Momma’s Embroidered Do-Rag

 

It’s Kick-off Day for the Love my Scarf Blog Tour!  September is not only National Sewing Month but it’s also Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month so join us in making scarves for cancer patients. Our goal is to collect 10,000 scarves – that’s a lot of scarves so we’re going to need your help. Visit each of the stops on the blog tour – pick a favorite project or two and make a scarf.  You can send your scarf to us – we’re donating the scarves to cancer treatment centers here in Dallas, TX – or drop it off at participating sewing machine retailers all across the nation. The list of dealers is growing daily – look for the Love My Scarf Bin in your local shop. If you don’t spot, ask for it.   Many dealers are hosting Serge, Stitch and Sew days.  These events are open to all crafters – sewists, embroiderers, knitters and crocheters.  Wouldn’t it be fun to team with crafters a little bit out of your favorite hobby?  After all, we’re all fiber artists, no matter how you like to twist, bend, shape, cut, stitch or knit your fiber.

Momma’s Embroidered Do-Rag

Scarves don’t have to be long and flowing; they can also be snug and cozy. Also known as do-rags, they offer warmth and comfort for everyone and are perfect for people suffering from hair loss. Stitching a ‘do-rag’ is fast, easy and fun. In fact, you can stitch six from one yard (60″ wide) of four-way stretch knit. Add some delicate embroidery designs to put a feminine touch on this classy head wrap for a woman or go for a more masculine look for guys. They get cold too!

Five Ways to Wear

  1. Scrunch the tube together and slide it over your head. Keep part of the tube scrunched near the hairline and pull the remainder over the crown of the head to cover the head. Now, work the scrunched part down over the forehead.
  2. Turn the tube wrong side out. Slide your hands into the tube like a muff and pull the opposite end back onto itself. A knot will appear, work the knot close to one end. Use both hands to spread the tube open, creating a ‘cap’. Pull the cap over your head, with the knot towards the back of the head.
  3. Scrunch the tube together and slide it over your head. Leave it scrunched at the crown of the head to create a headband.
  4. Scrunch the tube together and slide it over your head. Keep part of the tube scrunched near the hairline and pull a bit back over the top of the head to create a wide headband.
  5. Wear around the neck.

Materials

  • Embroider-a-Cure* embroidery designs
  • Embroidery editing software
  • Water soluble mesh-type stabilizer

Open design #BTD014 from the Embroider-a- Cure design pack in your embroidery editing software. You can also use your own design, or buy the Embroider-a-Cure design pack to get access to design shown. You can find the pack at http://www.dzgns.com. *A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Embroider-a-Cure design pack will go to the Be The Difference Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing the survival rates for women with ovarian cancer.

Select one ribbon.

Open a new screen and paste the ribbon into the sewing field.

Select your largest hoop and turn on the grid. Continue to copy/paste the ribbons and place them 2″ apart. Rotate each one individually to get a random appearance. Save the design and send it to your machine. Cut 4-way stretch knit fabric 21″ (crosswise stretch) x 20″. Place water soluble stabilizer (mesh-type) over the outer ring of the embroidery hoop. Place one corner of the fabric over the stabilizer. Insert one end of the hoop and gently stretch the fabric (crosswise stretch) before inserting the remainder of the hoop. Stretching the fabric before embroidering allows the fabric to expand during wear.

Attach the hoop to the machine stitch the design. Once complete, repeat the process and fill another area with ribbons. I stitched four hoopings on my fabric.

Slit the stabilizer between the rows then trim right next to the embroidery. The more stabilizer you remove, the easier it is to rinse away the remainder.
Fold in half, right sides together, so that the fabric now measures 10 ½” x 20″. Sew with ½” seam allowance. Leave the other ends unfinished, they’ll be hidden when worn.

T-shirt Do-Rag

This is great way to recycle -shirts. Cut the t-shirt across the body at the underarm seam. Keep the hem intact, you’ll use it as the front of the headband/scarf when worn.

Trim the t-shirt tube down to 9″ x 20″- it’s cut a bit narrower than the embroidered scarf because it will stretch more without the added embroidery.

