Welcome to the Creative Spaces Blog Hop Week 5 – this week 16 different designers share their tips dealing with thread/buttons and embellishments!
Don’t miss a week of this fun hop – or you may miss an opportunity to win something fun!! We have four fabulous sponsors: Aurifil, Bosal, Crafter’s Edge, Daylight. There will also be giveaways on different blogs – you never know what’s there, unless you give it a read!
**Hint – read down to the end of this post to see what our giveaway is – then comment to be entered – we will pick this week’s winner next week!**
Just a review – we have 16 creatives sharing their spaces from July 9 through August 19, with tips and tricks, and perhaps a few giveaways!
- Week 1: Studio Clean Up
- Week 2: Favorite Tools
- Week 3: Organizing Tips
- Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
- Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread – Yeah – this week!
- Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers
I hope you’ve been inspired to think about your space and how you use it!
This week, I was glad to tackle the thread storage. It just was not working for me. A few years ago, I admired the way people put their thread on pretty cake stands. I loved how cute it looked, so I just had to try it. However – due to traffic in the area (right across from pattern inventory), the spools would get knocked over. Every. Day. Not cute!
Enter the junk drawer -(the left hand side of the drawer that I organized in Week 2), located behind me when I sew. It’s a perfect place to store thread, it’s out of the way, yet I can access it easily. Now I need an insert that would work for me.
Hmmmm… how to do it – I know – I’ll look into peg boards! Nope – holes every 1″ – the larger Aurifil spools that I want to store are 1-1/4″ (about) diameter. A custom solution is in order. The goal is to make a lightweight thread insert that doesn’t slip while opening the drawer and that I can lift out to see what’s in the back of the drawer.
After consulting with Mr. Poor, we decided a 1/4″ plywood panel (aka lauan) would do the trick (and we had it in the workshop). You can get it at Home Depot, if you are going to make this insert. You will also need pegs to hold your thread, I decided on 3/16″ dowels.
I want to store my bobbins with the thread. I already use these containers, so they will be positioned beside the insert, and then I will measure the remaining open space. I needed an 11-1/2″ x 19″ piece of plywood as the base.
Next – marking the positions of the pegs. I used my handy dandy quilting rulers and marked my spacing for the thread spools that I was storing. For the larger Aurifil, 1.5″ apart, smaller 1″ apart – you will need to determine your spacing! (I figured approximately 1/4″ larger than the diameter of the spools).
Before you drill holes, measure the dowels – we found that our 3/16″ dowels were larger than indicated – lesson learned. Drill a test hole and make sure that the dowel will fit. Time to get drilling!
Make pegs – we cut our dowels to 2″ long and inserted in the holes with wood glue. Let dry as recommended and voila!! A lightweight thread insert! (I’ve had these before, they were so heavy that I got rid of them!
I added a ribbon loop on the back with a length of ribbon stapled as shown on the back, so I could lift the insert as needed!
I love my new thread drawer!!
So – How about a giveaway? Comment below and you will be entered to win a sampler set of Auifil thread – a small spool of all of the different thread weights (8 total spools) to sample plus a color card – what a great way to try it!!
Here is the schedule so that you can get hopping and hearing about everyone’s favorite tools:
Make sure to visit everyone, as you will have a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Thanks for hopping and see you next week for the final week of fun Creative Spaces – in the last week, we will deal with tools and rulers!