Tame Your Bobbins

So, my little bobbin case usually doesn’t bring me much pleasure. I grab a bobbin and shut it before I can see the disarray.

However, a couple of weeks ago, Rachel, got her bobbins under control with a package of tubing that she found at Home Depot. I thought it was such a great idea that I thought I would like to share (plus there is a cheaper way).

Cost of taming your bobbins: only 75 cents

On the weekends, I work at a pet store. Any pet store or aquarium store has 2 different sizes of flexible plastic tubing; you are looking for the larger size, which is 5/8″. This can be found in the fish section. The tubing usually has 5/8″ printed right on it, so you’ll know you’ve got the right one. It is available by the foot, and 1 foot should be plenty (I only needed to use half). The one foot of tubing cost me only 75 cents.

So when you get your tubing home (I used my debit card to buy mine because I don’t normally carry cash…must have been the lowest sale of the day, lol), you’ll want to cut it into pieces using your scissors, between 1/4″ – 3/8″…it doesn’t have to be exact.

Take one of your sections and cut a slit. Since the tubing is flexible, it will retain its curve.

Slip one of these handy plastic pieces around your bobbin. It will keep the thread nicely in place. I like this technique better than others I’ve seen (rubber bands, pony tail holders, etc.), because the tubing is clear, and you can still see the colors of the thread while the bobbins are in the box.

And here is my beautiful bobbin case now! FYI the little threads poking out are the bitty pieces of thread at the bottom of my wound bobbins, so this thread will not be tangling inside the bobbin case.

I haven’t finished a sewing project this weekend, BUT I did get something accomplished! Woot woot!


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