How to Keep Thread Spools Organized

Does your thread stash look something like this? Make your thread last longer with these tips for keeping your thread spools stored safely.

How to keep your thread stash organized

Thread thrown together in a box or bin can tangle together, or start to sag, and create stress-spots on the spools.

Keep your thread stash organized in clear boxes

Store thread properly in a container that keeps the spools separated and free from tangling, such as clear bins or thread boxes.

Keep your thread stash organized in a thread box

Boxes or bins with small compartments or separators are also great for storing thread.

Keep your thread stash organized on a thread rack

Using a special thread rack with pins for the spools of thread, or creating your own rack by adding pins to a pegboard are also good ways to keep your threads tangle-free.

Keep your thread stash tangle free

Keep thread ends tucked neatly away when storing thread. Some spools have a thread-end keeper built in, like this Gutermann thread spool.

Tuck away loose thread ends on spools of thread

If your thread spool doesn’t include a built in thread end keeper, use a small piece of Amazing Tape or Glad Press’n Seal to wrap around the spool and keep the loose ends safely tucked away.

3 thoughts on “How to Keep Thread Spools Organized

  1. I like the tape method which is the cheapest. I sort my thread by color, tape if necessary and store in old shoe boxes. This also keeps the dust of.

    Does anyone know how to make a ruffled 84″ curtain panel?

    1. Are you referring to a panel that is ruffled and needs to fit in a space that is 84″ long, or a panel that is 84″ long and has a ruffled edge? The first one is easy…..if you want it slightly ruffled, you double the number (84 + 84= 168). The 168 is how long you are going to want to make your panel. If you want it to have more of a ruffled look, make it 2 1/2 or 3 times the “84” ( i.e. 84 + 84 + 42; or 84 + 84 + 84).

  2. I keep all of my Isacord thread in clear boxes like the one pictured above and take it just one step further. I store the wound bobbins for my Bernina 880 under the spools of like colors. That way, I do not have to spend any time deciding whether a particular color goes with a particular spool. It is already organized.

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