May 082013

Sometimes I put off even the simplest of sewing projects, because my sewing area is a mess! I’ve been on a quest to get more organized and settled in our house, and coming up with a new thread storage solution was a must. Here’s what I ended up with.

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Last year I made a simple thread holder using a wood plank I picked up at Salvation Army and long nails. It helped for a little while, but had a few flaws.

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First and most importantly, it wasn’t big enough to hold all of my thread, which means the rest of it was scattered around my sewing machine, finding a home wherever there was space. Not only was it messy and disorganized, but I could never seem to find the color I needed for a given project, so I’d go buy more. Second, it wasn’t very pretty from the front, because only the top of each spool was visible, instead of the pretty thread colors. Third, it didn’t help me keep track of my bobbins. Which always seemed to end up like this, tangled in the bottom of a drawer.

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So to the internet I went, seeking a solution, which is when I stumbled upon this awesome DIY thread holder. Not only does it showcase the beautiful colors of thread, but it keeps the bobbins right there with the appropriate color!

From The Creative Homemaker via Ashley on pinterest

So I pinned it, then did nothing. For months. Finally, it was time to get with the program and build it.

It’s funny that I put it off for so long, because it really didn’t take very long to put together and it was very inexpensive. I used 1×2 furring strips from Home Depot ($1.12 for an 8 foot length) and scrap beadboard for the back. Basically I just cut the pieces to the length I wanted (I did 2 feet wide, so I could get 4 pieces from one furring strip), glued and nailed them together using my brad nailer. Glue is the key for longevity for anything you build. Nails or screws hold things in place for awhile, but wood glue is what keeps them in place practically forever. I mitered the corners to give it a nice and polished look.

Sorry, but the only in progress shot I have is from my phone. But you can get the idea.

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I left 2 1/2 inches between each horizontal rail, which gives me plenty of space for the taller spools without the shelves looking too far apart. When I had glued and nailed every piece together it was time to attach the beadboard backing. The backing gives the shelf additional support, keeps it square, and makes it pretty.

After spray priming and painting, it was time to attach the nails for the bobbins. I put in spools of thread to figure out how many would fit on each shelf and settled on 16. Then I used my trick to easily achieve evenly spaced nails. I marked a line every inch on some elastic, for a total of 16 lines. Then I stretch the elastic so that each end was where I wanted them, nailed the ends in place.

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Next I added a nail at each marking.

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After that, I just repeated for all of the other shelves.

Time to hang it on the wall and fill it with my thread. The fun part!

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I didn’t add my bobbins yet, because I had to run to the hardware store before I could deal with them. Call me crazy, but the thread that always unwinds drives me nuts. I’ve seen people use clear tubing to keep the thread from unraveling.

I bought 2 feet of 1/2″ clear vinyl tubing for less than $1.50. Just a warning, I couldn’t find it by the foot at Lowes or Home Depot, so got this at our local Ace Hardware. Cut it to the height of the bobbin and put a slit in the side, and it perfectly wraps around the bobbin.

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Voila! Done! Not only did this project organize my sewing thread but it looks beautiful with all of that colorful thread. Most of that thread I inherited with the sewing machine, which was my grandma’s, so I love seeing it.

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Ain’t it purty?

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