Spool Kabobs

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Sometimes the pillow stuffing I buy has wooden chopstick-like instruments packed inside to help poke the fluffy stuff into tight corners. I’ve been collecting them in my desk drawer knowing that someday a light bulb would go on and I’d think of a creative way to use them. It did! :) I wrapped embroidery floss around each grooved end to create a “stop,” slipped my thread over the sticks, and stood them up in a parfait bowl to display on a shelf. Now, instead of hiding away in a tote bag, the colorful spools are an easily-accessible part of my sewing room decor. I love it! ♥

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  1. That’s really cool! I’ll bet that would work with ribbon spools, too. You could even screw small hooks onto a piece of plywood (or wall) and slip the ends onto it so that they can hang up. I can see much potential, here! :)

  2. LOve this idea! Beautiful and functional! They look great in that cup love a bouquet! I’d love to feature this on my blog!

  3. Very pretty. I’ve also seen something like this with a bobbin along with the thread to keep them together. If it’s anything like me, I can never find the bobbin (and I hate to wind new ones). Ummm, one question … what do you do when you want to actually use one … my luck it would be in the middle. Do you have thread spool stops on both ends?

    • It just takes a second to dump them off the appropriate stick, get the one I want, and put the rest back on. I think that will work! :) And I LOVE your idea of putting the bobbins with them! I must try that! :)

  4. You are a true possibilitarian as I discussed in blg “In search of possibilities”. We all collect things that will one day have a possible use and sure enough they do. The sign of a true craftsperson. I just want to know what you used as a bottom stopper. I love them. :)

    • All I did was wrap some colorful embroidery floss around several times and seal it with a dab of glue. Easy . . . and one more shot of color! :) And thank you for the compliment! I think it comes from (1) never being rich (in $ I mean!) and (2) being a mommy and an elementary teacher. And could you send me a link to the post you mention? I’d love to read it! :)

    • Thank you so much! It’s just one of those ideas I woke up with one morning! :) I DIDN’T post about my experiment with putting one of those sticky magnets on the ends of the spools and attaching them to the magnet board over my desk . . . they kept falling on my computer . . . and they were REALLY loud . . . :)

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  6. what a clever idea. My Mom has like a million spools and she is always having a hard time finding the one she wants. I think its time i helped her organize her sewing items! thanks!

  7. Love this idea, but was a bit sad that I don’t have those sticks. Later I remembered hardware and craft stores sell dowels… bingo! Now I can make them, too! Thanks so much for all your gorgeous ideas!

    • Thank you! I’m enjoying them SO much! So easy to spot and grab the color I need, and they look so colorful on my shelf! Don’t you just love it when an idea pops into your head and it works??? :)

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