I made these thread catchers with my mom a couple weeks ago! I have to say, I am super proud of them! They are so cute and definitely handy! They were kind of difficult to put together because the directions were SO confusing. This experience just reinforced my belief in patterns being not so useful at times. When all else fails, use common sense! The top is a sand bag to hold it down but also works as a pin cushion and the hoop catches all the threads, fabric strips and scraps in one place! I love them!