I would love to sew more often but I seldom do it. It’s not because I don’t like to sew, it’s just so inconvenient. The sewing machine is in the guest bedroom on the floor by the bed and the my sewing storage box is a mess.
Finding anything in there is like searching for a needle in a haystack, literally! Plus there’s a big ball of tangled thread hanging around in there too. It’s all going to go in my brand new craft closet, but not like that. I’m gonna organize it and make it pretty of course.
I went to Joan Fabrics the other day looking for a thread rack and when I saw that it was going cost around $20 I went back home and started searching for diy thread rack versions online. There are some really cool ones out there but unfortunately I didn’t have the supplies on hand to make them.
I searched all around the house to see what I had available (now with the craft room I’ll have everything in one place, yay) and came across three cork trivets from IKEA. I originally bought these to use as a cork board but never got around to it.
DIY Thread Rack
Supplies needed (takes notes now):
IKEA round cork trivets*
*They also sell them at home depot, in the garden section. Although, they’re a little more expensive. I’m not sure how long my nails are cause they were in a plastic baggy. But just make sure you get nails that are a little longer than your spools.
That’s it, that’s all you need.
Lay out your spools on the rack how you want them. I was able to get 12 on each thread rack.
Just put the whole thing on solid ground, like concrete. Don’t do it on tile cause this might break it. Then hit each one with a hammer until blunt. I hit some of mine too hard and they bent a little, but they’re still good.
I hung them up on the wall using a screw instead of nails. That way if I ever want to relocate them (which I’m sure I probably will, with my decor ADD and all) I can easily unscrew them without damage.
I organized the rest of the
mess sewing supplies in canning jars left over from my mother’s day gifts. One holds smaller thread spools, one ribbon pieces, one sewing machine parts…etc.
Now that I have my diy thread rack done; a place where I can see my spools of thread all nice and neat, I’ll hopefully get to sewing soon.