Serge the side seam. Done!

How easy was that?

 

What is Love My Scarf?

Each year over 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. These women are our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. We aim to support these beautiful, courageous women by asking you to donate handmade or store-bought head scarves for them. Your scarf donation can be knitted, embroidered, embellished, crocheted or any other medium you prefer. We will donate all of the scarves you send in to cancer centers so that they can be used as head covers for women. Our goal is to donate 10,000 scarves and we hope you will join us and participate in Love My Scarf for these incredible women.

 

How to Participate

Visit your local sewing dealer and look for the Love My Scarf donation bin or mail your scarves to:
Attn: Be The Difference Foundation 2517 Manana Rd, Dallas, TX 75220

Love My Scarf Blog Tour Stops

Please stop by these blogs on the Love My Scarf Blog Tour and see their unique scarves which will all be donated at the end of the tour and see what prizes you can win along each stop as well.

August 28th Eileen Roche http://www.dzgns.com/blog/
August 29th Peas in a Pod http://www.peasinapod.typepad.com/
August 30th Riley Blake Designs http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/
August 31st Nancy Zieman http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/
September 1st We All Sew http://www.weallsew.com/
September 2nd Stitched by Crystal http://www.stitchedbycrystal.com/
September 3rd Totally Stitchin http://totallystitchin.net/
September 4th Eileen Roche http://www.dzgns.com/blog/

 

Be The Difference

The Be The Difference Foundation was formed by four ovarian cancer survivors in different phases of survivorship who all share the same passion, to Be the Difference and end the fight against ovarian cancer. Our mission is to help women increase their chance of survival of ovarian cancer by raising money to fund programs for better treatment options, effective early screening, symptomatic and genetic predisposition awareness and a cure. Learn more at bethedifferencefoundation.org

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125 Comments on Momma’s Embroidered Do-Rag

  1. Mary Haggenmaker
    August 28, 2013 at 9:15 am (6 years ago)

    I have 3 thread racks on my pegboard directly behind my machine and stretching down to the left. One is for large cones and the other 2 hold the mini-kings. I try my best to keep them in some resemblance of order but that has to be redone occasionally. I also have the thread stand that fits on the back of my machine where I line up the thread that is going to be used for the project that I will be working on.

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  2. Leora B
    August 28, 2013 at 10:16 am (6 years ago)

    I have a plastic container with 3 drawers filled, also a wood treasure chest of thread, with a few still sitting in their boxes of multi colored thread mixtures. my goal is to sort them by color and, brand, weight and color number.. well see how far i get by winter 🙂

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  3. beth daniels
    August 28, 2013 at 10:18 am (6 years ago)

    I have two thread racks in my sewing room, one rack looks like an open house with shelves for my thread hung on the wall (got it at a garage sale years ago). I keep a piece of vinyl sheeting over both of them to keep dust from the thread. I also have three clear plastic bins for embroidery thread, two for rayon embroidery thread and one for polyester embroidery thread. I also have another clear plastic bin for my extra double duty coats and clark thread of miscellaneous colors. I use them for sewing garments and piecing for quilts. I also have my few spools of quilting thread in a separate draw.

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  4. Sandy Wahl
    August 28, 2013 at 10:23 am (6 years ago)

    Right now my sewing thread is on the desk beside/behind my sewing machine. My embroidery threads are in a bin type drawer – just tossed all together.

    I really want an over the closet door thread rack – so it can be closed into the closet when not being used and I can see all the colors I have easily. DH will have to make that for me!

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  5. Cande Gordon
    August 28, 2013 at 10:30 am (6 years ago)

    My husband used a Billy Bookcase from Ikea. He cut peg board to fit the upper hal of the cabinet back and then framed that with molding. We used peg hooks to hand all of the spools on. I arranged them by color groupings and we finished it off with doors that are half glass and half wood. The lower half has shelves and is where I store misc thread, books etc. concealed behind the wood half. It looks very bright and pretty. Like having a rainbow on my wall!

