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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Shop News: Bottle Carriers

4 pack blue bottle top

Happy Monday every body and what a monday its been. Work at 6 this morning, finished at 9, did the food shop, put away the washing, put more laundary on, general tidy round, cut out pieces ready for sewing some new cool bags and aprons, cheese toasty in hand, writing this short post and it’s only just past 12 o’clock yet.phew! I think it must be one of the first good Monday feelings i’ve had in a while and i might just be because i love my new range of items i’ve been making for the shop. Bottle Carriers.

                                               black full

Made from Maker’s Meadow staple material malt sacks from Geeves Brewery, the bottle carriers came to me like a stroke of genius, even if i do say so myself. The boys at the Brewery have recently started bottling their wares and it seemed like a bottle carrier made from the malt sacks whose previous contents where used to make the bottled beet would be a perfect partner to a few of their tipples. The malt bags are sewn into a circular holder containing 6 or 4 pockets one for each beer. The sacking is super strong, so there is no chance of rips or tears, and the cotton handles make a comfortable strap to carry but are triple stitched to add further security to the holder. Nothing worse then precious beer being spilled.green geeves

We think they make a great present for beer lovers, just add a few of their favourite bevvy’s and you’ve got a ready made gift. If you want to try some of Geeves brewery new beers they are now being stocked online at Best of British Beer & Barley Hops. If your in South/West Yorkshire they are also avaliable at Beer Huis, Ossett,  Yorkshire Ales, Snaith and Blacker Hall Farm, Wakefield as well as many pubs we supply cask to as well. All the bottle carriers are now avaliable online on our Etsy or Folksy Shops and more colours will be avaliable soon.

Any beer fans in the readership today?

Lorna

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15 Uses:Pallets

Not your every day household rubbish but there is always a pallet here and there, dumped at the back of a house or in a skip. If you don’t come across any ask your local tradesmen if they have any, pallets are used to delivery ton of different items so chances are you’ll know business that has some lying around and they’ll be more then happy to let you take them off their hands. Today’s 15 uses will show you some great ideas for heading in from the cold, and displaying your favourite things in your home but there are also ideas for the garden. Just because it’s autumn or winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy working in the Garden, there is plenty to do while you don’t have to tend to your spring and summer plants and get ready for next year.

5 pallet uses for when coming in from the cold.

1. Park your muddy bikes and scooters in upturned pallets, it will keep them upright, out of the way and the rest of your garage or hallway mud free. You could staple gun PVC or plastic lining to the bottom to make it waterproof and mud-proof to protect your floor.

2. Now get your muddy shoes off and put them on an already made shoe rack, from a upright pallet. Simple and easy, screw into your wall for further stability.

3.  Attach hooks and pegs to a couple of upright pallets to create a coat and hat rack. You could even use the bottom as a shoe rack just like no.2.

4. Once your inside and dry, why not snuggle up in a little reading nook made from pallets and a cut to order piece of fabric covered foam. Add your favourite books, some cushions and a throw to make a cuddly place to hang out for the winter

5. Put your hot coco or mulled wine right next to you on a pallet built coffee table. Add a shelf for storage and you could even add wheels to make it easier to move around.

5 Display Ideas

1. An upturn pallet suspended from the ceiling with a few added hooks can make the perfect pan storage with extra room on top for casserole dishes and pots.

2.An upturned pallet with wheels on the bottom and a couple of sheets of glass on top makes a unique coffee table to show off your best books or memorabilia.

3. Make a display case for your favourite pieces of crockery, not only beautiful but a handy storage area. Just make sure you secure it well, you do not want to hear this coming down in  the middle of the night.

4. Make a feature of your bike and hang it on the wall. A couple of bars added to some wall mounted pallets creates the perfect place to store your bike creating a feature rather then being a inconvenient sight

5. Ready made shelving for your kitchen. Keep all your most used herbs, spices and oils to hand with this clever extra storage using vertical space

5 Garden Ideas

1. A porch swing  is a great creative way to use a pallet, a couple of ropes securely attached to the ceiling creates a great space to hang out

2. Pre made decking what could be easier. Sand, paint and varnish the wood to protect it from the weather and make it last for years. The example above even has plants growing through the slats, get creative and you could do so many thing with this material for a patio area.

3. Just like shoe rack this is super easy. Staple gun pvc to the back of a pallet, fill with potting soil and while its laid down, add your fav plants. Pull up and place where you want to create an easy garden arrangement. Its a great way to hide an ugly wall or fence and add some colour to your garden by using vertical space.

4. Treat and protect pallets and they make the perfect garden furniture for sofas or tables.

5. Make a helpful potting table  out of several pallets. Once again make sure you treat the wood to protect it and keep your garden furnishings in top nick for years to come

I can’t wait to make some of these, best find me some pallets but luckily enough i have some one make me a great example just the other week. IF you saw yesterdays post  about sourcing ethical drinks for a party you’ll have seen a snap of it but heres a better view of a bar made out of pallets and a plywood top. Screwed together but with hinges on joining bits so it can fold up for storage. Enjoy. 

Lorna

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