutorial, i made one of these at a morning tea a few years ago and i have found it invaluable!

Jelly Wares said...

What a great little invention!!! You're tutorial is perfect Annie and I can't wait to give it a go.. Well Done ;)

Jodie

2paw said...

Oh I love this idea!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!!

Anonymous said...

mmmtextile teaching i see..it would take me a month to do that but it is very cute..still cant get over the shock of the quilt

Chookyblue...... said...

hey added this to my things to make list....looks like a great tut......well done.....

Laura said...

Ciao
grazie bello il progetto

Laura

dontlooknow said...

Hi I just found you from Amitie ... now this is a very useful little cool thing! I can't wait to make one ! Thank you soooo much!

Odette said...

Hola Excelente tutorial, ya lo hice y me encanto muchas gracias.
Odette

dottycookie said...

I love this - thanks for a brilliant tutorial!

Catherine said...

What a fabulous idea -- I am definitely going to try this!
I just found your blog and love it.

Lil D said...
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Rosalind said...

We made a sewing caddy almost identical to that as our first sewing project at high school in UK.
Thank you for reminding me of it!
Ros
:o)

Crafty Gardener said...

Nice idea and well laid out and easy to follow.

Debbie said...

thread holder is just precious I will post it on my blog Thanks Debbie http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

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♥ Mariasun ♥ said...

que original!!!!1
muchas gracias por el tuto.
saludos desde España

Sue B said...

I will have to try this, such a cute little gift to make,

Appalachian Quilts said...

Great tutorial!

Magical said...

I thought this was lovely so made my own for my on the go sewing bag (I added some Velcro to the back to stick it down when travelling.) http://imgur.com/oUJYXs.jpg if you want to have a peek :)

Thanks for the tutorial!

Heike's quilts and socks said...

What a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for you tutorial.
I love your blog.
Heike

Val said...

Hi Annie, Funny how I ended up here! I was on the wicked blog hop. Went to one of the blogs, then linked to a blog they were following then linked to the pattern for the cute thread or thimble holder and here I am. I want to make one out of some Japanese fabric that I have. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.

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