DIY Thread Spool Holder

Beautiful Spool HolderI really enjoy when I have wanted or needed something for my house for ages (but time, money or more important things get in the way of getting it) and then suddenly pops into my head, ‘OH I can make that’. It normally happens as all great things do when your not thinking about it and you come across an item or an idea and you go ‘Hey I’ve got it!’. Such a think happened this weekend when I needed a nail to hang a picture up and while rummaging through my nail/hardware junk tin I came across some very long nails which my dad had given me in his own tool box clear out. It suddenly clicked they would be the perfect size to fit thread spools on and I since I had wanted/needed a spool holder everything else came together in my head. The result my wonderful DIY thread holder which I made completely for free. yay!

You will need: A long piece of cardboard with a width that will fit the amount of spools you want, masking tape, fabric that will cover the cardboard, long nails (as many as you want spools), a hammer, sewing machine or needle and thread

spool holder cardboard1. Fold the the long piece of card board over several times so you get a rectangular piece with several layers of cardboard and then secure it with masking tape.

2. Take the fabric you want to cover it in and cut it to size. You want it to go around the cardboard shape covering back and front with enough space around the sides for a seam. Sew a seam around three sides  (or two if you have folded it over) with the right sides of the fabric facing. Turn the right way round and slip the cardboard into the pocket you’ve made, like a pillow into a pillowcase

spool holder cover3. You can finish the open edge by stitching a straight line across the the top with the excess fabric folded either in on it’s self or round to the back. As I had quite slippery material I used masking tape to secure it first (strong enough to hold in place but never damages fabric)

4. Measure out where you want to put your nails and mark them on the side of the cardboard you want to be at the front. You can mark with pen to make it clear as you will be driving the nails through the fabric so you won’t see the marks.

Spool holder with nails in 5. Place a nail one at a time on it’s mark and drive it through the fabric and cardboard until it reaches the other side but doesn’t go through the cardboard at the back. You want to drive each nail through at an angle, between 35-45 degrees to vertical so the spools don’t slip off. It’s also a good idea to do the hammering on top of a surface that won’t get damaged like a cutting board or another piece of cardboard.

6. The fabric will be pulled into the cardboard by the nail so to create a neat finish slowly pull it out  along the nail so it sits against the cardboard once more

spool holder up right7. You are then ready to use it. You can either lay it flat on a table or store on a shelf, or you can mount it on the wall. I will mount it eventually but I want to get the right positioning before I start nailing anything into my walls. To mount it I would probably use some smaller nails or pins that I could drive into the back of the holder, wrap string around them and make it like a picture frame. I would then use a standard picture hook to hang it.

spool holder with sewing machine

I love that I will now have easy access to my most used threads and they won’t sit in a box getting tangled up. I like the bright fabric I used, an of cut from a skirt I made a few years ago, which will brighten up my craft room walls when I hang it up. Have you ever had a project you just didn’t know how to do and it revealed itself in a flash of genius? or are you still looking for inspiration?

Lorna

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Thrifty & Nifty Food: Part 3 How to Shop

pumpkinLast week I wrote about all the different places you could possibly do your food shopping but I know that for many people they want to or need to still shop at a supermarket. So for todays post I am going to give you my hints and tips for how to shop when you go to the supermarket. These shops are designed to make you spend, spend, spend so you have to have your wits about you when you visit a store or you may come away blowing your budget on one too many BOGOF offers. A lot of these tips can also be applied to other places too.

 

  • Stick to the List– First and foremost this is the number one tip! After planning your meals you should have a list of ingredients you need to buy so simply just buy those items and you won’t spend on items you don’t need. Seems obvious but harder then you think. We all impulse buy.
  • Ignore the aisles– this is similar to the first tip, if you know what you want just go straight to the areas and aisles where you will find those items. If you wander up and down the aisles as the supermarkets have laid them out, you are more likely to buy things not on your list.
  • Ignore the Offers– Most BOGOF and sale offers are for processed, high fat, high salt, high sugar items. Supermarkets have been heavily criticised for providing these products at a much cheaper price then healthier alternatives. On top of that, any BOGOF items on the fruit and veg are often a waste as you will not be able to get through all that produce before it goes manky and therefore waste food and money.
  • But not all of them– Some times you can find really good offers and the best ones are normally on dried or tinned staples. You won’t waste these items as they keep for a long time and they are items that you will actually use.This is the only time when I deviate from a list as these offers are too good to avoid.
  • Know your weight– Learn to look at weights on packaging and on price labels. Sometimes two similar items might be different prices but you will realise one might have more in it. You need to decide is it better value to spend a bit more on more product or whether the cheaper one is better to buy.

nurtitional information and ingredients and important

  • Read the small print– Many people shy away from the basic food ranges but always compare that product with the standard and luxury range and you may find there is not a lot of difference to what goes in it. This can often be said about pre made products  where the percentage of ingredients can vary only by a few percent. Look at the ingredients on the package but also the nutritional information as it can indicate the quality of an item. For example, supermarket own brands of cordial have the same percent of fresh juice as your premium product such as robinson. Teach yourself out of thinking that expensive and special branding means better quality.
  • Use a basket– I originally started using a shopping basket because when you shop at Aldi they won’t let you pack your items away, they chuck it at you as fast as they possibly can to get it in the trolley (I once was winded by a cabbage that was rolled into my chest! no apology either) and then make you pack it away from the till but if you use baskets they make you put them away at the beginning of the check out so you get to pack it as you pay. Anyway… using a basket makes you think about what your putting in it as it gets heavier and heavier and it also limits that amount of items you can actually buy.
  • Don’t shop when hungry– This is pretty standard but very important. You will buy way to much and buy stuff that you can instantly snack on as soon as your out of the store.

So there we have it, shop smart to save pounds and think about what your doing when you go to the shops, don’t just walk around it like your a zombie!

Lorna

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