How To Store Your Sewing Thread Stash In Mason Jars ~ Easy and inexpensive DIY storage idea that displays your sewing thread stash beautifully!
You can say I have quite a few spools of thread! I used to sew a lot beginning when I was in high school and continued to sew most of my own clothes for several years after that. But I had to stop sewing when my children were born and I continued to work full time while they were growing up. It was really hard to find the time to get behind a sewing machine when life was so busy. I call the time before my children were born my BK (Before Kids) time. I still kept my thread collection from my BK days. Ten years ago my mother who was a very talented and an avid seamstress passed away. I inherited her sewing thread stash and added it to mine. I see my sewing thread stash as one of those things that is worth hanging on to for several reasons. You never know when you will need to use a certain colour for a mending or quick sew project, it is quite pricey to replace and it is a very special legacy and memory from my mother.
I do confess that I did not have my sewing thread stash very organized. I threw all of the spools in a plastic storage bin with a lid and kept it in a dresser drawer I use to store my sewing supplies. As you can see this system was not very functional because I could not really tell what colours I had or how many spools of each colour. When I rummaged through the bin looking for a certain colour the spools inevitably unravelled creating a tangled mess of wayward threads.
There are lots of other fabulous ideas for storing your sewing thread stash. All you have to do is search on Pinterest or Google for inspiration. But I chose to use mason jars for several reasons. They are inexpensive, don’t take up wall space, fit nicely in a drawer or stack nicely on a bookshelf or sewing desk. They make a very easy storage DIY project and most of all; the mason jars look really pretty filled with colourful threads!
This is also the first #12MONTHSOFDIY challenge. I have teamed up with eleven other talented Canadian bloggers to work together and create a different DIY project each month with a different assigned material. This month’s challenge is to come up with a DIY project using mason jars. Perfect timing!
Here are the instructions for…
How To Store Your Sewing Thread Stash In Mason Jars
- 250 ml (1 cup) mason jars
- black cardstock (or any colour that is your preference)
- small sharp scissors
- 2 cm (3/4”) wide black pattern washi tape (or any colour that is your preference)
- 1 cm (1/2”) wide labels
Step 1 ~ Sort Your Thread
Sort your thread by colour to find out how many mason jars you will need. If you only have one or two spools of thread in a certain colour you may want to combine colours in one jar. A jar filled with red, yellow and orange spools will look really pretty! I combined teal and aqua colours together in one jar.
You can also fill a mason jar with spools of thread that do not really fit in a colour category and call this one ‘Assorted’.
Step 2 ~ Trace Cardstock Jar Lids
If your mason jars are brand new remove the lids and keep the rims. Use one of the Mason jar lids as a tracer. With the topside up trace six circles per sheet of cardstock with a pencil. If you trace the circles with the bottom side up the circles will end up too big to fit in the rim.
Step 3 ~ Cut Cardstock Jar Lids
Cut out each circle. My experience has been that small sharp scissors are easier to cut with when trying to cut a nice round circle.
Step 4 ~ Decorate The Cardstock Jar Lids
Attach a strip of washi tape across the center of each cardstock circle. I found the easiest way to do this was to place the circle on top of the sticky side of the washi tape with a little bit of tape extra on the sides. Then just trim the extra washi tape with some scissors so it is flush with the edge of the circle.
Step 5 ~ Label The Cardstock Jar Lids
I used a label maker that I worked perfectly in my other organizing projects including Upright Freezer Organizing Ideas. If you do not have a label maker you can just make your own on the computer or handwrite or print your own labels.
Step 6 ~ Finishing Up
This is the fun part! Place the decorated and labeled circles inside the rim. There is no need to secure them with glue or tape. They will pretty well stay in place. Now fill the mason jars up with the corresponding thread colours. I found I could add more spools if they were placed standing up in the jar.
Final Comments: This is a very easy and inexpensive way to store your sewing thread stash. What I love the most is how pretty the spools of thread look organized in mason jars. I have to admit I really like this one-cup (250 ml) size of Mason jar! They were the perfect size for my Homemade Barbecue Spice Meat Rub Spice Gift.
I plan to store my jars of thread in two small drawers in an IKEA dresser that I have had for years.
This was the dresser when both our daughters were babies to store their little baby outfits. Now it stores my sewing supplies! Large Size Paper Storage Idea shows how I also used this dresser to create a hidden storage area. How To Organize And Store Fabric shows how I store my fabric stash.
This storage idea also works for other items! I plan to store my sewing pins and other similar sewing materials in mason jars. It is also a great way to store office supplies like paper clips, push pins and binder clips!
Your Turn: First of all, thank you for stopping by! I so appreciate you taking the time to check out ‘How To Store Your Sewing Thread Stash In Mason Jars”!
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY mason jar project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends…
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How to Store Your Sewing Thread Stash in Mason Jars from Time With Thea (That’s me!)