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Sunday, July 8, 2012

DIY - Bobbin Mates Tutorial - No More Loose Ends!

I love the fact that my bobbins are no longer hooking up with each other in one tangled mess.  Everything I had seen before seemed like a huge hassle or you couldn't see the color of the thread at a glance like you can with these.  I saw this idea on Pinterest a while back, but I can not find it anywhere on my boards to give credit.  So, I took pictures along the way as I recreated what I could remember and probably changed it a bit since I am sure I missed some details or added some.  I hope you love it as much as I do.  Let me know what you think :-)

Things you will need:  
1.   Clear Vinyl Tubing (I found it in the plumbing section @ Home Depot) The 1/2"x3/8" size worked perfectly for my size bobbins.
2.  A sharp utility knife (I borrowed my hubby's Husky...shhh), I tried with scissors at first, my hands hurt after one.
3.  A cutting board.
4.  A measuring tape (mine is a Dritz), which I ended up not needing since I was eye balling it, and worked out just fine.
5.  A Sharpie Marker if you are going to use the measuring tape.
6.  And the most important thing you need is a tangled mess of bobbins.  :-)
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Things you will need :-)
Close up of the tubing label
I cut the tubing approximately 5/8' wide.  I didn't mark many of them, I started to eyeball it :-)
Now cut the small O shape tubes into a C shape by cutting down one side.

Some of my completed bobbins with their clear shields on them, No more loose ends!

Now they stack so nicely, I wonder if I can make something similar to go on the big spools of thread...haha :p

Now, I just need to figure out how to make these for my large spools of thread.  :-p   I am in the transition of moving my sewing area to a different room in the house.  I will post those pics soon also.  Any questions about this, feel free to ask me :-)

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy


  1. I am also in transition only we have some construction to do so my sewing room is in different parts of the house.

    1. Thanks so much for the response. I can imagine the chaos of not being able to find things you want when you want to use them. PS...When you get a moment, there is a chance to win fabric on my blog too, here is the link: Only 3 days left to enter :-)

  2. Oh my gosh this is brilliant!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, I am glad you like them also :-) They have been working perfect too. What is nice also is that when I am pulling one bobbin from my machine, I can take the C tube thingy (technical term) off of the new color and place it right on the one coming from the machine, no chance of losing one when you set it down then :-)

      PS...When you get a chance there is a contest running on my blog for FREE fabric! It ends tomorrow night, here is the link: Good luck! :-)

  3. Thank you for this tip. I buy thread net by the yard for my spools of thread and it works just as advertised.

    1. Hi Sydney :-) thank you for posting a comment. So you made these now also? I'm really excited you found it useful also! :-) Enjoy your weekend, Tiffiny

  4. Yes, yes, yes...more helpful and useful information. Thanks Tiffiny!

    1. Carlyn, I love these things too! Really simple to make also. Did you see my responses on your last comments? I caught myself spelling your name wrong. I won't do it ever again, promise you =) I hope you have a fantastic weekend and see you around the web I am sure! TGIF :-)