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  6. Greta Kanegae
    August 28, 2013 at 11:50 am (6 years ago)

    I bought a tall, skinny chest at Ikea, top opens to a “jewelry” storage area with a mirror, I keep scissors and tweezers in there. Next comes 2 half size drawers, I keep cotton thread and the teeny spools like Gutermann in one, and all my manuals and target stickers in the other, then there are 4 larger drawers, one for my Admelody thread, one for blue, red, green and purple shades, one for yellow, orange, brown, black and white plus shades and the lowest for serger thread. I have had it about 3 years, love it. Thread is easy to find and stays dust free and out of the light.

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  7. Lorel Maple
    August 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm (6 years ago)

    My husband retrofit 5 different colored, plastic, 12×12 cases for scrapbooking paper with pegboard inserts containing glued-in dowels spaced to fit standard embroidery thread spools. The blue case holds all shades of blue, etc. With handles on the end, it’s easy to retrieve the colors I need, even if the cases are stacked on top of each other. I have the same setup for garment sewing thread, only in clear cases. When I travel to a retreat, I load everything I will possibly use that weekend into just one case and lock it shut. I’m happy to be married to an engineer who LOVES to retrofit!

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  8. Judy Wentz
    August 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm (6 years ago)

    I have lots of thread. My quilting and sewing threads are on racks mounted to a wall in thr Fabric Room. My embroidery thread is in plastic rolling carts that a sorted by color. My metallic thread is in its own drawer, and all drawers are labeled by color.

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  9. Rita Dougherty
    August 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    I use the plastic 4 or 5 drawer cabinets, then fit in the drawers the flat plastic thread holder boxes with the pegs. Works great. I use the deeper drawers for the bigger spools, or not used often colors.

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  10. Jackie Ames
    August 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I have 3 plastic containers and a wooden chest to hold my thread.The containers have pegs to keep the thread on, and the drawer is in sections via color with spools laying down. I like the clear plastic as it is easy to see what colors I have or need.

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  11. Penny Martin-Holly
    August 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I keep my Floriani embroidery thread colors that I use most often on a two-sided turnstile, organized by color, and enclosed with clear acrylic doors, on my worktable. I have the remaining Floriani colors organized by color, in a cabinet with drawers. My remaining threads from other companies are organized by color and type of thread (embroidery – polyester, rayon, and cotton; sewing – regular and cotton),in drawers in a separate cabinet. I keep my quilting threads in a wooden carrying box, with my main quilting supplies.

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  12. Susan J
    August 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm (6 years ago)

    It all depends on the thread: The Isacord is stored in plastic drawers and arranged according to the Isacord thread color chart. The Maderia rayon is stored in a Koala treasure chest that fits into my Koala cabinet. Other thread I have collected along the way is stored in boxes or plastic drawers. When I am “auditioning” thread for a project, I pull all the likely contenders and place them on a wooden rack with dowels until I decide.

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  13. Laurene
    August 28, 2013 at 3:12 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a wall holder with Madeira threads in rows by color. Then a have a drawer with threads arranged by type of thread and number . My Robinson Anton threads are in a drawer by themselves and I have others by type in the rest of the drawers in a rolling tote. My sewing room is to be expanded soon and then I will be able to arrange the threads much better.

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  14. BJMarley
    August 28, 2013 at 4:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I have several thread organizers. I have a chest full of embroidery threads. Other embroidery threads are in plastic cases. I have a couple of spool racks, but I have more threads than I have space for.

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  15. Kristi D.
    August 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I have my thread stored in plastic bins by color. It was really nice and neat until I bought lots more thread and no more bins. Way to full. Looking for a new way to store all my threads so I can see them all. They are so pretty and it makes me want to make something when I see them.

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  16. Jill
    August 28, 2013 at 9:17 pm (6 years ago)

    I found a wide dresser at Goodwill. Turned it into a Shabby Chic sewing area. My embroidery machine is on top (I like to stand up to embroidery) My threads are stored in the 6 drawers below.

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  17. Linda W
    August 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my thread in plastic bins and boxes by brand and then color number. For easy reference, I created a chart on the computer where I keep a record of the thread I have listing it by brand and color number. I also include the color name on the chart.

