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Saturday, July 23, 2011

What to do with 331 Spools of Thread ?!!

Actually it is more than 331 spools of thread because I just got a phone call saying my mother found MORE! Where? In my grandmother's apartment that she moved out of..

I sorted through 331 spools yesterday.. This is what it looked like in process.

My 6 year old daughter helped to sort them by color and I watched as she counted all 331. See the blue boxes?
Yep you guessed it, she had bought some by the box! They were all brand new spools in the boxes.
There is no way I will use this much thread in one lifetime! So I split the new stuff up into Ziplocs and I am sending all the new stuff home with various family members who I know have machines.

This was ALL new in-box!

But not all of it was. Some spools were very old. We are talking wooden spools of thread old. The thread is not good for machine sewing when that old. Breaks too easily, and jams up machines, so... I had to think of a way to use those up. Lucky for me someone already had an idea. A spool wreath that they sold it on etsy. So I just copied her version and made one of my own for the craft room.

Love it? I do!

Here is where it is for now on the sewing/craft room wall.

And the bird picture?

Made by my grandma! MEG there by the leaf, Mildred Ethel Gillis.
Just knew it would go great in my craft and sewing area as well.
I love knowing that she did all those stitches herself with her own two hands.

But back to the thread... What next? Well I was not left completely empty handed to deal with the thread. I ended up with 3 organizers total from both grandmas.
So first step, make sure I have some of each color.

This clear holder only fit small spools but I love the fact you can see all the colors through the box!

This one has extra storage for pins, and scissors, and whatever else you want in the bottom tray. It rotates like a Lazy Susan. But I might pass this one on to John's cousin if she wants it because it came from her grandma's house.
I really don't NEED it too much because I have this one.

It is a Rubbermaid one. When did Rubbermaid stop making things this cool. It folds up and has compartments for buttons and such that snap closed.

  I really like it and it fits nicely on my shelf.

Still working on revamping my whole craft room, you are getting sneak peeks, more coming soon. I am glad I decided to start to tackle the craft/sewing room project right before the stuff from the grandmas started to pour in my direction. Without that pre-organization, I would be WAY overwhelmed right now.

But I still have a TON of thread leftover.. Where do I store that?

Well I had these just laying in the closet.

Genius??!! I think so!

That works on this wall nicely.

See the curtains?
They were once pillow cases from Grandma Bauer's, I just cut them up the sides and slid them on the curtain rod. I just love them and they match some of the other things that I will show you in another post.
The framed pictures were pictures my husband did in art class when he was in elementary school. I trimmed them down and framed them a few years back for our toy room and kept them there now that our toy room is my shared sewing space too.

I STILL HAVE MORE THREAD in a box I don't know what I am going to do with yet. Some not great for sewing because of it's age. Add that to the stuff my mom said she found today in the apartment.

You are more than welcome to send ideas my way for what to do with all the spools of thread.


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  1. Do you need to do a thread giveaway? =)

    I saw a gorgeous thread holder shaped like a tree on a blog the other day. Would look so nice on the wall...

    I inherited a rubbermaid thread holder just like that one from my grandma! =)


  2. Wow! What a treasure you have at home =)
    And I love the idea of the spool wreath! :)

  3. Hey I second the idea of a blog giveaway! I'll send a SASE!

  4. I love the spool wreath! SO CUTE! Great job!!!

    Ashley J @ mommybydaycrafterbynight.blogspot.com

  5. love the wreath. That would be fun in my sewing room too!

  6. I love the idea of having thread around as decorations! What a great idea for your sewing room. I am thinking maybe one of those fruit baskets might be fun, with thread in it. Now to find a great steal on someones old thread, LOL! Thanks for the ideas. Visiting from Take-A-Look Tuesday.
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

  7. I love it and what you did with the other spools in the candle holders. That is a great idea!!!
    following you now.

  8. I want to make a thread wreath!!! That's just so clever! You should do a give away of some sort of the extra thread. I found you on Take A Look Tuesday and I'm your newest follower!

  9. what a great idea, and how smart is putting them in the sconces! love it!

  10. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - - I featured you today! - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  11. That is such a fun idea! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

  12. I have a slender glass vase in a larger glass vase and filled the space in between with spools of thread. Flowers can be put in the smaller vase without getting the thread wet. How about a glass lamp base filled with spools for your craft room? If you are a little handy, I saw spools striped of thread, painted white and mounted on a board about 4" high and 16" long and hung on the wall. The spools were evenly spaced for hanging necklaces and bracelets. Looked like a mini coat rack for jewelry. Very cute.