One of my favorite drawers in my 72-drawer card catalog renovation is the one holding my collection of embroidery thread. It’s just so pretty and totally appeals to the crazy, anal-retentive organization nerd in me. When I used to cross stitch, I had a little plastic bin that held a few bobbins, but I never really took it seriously. Then, I started making my Crocheted Friendship Bracelets and bought a pack of thread, but never got around to organizing it – they just sat all tangled up in a ziplock bag. But when I started filling up my card catalog, I knew IT. WAS. TIME. Time to attack the big rat’s nest of embroidery thread and make it somewhat usable, and hey, maybe pinnable!
I started by figuring out how to store the thread in the card catalog drawer. I got really lucky and realized that I could fit 3 normal cardboard bobbins across in the drawer. But because the drawer didn’t have a completely flat bottom, I needed to make sleeves for the bobbins themselves, otherwise, I’d just have a tangle of bobbins instead of a tangle of knots. So, I made some measurements and cut out 3 templates from a piece of posterboard. Then I glued them together to form 3 sleeves to fit inside the drawer.
Then came the fun part. Yah, as if the cutting of the posterboard wasn’t fun. At least I could do this part while watching tv, and I spent the whole time catching up on The Tudors. It was just me, my bobbins, and my tangle of thread. For days and days. There was a quick trip to Joann’s to buy more bobbing, and then more Tudors and more wrapping of embroidery thread. Finally, every last bit of thread had been wrapped on individual bobbins. I was looking forward to lining all these little beauties into my drawer!
But they didn’t all fit! ACK! I mean, I MADE them all fit, but it’s a bit of tight fit in there. And organizing a rainbow was harder than I thought it would be – crazy, isn’t it? Is this color a peach, or a cream, or a yellow? Does pink go to purple or does pink go into red? What happened to plain ol’ ROYGBIV?!
Anyways, I’m rambling. They all fit, eventually, after a lot of squishing, and now I have the most beautiful card catalog drawer in the world!
How do you organize your embroidery thread? I had considered wrapping around wine corks, but that took up too much room. What do you think?
That’s a drawer I would open just to look at 🙂
Isn’t it so satisfying when you organize something? I love that feeling! And this looks so pretty in the drawer! Happy Friday. ~Stephanie
Steph, that’s exactly how I feel! I always see those gorgeous organization photos on Pinterest and wonder how long it took them to stage it or organize it that way, and now I have my own little drawer of goodness. My husband wasn’t so impressed when I HAD to show him my handiwork, but yes, I do just open it and look sometimes 🙂
This is the best kind of satisfying. I mean, a good meal is unbeatable, but I feel so PRODUCTIVE, like I CREATED that – yeah! Man, I’m such a nerd for organization! Thanks Steph!
It is beautiful! What a neat idea. I wish I could find something like that.
Ooh, such pretty colors 🙂 It speaks to the organizer in me. I have mine wound on bobbins in the plastic boxes. Yours came out beautiful.
I used to have mine in the plastic boxes too, but then I got lazy and never wound them on bobbins – it was a total mess! Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks Brenna! I count myself pretty lucky to have scored a card catalog – otherwise, my embroidery thread would still be in plastic boxes and ziplock bags EVERYWHERE!
Your card catalog is a dream come true! I love this idea. I have been saving some old storage drawers that I have for old computer storage discs. Now I know how I will use them!
Thank you! I love storage drawers … and all the fun things you can keep in them 🙂
Where did you find the card catalog? I am trying to find one to surprise my sister.
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