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  18. Barbara
    August 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I have my polyester embroidery thread in 5 plastic thread boxes, organized by color. The garment sewing thread is less organized, with one set in its display case and the others in my thread drawer. Wish I had a solution for the serger thread!

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  19. Becky358
    August 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm (6 years ago)

    What was the decision on the black and orange quilt sash?

    Right now I am in a planning stage of thread storage and currently they are divided I about 6 plastic boxes separated by color and all boxes are in a bigger box suitable for mobility.

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  20. Donna Schell
    August 28, 2013 at 9:46 pm (6 years ago)

    I have 8 clear plastic thread boxes that hold 30 spools each(Floriani). I have a spreadsheet on Excel that lists in number order the colors I have in each box- which I lettered A, B, C… Of course, as I go on to new projects I have to purchase new colors and they are just added to the spreadsheet and put into next lettered box. When I need threads I just feed the numbers into my search for my spreadsheet and find whether I have that color and if so which box its in. I am a little OCD I guess!

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  21. Sandra
    August 28, 2013 at 10:00 pm (6 years ago)

    My threads are on thread stands mounted on sewing studio wall. A curtain rod is extended out far enough to clear the spools and curtains protect from the light.

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  22. Mary
    August 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm (6 years ago)

    My embroidery threads are stored in thread organizers by numbers to keep the dust off them. All other threads are also kept in thread boxes. All purpose in their thread boxes by color, as are serger threads. Every now and then some have to be sorted back into the organizers.

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  23. Penny Kitzmiller
    August 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I have thread on my spool racks and in bins!! Some just sitting around on my tables..

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  24. Beth R
    August 28, 2013 at 10:07 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my threads in clear plastic thread storage boxes, organized by type of thread (rayon, poly, silk) and size (40 wt, 60 wt, etc.) and color (reds/pinks, blue, grays, yellows, and so on). Keeping the spools in the boxes keeps them dust-free, and the clear boxes allow me to see the colors.

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  25. Sandra Sanders
    August 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my thread in a three-drawer plastic storage chest. I got tired of the identification labels falling off, so I used a permanent marker to write the color number on the top of each spindle. The spools are organized in numerical order in each drawer. I keep the color name/number sheet nearby for reference.

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  26. deb bremer
    August 28, 2013 at 10:10 pm (6 years ago)

    My husband took pegboard and wood then made a frame with the wood and put the peg board on top of it. The dimensions are about 5′ long by 4′ wide. Then I took dowels and glued them in each hole leaving spaces between each for my emb thread and my serger cones. It works so great I organize them by color and I am good to go. There are even some pegs I put my bobbin thread on I just love it and him!

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  27. Donna G.
    August 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my threads by color, in labeled plastic boxes, on shelves attached to a peg board. It makes it very easy to choose the colors I need.

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  28. Linda Seemann-Korte
    August 28, 2013 at 11:45 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi!
    I store my thread in plastic scrapbooking cases in a cabinet that holds the cases. The cases are opague plastic so I can see what is in each one. The entire cabinet fits under my counter and I pull it out when I need thread! Works great!

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  29. Pat Baker
    August 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm (6 years ago)

    I was using an antique thread cone holder, until I outgrew it! Now I find that all my threads fit in a 12×12 plastic scrapbook storage container. I can double the number if I flip the extras over and nestle them between the first layer spools. I also have marked the color # and name with a sharpie on both ends of the spool so it doesn’t matter which “end is up” – I can find the thread. I also have them sorted alphabetically by name, because I HATE wasting time searching for the right one! With the scrapbook container, I can just grap it and go, and I know I have all my threads in one place (at least so far! – LOL!)

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  30. Judy G
    August 29, 2013 at 1:11 am (6 years ago)

    My thread is sorted first by type (all purpose polyester, 100% cotton, embroidery), then by color. The thread is then stored primarily in wheeled carts with drawers. Smaller spools are on wall hanging peg units, although I would like to get these into some type of storage unit the keep them dust free. I haven’t decided which type of storage unit would work best for me. I keep bobbins on several Clover bobbin stack ‘n store units. Each bobbin unit is clearly labeled by thread type. Where thread size matters, the stack and store units also designate the weight of the thread.

