Sewing Studio Organization: Thread Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time keeping my sewing space organized.  For one thing, there’s just too much stuff in there…unfinished projects, scraps I can’t bear to throw away, gadgets I thought I needed.  So the first step for me is going to be cleaning out.  Then I plan to find a place for everything I NEED to keep.

I think I’ll start easy, though, with thread.  While I do have most of it on a wall organizer,  it’s not enough to hold everything and there’s a lot of old thread on there that is probably all dried out at this point.  I need to throw those away along with the spools with very little thread left on them.  Or save them for some other crafty project??? NO!!! That’s how it got so cluttered to begin with!

Here are some inspiring thread storage ideas I found on Pinterest:

I love this shelf with a simple nail under each spool to hold the corresponding bobbin!  So smart.




This design could work perfectly on the built-in shelves I have and with the long spool pins you can put your bobbin on top (see bottom shelf!):



Spice drawer organizer?  Clever!





I’ve seen several people using these  Ikea Alex cabinets.  I like the drawer idea to prevent dust.




It is highly likely, however, that I will order a couple of these.  I mean, Martha designed them so…



Do you have any good ideas for thread organization?  Any tips or links?  I’d appreciate your help!




  1. We are currently decorating our house and one thing um looking forward to is the studio/office I defiantly opt for a wall spool feature then a drawer one as I know I won’t put the threads away opening a drawer takes too much time 😉

  2. I have been thinking along these lines myself! I must get rid of all the ‘old’ scraps and organise my sewing area so that I can find things quickly, without having to delve into the depths of yet another basket! I like the spool holder with nails underneath – neat idea!

  3. Thread should not be stored in daylight–as some of yours is. It should be in a drawer (yes to spice storage) or a cabinet. Thread stored in light will deteriorate and/or fade. You should throw out all thread on wooden spools–too old. Don’t get rid of spools with a small amount of thread–use them for basting or small mending jobs. Keep them together.

  4. I have the Martha Stewart thread racks and love them. If I had more space I would use the drawer idea but the rack works for me.

  5. I love seeing all the candy! I had no idea thread should be stored in drawers. Thank you for the tip Sandra.

  6. Tamara Espinosa says:

    I love my tall Ikea freestanding Kitchen cabinet. Works great, cheap, and I didn’t have to build 😉

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