Hi friends! I have been a busy bee, sewing through projects as fast as I can :) But, I wanted to quickly share an easy organizing project; easy, quick, and cheap - aren't those the best projects? I have been accumulating a variety of colors of upholstery thread to use with my new sewing machine, and was getting a little tired of them just sitting around my machine. I had seen various thread holders in craft stores and figured I could probably make my own. So, here's how you can, too...
- board - I used a 1x2 that we had from a previous project
- dowels - I used 3/16" that would fit inside the spools I had. Tip: it was cheaper to buy the package of 12" dowels than to buy the 36" long dowels, so check out that option (I found this package at JoAnn for $0.99).
- measuring tape/ruler
- saw (a miter box helps, too, but it isn't necessary)
- drill with bit the size of the dowels you have chosen
Decide how many spools you want to store and then figure out how far apart you need to space the dowels - I cut my board to 12", which gave me room to space 6 dowels 2" apart.
Choose your drill bit to match the size of your dowels. Drill your holes in the board; try to drill straight down and don't go all the way through the board ;)
I cut my dowels approximately in half, because I wanted to stack two spools on top of each other - decide what works for you. Smooth out the cut ends with the sandpaper. Then gently hammer the dowels into the holes. If you leave the dowels longer than 5-6", they will be more likely to break as you hammer them in - ask me how I know this :/
And you are done!
I thought I might need glue to hold the dowels in, but they are not going anywhere :) (and if you do happen to break one while putting them in, pliers work to get them out... just a tip... not that I know from experience or anything...yeah...)
Just enough room to have the spools side-by-side...
... and stacked up :)
Now, go make your own and Happy First Day of Spring!