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  31. Shirl R
    August 29, 2013 at 3:33 am (6 years ago)

    I keep my rayon and polyester threads in separate clear plastic boxes that I buy at JoAnn’s and they are arranged in color groups, so I can see all the greens together, etc. The spools fit on pegs within the boxes that have handles on them for ease of carrying. I keep my quilting and general use threads in separate boxes also. For fast general-sewing fixes, I keep large spools of white, grey, beige, black and navy blue threads (along with their bobbins attached to the threads, in the storage area of one of my sewing cabinets for easy access at all times.

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  32. Nancy Weber
    August 29, 2013 at 6:20 am (6 years ago)

    I have several thread racks affixed to the side of a 4 level heavy duty plastic shelving unit. I try to keep them organized by color as well as type, but the granddaughters love to reorganize them for me!

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  33. Janie Mason
    August 29, 2013 at 7:03 am (6 years ago)

    I keep one brand of my embroidery thread on a dowel thread organizer, then I also have a vintage thread box that came out of a store so I keep another brand of embroidery thread in two of the drawers and I keep sewing thread in another drawer in that box.

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  34. Cathy
    August 29, 2013 at 7:24 am (6 years ago)

    I keep my embroidery thread stored in plastic thread organizers, organized by color. My cotton quilting/sewing thread is in plastic matchbox car organizers, also sorted by color.

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  35. Darlene Gerber
    August 29, 2013 at 7:43 am (6 years ago)

    I store my thread in multiple plastic containers. Of course they are different sizes, so they don’t stack well. Most of them are clear so I can see the thread. The thread was sorted by color, until recently, I need to take the time to re-sort!!

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  36. Agnes B. Bullock
    August 29, 2013 at 8:19 am (6 years ago)

    I kep my threads stored in plastic bins from KMart, and have them sorted by color- want to keep dust off the spools!

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  37. Linda E
    August 29, 2013 at 8:20 am (6 years ago)

    I store embroidery thread in plastic storage cases made for miniature cars. They were purchased at Walmart and have room for 48 spools. I have 8 and each holds 1 color in various shades. Serger thread is stored in an antique store display of narrow glass front drawers and everyday thread is stored in a spool cupboard.

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  38. Patty Sack
    August 29, 2013 at 8:24 am (6 years ago)

    I have my thread on thread racks and in thread storage boxes. It is sorted by color.

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  39. Sandi Cunningham
    August 29, 2013 at 9:23 am (6 years ago)

    First I have 2 Gutermann storage cases screwed to the studs. One is filled with regular sewing thread and the other has Sulky embroidery. I have multiple (June Tailor)racks on the walls. One for cones, one for regular sewing thread and another for larger embroidery spools. All (except the embroidery thread is sorted by color. The embroidery thread is sorted by number, so when I have a project I can check if I have it. I would love it to be like a rainbow, but cannot figure out how I would ever find those colors! I love seeing my threads on the wall. Beautiful!

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  40. Carol K E
    August 29, 2013 at 9:42 am (6 years ago)

    I have my serger thread in an open wicker basket. Sewing thread is in the seat of my sewing seat, and embroidery thread is in plastic thread storage cases arranged by color. I keep the thread for the current project on a dowel stand near the machine.

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  41. CathyE.
    August 29, 2013 at 10:05 am (6 years ago)

    OMG! So many wonderful, organized thread retention solutions! Now I feel like the Thread Troll Queen! I have a 1960’s steel data punch card storage cabinet. All my thread spool trolls are in drawers labeled by colors…tucked away in the darkness. Every once in a while a few escape into the light to explode in a clear plastic spool storage box next to my embroidery machine. Utter chaos!

