Setting Up My Embroidery Studio: Thread Cabinet

SewInspiredByBonnie.com Embroidery Studio Thread Cabinet

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.)

SewInspiredByBonnie.com Embroidery Studio Thread Cabinet

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.

SewInspiredByBonnie.com Embroidery Studio Thread Cabinet

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. 

SewInspiredByBonnie.com Embroidery Studio Thread Cabinet

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.

SewInspiredByBonnie.com Embroidery Studio Thread Cabinet

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.

SewInspiredByBonnie.com Embroidery Studio Thread Cabinet

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!!

 

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  • Betty Bevill - September 26, 2019

    I have the same idea on peg boards hanging in the back of my closet in the sewing room.

  • Susan Paul - September 24, 2019

    Hi! Great idea!! Any ideas for organizing rolls of stablizer?

  • Bonnie Welsh - September 01, 2019

    Cathy—I have tried the Floriani thread app. I did a video on various apps for sewing a while back. Thanks for the reminder, I need to pull out the app to see what new colors have been added and which ones may have been discontinued. I love using my thread chart too (with real threads) as I can see the “real” colors and it’s portable to take to my machines. We need it all don’t we? =)

  • Cathy Rosynek - September 01, 2019

    Love your idea and thanks for sharing! Have you tried the Floriani thread app? Makes it so easy to track what threads you have, what you need and is updated for the new colors.

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 31, 2019

    Janet—Thanks! Copy away!!! =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 31, 2019

    Debra—I agree that I think it would fit for many brands of threads. =)

  • janet - August 31, 2019

    I love the way you did the thread cabinet.I need to copy that .

  • Debra Hammer - August 31, 2019

    I love this idea. My spools are all stored in clear plastic boxes that I found on Amazon. with the exception of one I purchased from my Floriani distributor. Most of my thread collection is not Floriani, but I hope to purchase that brand exclusively in the future as I build up my colors. This would be the perfect storage solution for all of my threads.

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 28, 2019

    Carolyn—I got the biggest that would fit in the area I had available. =) Actually I think it’s about 36" wide or so. I’m out of town so can’t measure. Mine was going between two doors so it needed to fit there. If I had had more room, I might have used 4 together and created a large island cutting space with drawers beneath. These pieces are completely customizable which makes it nice (and yet confusing too). But if I had room for more, I would have configured it differently as I can always use the extra storage. =)

  • CAROLYN BELKO - August 28, 2019

    Bonnie- what size Veddinge unit did you use? We are building a house and looking for efficient storage solutions. Thanks

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 27, 2019

    Ruthie—I just reread your note. If half of your colors are not listed on your thread chart, I’m guessing it’s time for a new or updated thread chart. =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 27, 2019

    Ruthie—I do have the entire collection but wanted it to be “flexible” in case they added colors. So I can move things around if needed. In your case, I might leave an open slot or two per row if I was actively “growing” my selections. I’d also make a small mark on my thread chart of the colors I had “in stock” so that when I went to the store to pick up a couple of new colors, I wasn’t repeating colors I already have. A simple dot or little mark of some sort next to the number is all you’d need to know you’ve got it at home. When I was just starting out I found I gravitated to the same colors and would buy duplicates. I’ve learned a lot since then. =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 27, 2019

    Williemae—Thanks! I couldn’t agree with you more!

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 27, 2019

    Marilyn—My husband made a very large wooden rack years ago. He recently painted it white (before it was just the natural wood color) and he hung it in my closet. =)

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 27, 2019

    Marie—Thank you so much!

  • Bonnie Welsh - August 27, 2019

    Linda—Thanks! The golf t’s have worked perfectly allowing for various sizes. =)

  • Ruthie Holmes - August 27, 2019

    I am just starting to set up my room and i find that half of my thread isn’t on the chart. How do you handle those spools? I have much less than you but want to start out right..

  • WillieMae Charles - August 27, 2019

    Good job Bonnie. And yes, sewing, and embroidery is much more fun when you are organized.

  • Melodie Gingras aka Melvin Johnson on Facebook - August 27, 2019

    I loved it so much I had to share it on Facebook…one day I’m going to do this!

  • Marilyn Nicotra - August 27, 2019

    Where do you store your serger thread?

  • Marilyn Nicotra - August 27, 2019

    Where do you store your serger thread?

  • Marie Davis - August 27, 2019

    Bonnie I really like this cabinet for organizing thread. Wish I had known about this before I purchased 2 plastic ones. Have thought about converting to your wonderful idea but at my age and health I have almost convinced myself to just go with what I have. Besides I just finished organizing my sewing area and as soon as I can I will get back to embroidering full blast. I do really, really like your thread storage though. You are amazing!

  • Linda Alford - August 27, 2019

    Bonnie, That is the nicest, well organized thread storage I’ve seen. The golf tees are a great idea. I tried the standard holes with dowel but the size of the spool was limited. Love it!

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