She's a seamstress. A much better one than me. But she tends to leave string all over the floor and counter tops while she works. So, as part of her birthday gift, I made her a thread catcher.
The top serves as a pin cushion, but is also weighted (with heavy door hinges) to hold the hanging bag on the tabletop. Then, all small scraps of fabric or cuts of string should end up in the bag. This ingenious pattern came from Merriment Design.