There’s nothing like moving to turn up your organizational skills a notch or two. I’ll show you how I set up my thread cabinet and organized more than 350 spools of embroidery thread!
If you recall from my blog on organizing thread, my last embroidery studio had wall-mounted peg board where I kept my collection of 1100-meter Floriani thread cones.
Upon moving, I decided to store my thread in a cabinet with soft-closing drawers. We purchased the IKEA Veddinge white cabinet, Sektion style, with six Maximera drawers. (Note: If you use larger cones, simply use deeper drawers. IKEA has various drawer depths.)
My husband cut white peg board to fit in the drawers. Instead of placing dowel rods in the holes, we glued golf tees between the holes, allowing for more thread storage. That way, I can get 72 cones per drawer. We used white construction Gorilla Glue that was in a tube.
I am still using my original method of organizing thread, keeping the cones in the same order as my Floriani thread chart. I place the thread numbers on key tags and slip them on golf tees to identify which thread is housed there.
I had to use a hole punch to make the hole larger on the key rings to fit the golf tees, but after a few extra punches, they work just fine. When I embroider, I can look at my thread/color chart and go right to the thread number needed. Or I can simply open a drawer and find the color I like. Either way, I can easily find where the specific color of thread should go back since everything has a place.
Here is my thread chest loaded with thread. You can see all the colors at a glance and everything stays tidy, dust free, in order, and safe from sunshine.
Add pretty drawer pulls (Hobby Lobby has a large selection of drawer pulls) and I've filled up five drawers which hold 360 spools of thread. I have one empty drawer. What will I fill that up with?
Initially, it does take some time but you only have to do it once. To me that's much better than having never-ending tangles and a big mess. I work better and am more productive when thinks are orderly. It definitely saves time in the long run for sure!
May your day be blessed with perfect stitches and GlitterFlex!!