Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bobbin Storage: the dramatic conclusion

Well, that was fast. Rarely (seldom? never?) do I actually accomplish something on the same day I think of doing it.  But this was so easy...and my life is just a smidgen more organized now.  :)

First of all, let me say thank you! to those of you with your helpful comments.  I can see I'm not alone here!  

It just so happened that as we were out & about yesterday, we were near the Home Depot.  So of course I stopped in.  Plumbing aisle.  Got this:
That is vinyl tubing, 1/2" on the inside, 5/8" on the outside...10 ft. long.  I used like 4 inches of it.  A little under $5 for the roll. 

Then I came home and cut little pieces, and cut those pieces open - like this:
Put them around my bobbins, making sure the thread ends were under the vinyl thing.  Well, not this one:
What the heck is THAT???  Seriously, what IS that?  I have no idea what happened here.  There's no saving this one.
Anyway, here are the rest, all nicely tucked into their...tubes, I guess? 
Ahhhhhhh.  So much better.  Before & after...
Oh, that does my heart good.

But I wasn't done...that thing they are in - it looks nice now, but it still gets in the way.  I need it off my table.  I have so precious little space.  So here's where the bobbins are living now:
 That's the side of my cabinet. Right under the thread (duh, like you couldn't see that). 
 There's the cat, getting hair all over my fabric. 
 Ahhhhhh.  No thread-y mess.  Up out of the way.  Love it!

("Rachel!  You're a genius!" you say?  No.  I got the idea from Pinterest.  See my post from yesterday.  ;)


  1. Great solution! Thanks for sharing, now I just need to buy me some more bobbins!

  2. Great idea! I'm adding vinyl tubing to my shopping list.

  3. This would bring so much order to my mini sewing kit! What a fantastic idea!

    Stopping by from the Show & Share :-)

  4. I need to try that. Little kittens are too tempted with hanging strings. This looks much cleaner.

  5. how clever is that?! Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to Show and Share #2. I hope you are having fun at the party :)

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  6. I did see your post yesterday about this and am so excited you showed it to us all! Next Home Depot trip I'm getting some too!!!

  7. Brilliant! I hate it when strings are hanging all over! Great job! Thanks for linking up to Show and Share!


  8. WOW, great idea!! They also sell this tubing at pet stores (it's for fish tanks). You could buy 12 inches of that! I will definitely be getting some this weekend because I hate how my bobbins get all unwound.

  9. I will have to try this right away. I travel a lot with my sewing machine and sewing box. This will help with all the tangle mess I always have.
    Thank you for the great sewing tip. New follower from the Creative bloggers hop.
    Hope you stop by for a visit.

  10. LOVE THIS! What a great idea!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  11. i have to say i enjoyed your solution search on pinterest :) i'm glad you got it figured out. i've enjoyed catching up on your blog life today :)

  12. Awesome idea (& love your sense of humor)! I laughed out loud twice! Thank you :-)