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How to make a scissor and stabilizer organizer for sewing and embroidery.

As I was walking around Goodwill the other day I came across this thing. IMG_0637

It is rough and ugly but I knew I could make it into something so I bought it.  It sat on the desk for a few days before I figured out what it would become.

It became this.


It now sits right behind and to the left of my sewing desk. If I need scissors, embroidery stabilizer, or a seam ripper all I have to do is turn around and ta da,  there it is.

The first thing I did was clean it with a damp rag.  It wasn’t very dirty so I didn’t need a scrub brush.  I did need a dowl for the stabilizer.  I loaded up the dog in the truck and took her to our favorite hardware store, Home Depot.  Home Depot is my favorite hardware store because it has everything.  It is the dogs’ because they will let her come in.

Once home I hit the dowl and the wood rack with krylon spray paint. My favorite decor color is blue.  I have a whole ocean/peace/tranquility thing going on.  After it dried it was just a matter of hanging it on the wall and putting my scissors, seam ripper, and stabilizer on it.

Super easy!  Super cheap! Super functional!


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How to make a thread organizer from an embroidery hoop.

I found several tutorials on how to make a thread organizer from an embroidery hoop.  But of course I went ahead and made it my way.

First gather your supplies:IMG_0780

Embroidery hoop that is adjustable.  I found large wood ones at the Humane Society Thrift store.

Wooden dowel with the circumference of  the opening in the spool of thread.  I used chopsticks for the first one but it came out kind of tacky looking. For the rest I bought dowels from Home Depot.

Narrow Ribbon in any color of your choice.  I made 5 thread organizers and used a different color for each.  Originally I bought the ribbon from Hobby Lobby for another project and had some left for this project. IMG_0781 (1)


Wood Glue, Clamps, newspaper or cardboard.IMG_0779 (1)



After you gather all of your supplies put it together like in the picture below.IMG_0641.JPG

I slid in a piece of dowel and put a clamp then repeated all the way around.  When that was done I turned it upside down and put glue on the bottom of each dowel.

Once it is dry thread the ribbon through the part of the hoop that had the screw to tighten the hoop.  IMG_0782


Hang on the wall.  Put your spools and bobbins on it.  I suggest hanging it above your head so that you don’t bump into it when you push back your chair.  I learned this the hard way. Several times.




Happy Organizing!