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Organizing Sewing Thread

Organizing your sewing thread can reduce the clutter in your craft area, help you keep track of the colors and types you have, and help you prepare for your next project. This is a guide about organizing sewing thread.


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Debra Frick1 found this helpful
December 24, 2008 Flag

Here is a nifty gift for the sewer that has everything. This thread tree hangs flat on a wall and can be hung up above a worktable or a sewing machine. It took my husband about 20 minutes to build and it will become a great gift for my friend Susan who does a lot of sewing in her drapery business. For drapes she uses big spools of thread, but for the hand sewing of hems and repairs she always has lots of little spools that she never quite knew how to keep handy. I know this will do the trick. Also if you want to make several check your local cut off bin at Lowe's or Home Depot. I figure this one cost me about a $1.25 to make.




  1. With a saw, cut a 2x2 into a 13 inch length.
  2. With drill, drill holes 2 1/2 inches apart at a slightly downward angle.
  3. Gently hammer in your nails.
  4. With drill, drill a start hole for your eye screw. Screw in your eye screw.
  5. Next you spray paint and then you can then add a trim to the top or the bottom your choice.
  6. Run your ribbon through the top in your eye screw and you are done.

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January 8, 20090 found this helpful

This is a great idea for thread. Another idea is to use those metal things for carpet and hang them lengthwise on a wall and set your thread on the ledge.

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December 7, 2006 Flag

Keep spools of thread out of the way, but in plain view, by making this easy wall organizer. Cut a piece of plywood to the desired size and attach wall hangers on the top of it. Then cover the plywood with 1 1/2 inch headless nails (finishing nails work great). Position the nails at an angle so the thread spools don't slide off. Draw a grid to space the nails evenly.

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December 14, 20060 found this helpful

This is definately a "Thrifty Tip"! Have you seen what thread organizers sell for in the stores? They are usually made with thin dowels for the thread spool that break off easily, too.

Great idea! This is one of those "Why didn't I think of that" ideas!! :)


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November 6, 2011 Flag

I love to sew and have quite a collection of threads. My previous boss retired after she discovered she had breast cancer. To help her through the loss of hair from chemotherapy, I made her head scarves of various colors and designs.

To do this, I increased my supply of serger thread cones and needed a way to manage them since the serger uses 4 cones of thread. I just purchased a plastic storage box from the local office supply store and the cones fit in perfectly. Now they are organized by color and in a covered, see-through box. My smaller spools of thread are also now in a smaller plastic, covered box for easy access with colors matching.

By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD

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November 4, 2011

I have my thread organized by color in antique thread drawers from an old dry goods store. Before this, however, I had them in clear plastic shoe box containers, also organized by color.

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September 15, 2011 Flag

I need a solution for organizing thread and keeping it untangled.

By Denise

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September 16, 20110 found this helpful

I like my threads dust free so I keep them in 2 plastic storage tubs with lids, lights in one and darks in another. I use 'Handi-Bobs' which is a little plastic thing that goes on top of the thread that also keeps the corresponding machine bobbin attached and there are places to wrap the tails around to keep it tidy. You can find small packages on the notions wall of fabric stores. I bought mine by catalog here:

http://www.clot  iteria=handi+bob

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

My mother was a tailor (still doing some sewing at 93), so had/has hundreds of colours and types of thread. Her solution was to cut a piece of plywood about 3 ft. square and arrange rows of fairly long nails on it. Her threads were always tidy and colour coordinated. She then hung her "pictures" behind her machine area.

Her larger cone spools were kept on smaller flat boards with small regular used spools glued to it as bases for them since nails were not big enough to keep them from moving around and tangling. Since I do not have anywhere near the numbers she has, I keep mine stored in clear plastic 'boxes' from the dollar store but do try to keep them colour coordinated. :)

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September 22, 20110 found this helpful

I've got mine organised into shoe boxes. I use a twist-tie from bin liners to attach the bobbin to the spool of thread, and try to organise the colours by shades with a card taped to the end of the box for quick selection.

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September 16, 2010 Flag

How do you organize sewing thread?

By Kewlvrp

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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

If your threads are already on spools buy some pegboard, hang it and then get the pegboard hooks and slide your spools on to them. You can get them fairly short, about two inches or even up to 6 inches (I think).

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September 16, 2010 Flag

To keep your cross stitching, embroidery, or other craft thread from tangling up when not in use simply cut up a plastic milk jug into small squares, put notches on the sides, and wrap your thread around. It keeps your thread together and you reuse your milk jug.

If you cut the squares small enough, you can store them in old, unused slide boxes.

By Heidi

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