Today I thought I'd show you how I store my reels of thread. No fancy schmancy thread racks in my sewing room. Not because I don't like those lovely wooden racks. Simply because I've gone for low cost thread storage solutions.
I group my thread together by type, rather than by colour. If I have enough of any one type, then colour groupings come into play.
My polyester thread is stored in small Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes. It's easy to see at a glance what's inside each box and they stack neatly on my IKEA Expedit shelves in front of fabric.
Specialty variegated thread is stored inside a tin case. Last year I had to take a lot of thread to the quilting retreat and the tin case was a very convenient way to transport it.
I have several tin cases to store other sewing bits and pieces, too. They've all been given to me by my daughter. She sells them over at Little Ladybird and on MadeIt. The one above contains clothing labels and was a birthday present. The other tin cases are adorned with photos of the family - a practical way to have photos in my sewing room without taking valuable space with photo frames.
The little tin case once contained Haigh's chocolates, but now houses business cards. Hmmm... there's a bit of a theme with chocolates here. Haigh's is an Australian company and they make the BEST chocolates!!!
Overlocker thread is stored in small IKEA Expedit drawers. Behind the overlocker thread, you can see some curling ribbon. I think I have enough to last the rest of my life. Now that I tend to use fabric off cuts and selvedges for ribbon, the curling ribbon hardly ever gets used.
The rest of my threads are stored in plastic containers - some sit on shelves, while the lesser used thread is in drawers. The bottom container in the photo above works well for Rasant thread (polyester core with a cotton covering). Same as with the Ferrero Rocher chocolate boxes, I can see the threads at a glance. They sit upright as the container is the perfect height and there's enough of them to fill the container.
Cotton thread is stored in the rest of the containers above the Rasant thread. I haven't found containers that suit the spools. They're handy to where I sew, but I'm on the lookout for a new solution, or different sized containers, to store the cotton thread.
Bobbins are stored in the two little containers, as well as in racks in my Bernina tool box, again, stored by type of thread.
In the main, these simple and inexpensive thread storage solutions work well for me. And some of them involved the eating of chocolate, so that's a bonus.
Following are some more unique and low cost ways to store your thread...
- Plastic Shoe Organiser ~ Sit and stitch awhile
- Hot Wheels Containers ~ Not Afraid of Colour
- Old Ironing Board ~ Smart Tech Design
- Plastic Divided Organiser ~ Hello Kirsti
- Perfume Box ~ Michelle's Romantic Tangle
- Apothecary Jars ~ CEOriginal Art and Craft Studio
- Bottle Crates ~ Sew Many Ways
- Embroidery Hoop ~ Yellow Spool
- Photo Boxes & Golf Tees ~ Quilting Board
- Cake Stand ~ Lazy Daisy Jones
Are you happy with how your thread is stored?