My sewing space is limited. So I have to carefully plan every bit of space I have. Because the container I used to store my thread spools was getting kind of full, I was looking for another way to store them. A way to store them off my sewing table, since that space is limited itself.
I came along various thread spool holders online , found some great ideas but neither of them was exactly as I envisioned it in my head.
I wanted a thread spool holder that was practical AND beautiful at the same time. I had the idea of building it myself but I’ve always been great at designing stuff not great at the actual building stuff. My Dad and I were kind of a team when it comes to that. I design and he builds. Most of the time the building involves me holding stuff so he can attach it 🙂
So I called him and asked him if he wanted to help me. He immediately said ‘yes’ and we went to work yesterday. Because I’m so happy with the way it turned out, I’m sharing it with you, so you can build it yourself if you want.
(All measurements are for Gutermann thread and a holder carrying 99 spools)
Step 1: Assemble your stuff. You will need.
- a piece of wood that measures 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 inches) and is 12 mm (1/2 inch) thick
- a decorative trim to put around the edges. It should be at least 220 cm (88 inches) long
- wood glue
- spray paint
- 99 wooden pegs. 8 cm long (3.2 inches) and 6mm in diameter (0.2 inches)
- a pencil
- a ruler
- a drill
- some very small nails
To space the pegs evenly you have to draw a grid. There should be 4,5 cm (1.7 inches) between each line. This is the slightly larger than the largest Gutermann spool. A good tip is to start in the middle so your last hole to the side is spaced evenly throughout.
You should have 9 x 11 rows (or 11 x 9)
Check your grid and correct any mistakes you may have made.
To make it easier to see where you have to drill a hole, draw a small circle around each intersection of lines>
Make sure your wood is placed on a firm underground.
Step 6 – 7:
Drill your holes, first with a drill slightly smaller than the actual pegs. This will make correcting mistakes easier and it will make drilling the correct sized hole a lot smoother.
Step 8 – 9:
Check your beautiful holes 🙂
Once you’ve checked everything is spaced evenly, you can drill through your holes again using a 6mm (0,2 inches) drill. Insert a wooden peg once in a while to check if the holes are big enough.
Take your decorative trim and saw it into 4 pieces using a 45′ angle. You should have two 50cm pieces and two 60cm pieces (2 x 20 inches and 2 x 24 inches. Nail those trims on top of your piece of wood to form a frame.
You can put your drill and nails away because the major part is done. Admire your framed holes 🙂
Step 13 – 14:
Use a damp cloth to remove all sawdust and leave it to dry for a few minutes. Use a can of spray paint to paint the entire piece in your desired color. Keep adding coats until you are satisfied (I gave mine 5 coats). Be sure to read the instructions on your can carefully. Do this in a well ventilated area or (preferably) outdoors and put some plastic underneath to protect your table.
Step 15 – 16:
Once it’s dry (mine was touch dry after 20 minutes) put a small drop of glue inside each hole and put a wooden peg on top. You can use a hammer to set it firmly.
Attach two hooks so you can hang your frame.
Fill it with your thread spools and admire your work.
Isn’t it pretty? It’s exactly as I wanted it to be and I don’t think I’ve ever made anything nicer in my life!
The good thing is (added bonus) that the pegs are long enough to put my bobbins in front of my spools so the thread matches!
Yay, for unforseen bonusses! The whole thing probably wasn’t cheaper than buying a thread holder but this one is PERFECT!
Would you like to make something like this yourself. Would you like someone else to make it for you?