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  42. venita
    August 29, 2013 at 10:27 am (6 years ago)

    I have my thread organized by its use and then by color. I was going to take inventory of my thread for insurance purposes and I got to over 10,000 spools and I decided to take photos instead. I don’t believe that will be as good as an actual count but ‘so be it’. This includes serger, embroidery, quilting and general sewing!! Thank you

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  43. Anne Marie Reilly
    August 29, 2013 at 10:57 am (6 years ago)

    My threads are sorted by color and stored in plastic containers that have spools. The rayons are stored in boxes marked rayon and polyester in boxes marked polyester.

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  44. Connie W.
    August 29, 2013 at 11:08 am (6 years ago)

    I store my thread in plastic containers, similar colors close to each other, in several different areas of my sewing room, keeping polyesters and rayons near embroidery machine, serger thread near serger, etc. I also keep my 60 wt. threads that I use as bobbin thread in a separate container. Same for metallics. I love the look of thread stored on racks on a wall but I think it might be better for the thread to be in containers.

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  45. Karen Rilstone
    August 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I use those narrow plastic stands with several drawers to store my thread. Each drawer holds a different color like red, blue, green etc. I have a different stand for rayon and polyester and a separate stand for other threads such as metallic, cotton…..

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  46. Ruth Thompson
    August 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my threads in different plastic drawers depending on the type. Regular sewing thread has its own drawer, embroidery thread has a drawer and a plastic case to separate by color, my serger thread is in a deep drawer that it can stand up in, and the machine quilting thread is stored in a big drawer with my other quilting supplies.

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  47. Janet Floyd
    August 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm (6 years ago)

    I keep my embroidery thread
    on the wall near my embroidery machine. My sewing thread is on racks onthe wall near my sewing machine. My cotton thread is in a container in the desk.My serger thread is under the the serger. That is how I keep from mixing them up.

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  48. Vicki B.
    August 29, 2013 at 5:06 pm (6 years ago)

    You name it! I have some neatly arranged by color in storage cases, some are in a plastic bin and yet others are in a bag.

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  49. Alice M. Hook
    August 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I keep my Madeira rayon thread spools in Art Bin thread boxes from JoAnn’s. They are sorted by color number as my embroidery machine is programmed with Madeira thread by its color number. So convenient!

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  50. Sandy E
    August 29, 2013 at 9:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I have three single plastic trays made for silverware/utensils that hold Guitterman spools of thread- light, medium and dark. These are in a top side drawer of my sewing table. Easy to find what I want.

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  51. Louise Dianni
    August 30, 2013 at 7:37 am (6 years ago)

    I use the Rubbermaid? wall shelf system (for closets) with the thread cones on the TILTED SHOE racks just above my sewing table. I sew by color not # and have to see all color variations available. Smaller cones Isacord are on one rack but have switched to larger Magnifico by Superior Threads and they are on lower rack, fabrics on upper shelves. Just need to add more thread shelves!!

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  52. Bev Crabb
    August 30, 2013 at 9:37 am (6 years ago)

    I was excited to read all the ways of storing thread. I am still searching for the perfect (?) solution. I do keep my thread divided by type, but it gets tucked with a project and then all bets are off!

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  53. Nancy Owens
    August 30, 2013 at 10:03 am (6 years ago)

    My sweet Santa brought me a Gutermann home sewers rack complete with thread for my all purpose thread, and I have my embroidery thread and serger thread in plastic bins in the closet. I also have a 3 drawer plastic box that hold more all purpose thread. Then when I bought my Kola sewing cabinet, it came with a 3 drawer chest that slides into a shelf beside the sewing machine, that came with tread too! I have plenty of thread, now I just need plenty of time!

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  54. Mary Parker
    August 30, 2013 at 11:41 am (6 years ago)

    Hi Eileen,
    I store my regular thread in little drawers by color and my embroidery thread in the plastic thread boxed by color. I really like the plastic boxes they are easy to take to classes!
    Thanks!
    Mary

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  55. calla
    August 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm (6 years ago)

    My Embroidery thread is on a wooden thread rack hung above my embroidery Machine. I made a cover out of clear plastic to keep them clean but still let the beautiful colors show thru.
    Serger thread is kept on an old wooden Coke crate my hubby turned into a rack and hung on the wall. (Really cute next to the 40 yr old quilt hanging over my sewing machines)
    My sewing thread I keep in a plastic thread organizer box with the matching bobbins attached with bobbin buddies.
    Any other questions? lol lol I’m a threadahaulic, but it’s neat!

