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Organizing Embroidery Floss

My embroidery supplies always ended up in a tangled mess stuffed in a shoe box somewhere. Until I noticed the flat, little plastic thingies for sale at the craft store to wind your floss around. Then I noticed the price. Puh-leeze! I will not pay that much for plastic thingies no matter how tangled up my embroidery stuff gets. There had to be another way.

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Then I noticed the flat, little plastic thingies for sale at the craft store looked a whole lot like the flat, little plastic thingies that hold a bread bag closed. EUREKA! I actually had a handful of them in my kitchen junk drawer just waiting for a Eureka moment. After winding my stray lengths of floss around the FLPTs (flat, little plastic thingies) I found a short dowel in my craft supplies that worked perfectly for holding them. I stuck the dowel into a glass flower frog; also great for holding some of my other embroidery stuff.

Bonus tip: If you want something more permanent, you could hang the dowel on a wall in your craft room (wish I had a craft room) from cup hooks.

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This is a way to organize little bits of leftover embroidery floss. Use the plastic holders that come on packages of bread. Wrap the floss around the center of the plastic holder. Store in a plastic craft container with dividers and organize by color.

Several skeins of embroidery floss in a plastic container.

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September 23, 2020

When working with embroidery, I like to keep the current floss/bobbin I'm using in an empty Tic Tac container. The floss goes through the dispenser, intact and free from tangling.

A Tic-tac container with embroidery floss stored inside.

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October 7, 2004

Here is a use for an old Velveeta box and lid. Cut thin pieces of cardboard slightly smaller then the width of the Velveeta box. Wrap embroidery floss around the cardboard and store in the box. Makes it easy to organize colors.

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When I was growing up; my mother would use her old thread spools to wind her embroidery floss. It hooked in the small slit for regular thread and it was stored along with all threads.

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