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Thursday, November 8, 2012

DIY Bobbin Holder-TUTORIAL

I told you I would share how I made my very own bobbin holder in my Sewing Studio Tour post here, and guess what?  Today is the day, holla!

This was seriously one of the easiest projects I have ever made and so inexpensive too!  I bought a small wood plaque at Joann's, regularly priced at $0.79 and even cheaper with a 40% off coupon, I also bought a long wood dowel at $0.19.  Combine that with some paint I already had on hand and this whole project cost me less than a dollar :-)

You don't know just how much this project was begging to be made, it is such a practical and simple thing and was sooo needed in my studio!  There were so many times I was sewing and needed to switch between a few different thread colors and those darn bobbins, they pop out of my hand while switching them and land 53% unrolled onto the floor.  Either that or I am fumbling around for just where exactly I put my extra cream colored bobbins...I like to wind 3-4 extra before starting a new project!  Enter in my Bobbin Holder and all is right with the world :-)  If you are looking to make one too, I'll show you how.

DIY Bobbin Holder

1 small wood plaque
1 dowel, mine was 1/4" round...just make sure it fits your bobbin!
drill with a bit to match the dowel thickness
small hand saw
wood glue
waxed paper
Martha Stewart acrylic craft paint

Drill 5-6 holes completely through your wood plaque.  Just make sure you space them out enough so that you can place your bobbins on them!

Cut your dowel into 3.5" increments with your handsaw, the number depending on how many holes you drilled.  You may want to go higher or lower on the dowel length, so that number is totally personal.  I wanted to be able to fit 3-4 bobbins on each dowel...make sure you take into account the thickness of your wood plaque before you start sawing!

Then place your plaque on waxed paper and add a drop or two of wood glue to each hole before placing the dowels in.   The waxed paper will protect whatever surface you are working on from the glue plus it will not stick to the wood glue!  Let dry for a about 30 minutes.

Once the glue is dry paint your new bobbin holder in any color your heart desires!  I used Martha Stewarts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in White Satin.  You could also use spray paint.  Since I hand-painted this I gave it two simple coats just to make sure I had nice even coverage.

And there you go.  So easy, so simple, and soooo necessary (well for me, that is!)

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by today!


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Blogger Entwined Essentials said...

Cute and a great idea, thanks for the tip!

November 8, 2012 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

Very clever Maggie!

November 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger TDT Designs said...

Love it! Now you can go to the plumbing dept at Home Depot or Lowes and buy clear flexible pipe then cut circles the size of the inside of the bobbin and then a slit and it will fit over the bobbin so you dont have strings everywhere :-) if you need more info Im at teresasdt at

November 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Grandma G said...

Brilliant! I need one! And I was just about to give you the same suggestion that TDT Designs did. :) Works great!

November 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger Sheleen Addison said...

Very good idea, I am going to try a longer, narrower version to fit on my window ledge, thank you for the idea

November 8, 2012 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Charity said...

This is cute! I need something like this for all my bobbins. =)

November 8, 2012 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger diystylecindy said...

LOVE this so much I wanted to share it with our FB audience :) Thanks for the great organizing idea!!

November 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will your matching spool of thread fit also? so great when working with those projects that need thread changes!

November 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Gingham Skies said...

So tired of chasing runaway bobbins! This is brilliant!

January 7, 2013 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Sandi said...

Thank you, thank you. What a super idea.

May 17, 2013 at 5:59 AM  

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