Have you ever thought about how to store your thread? Well, I have dozens of spun thread and I think about it a lot. When I first started with a few for my early fashion projects, it was so easy to just pack them all in a hat box or a shoe box. Then, one becomes two and before you know it… more than two. At certain points, I had to buy shoes just so I had a place to store my thread! Okay, maybe that was just a lousy excuse I gave myself for new footwear acquisition and my self bought it every single time.
However, as exceptionally splendid it would be to keep that game plan, it always proved a nightmare to find a specific spool of thread among a sea of hundreds. And because life is often funny in a sadistic kind of way, I always find X thread in the last box, at the bottom of the box, in a maddening ravel with everything in the box.
There had to be a better way than this because I refuse to live in a world where this was the best way to store thread.
I did find better options and one of them didn't cost as much as a pair of BCBG Max Azria.
This one required absolutely no tools and only made use of two materials. A tray to serve as the thread rack and small wooden dowels.
The application is almost as easy as the preparation. At this point, it’s pretty much a one-step DIY. I have these little steel chrome-framed trays and I figured they are perfect for this project because they’re wrapped in woven strips of fabric. The areas in between the weaves made it very convenient for the dowels to pass through.
If you haven’t got anything similar, you may use boxes or trays that you can punch on the sides for the same purpose, but make sure that they are still sturdy enough to hold the dowels and the thread.
The use of a box didn’t completely become obsolete. I can set these racks of thread horizontally or tray-wise without having to disassemble, then stack them and store them in one big box. What makes this effective for me is that they are arranged by color shades, so when I am working on a specific project, I need only take out the rack with the set of colors that I will be using. For any given project, I use two to three racks, at most. That is way better than having to rummage through fourteen different boxes for four different thread.
They are proving very useful and easy to make, I even made one to hold my baker's twine in the pantry.
Apart from thread spools and baker twine, this can-do-it project can also hold your collection of ribbons, rolls of washi tape and even bracelets or rings. It can hold absolutely anything that loops around a stick (well, preferably those that don't drip so bacon is out of the question).
So there you have it, a one-step DIY thread rack. The lesson learned today is that most of the time, there is always an answer, and it's not always shopping 😉