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  56. Stephanie in MI
    August 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm (6 years ago)

    HI Eileen, I love the t-shirt doo-rag! I also love the subtle embroidery you did. Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your blog tour. I had so much fun with it!

    Stephanie (AKA Mama Pea)

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  57. JJ
    August 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm (6 years ago)

    My thread is in plastic zip bags that came with my sheets and pillow cases. Some are large so I have embroidery thread in them and the smaller ones hold metallic or other varieties that I don’t have a large assortment. My serger thread is in a plastic bin. I too am on the look-out for something better but these work and it is recycling so it makes me feel good about using something I already have on hand.

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  58. Gina snyder
    August 31, 2013 at 12:57 am (6 years ago)

    My thread is organized in separate plastic storage containers by color. Oh, and the specialty threads I have are in a container of their own.

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  59. Birdie Cade
    August 31, 2013 at 10:24 am (6 years ago)

    I have a old filing cabinet in the basement where I have most of my embroidery thread sorted by color # in plastic containers. Unfortunately all my thread isn’t there quite yet.

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  60. Cindy M
    August 31, 2013 at 10:29 am (6 years ago)

    My sewing machine sits right by a window, so to protect the thread from light all my Madeira threads are kept in the treasure thread chest.I found an inexpensive decorative paper box at my local fabric store that just fits on top my thread chest. I keep all my other embroidery threads in that (because I still didn’t have enough colors! Ha!)- laying on their sides so colors are easy to view and organized in color groups – sort of. This all sits on the giant old office desk I use for my sewing table.

    For my regular sewing thread I have it all organized by color on a large inexpensive thread rack that stands below my cutting table. This too protects it from direct light. A similar thread rack but with bigger rods sits against the wall behind the old library table upon which the serger sits and holds all the serger thread.

    My husband calls it the “mom-cave” and I love it! It is in the raised basement of the house so I have wonderful lighting. Now if I just had more time to spend in it…..

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  61. Mom C
    August 31, 2013 at 11:37 am (6 years ago)

    My husband made me a thread rack that hangs to the side of my sewing machine. Then I got into FMQ and have been buying larger spools. They are in 2 drawers across the room.

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  62. LeAnne L
    August 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my thread in thread organizers by color. I have three different styles. I then stack those in three plastic bins with open fronts that are under my cutting table.

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  63. Rosemary O'Koren
    August 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I use to be a librarian so I have an old card catalog that my husband took apart so I have my threads in drawers according to color and type. Threads are separated by types and then color.

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  64. Jane Anderson
    August 31, 2013 at 3:37 pm (6 years ago)

    I stored my embroidery threads in their original cardboard boxes for three years. While attending the Phoenix sewing expo, I saw the perfect wall cabinet. It would hold over 400 spools. I have halved my embroidery time because the thread is so easy to choose when I can see it all!

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      Would love to see a picture and/or link to your thread cabinet.

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  65. Cheryl Lindemann
    August 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm (6 years ago)

    I have a several systems for the storage of threads. My main embroidery thread is kept on a wooden thread hanger/module with pegs (holds approx 50-60 spools) that attaches to another module that hold stabilizers and hoops. That thread is stored according to color. Then there is the thread I take with me to classes. That is my Madeira collection and that is stored by color also but in plastic thread containers so they are portable. My Metallic threads, which I use both at home and in class has it own plastic thread containers. Yes, I am a thread junkie! You never can have too much thread.

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  66. Vicki L in MN
    September 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I have the plastic thread boxes, mini cone sized, for my embroidery threads. They are organized by color and it’s the perfect solution for me.

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  67. Linda
    September 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you so much for selecting my name as a winner of $25 certificate to Stunning Stitches. It will be fun to shop there. How do I claim my prize?

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  68. debe
    September 3, 2013 at 12:15 pm (6 years ago)

    I keep mine organized by color in a large Wurth cabinet (for nuts & bolts & parts) my husband got me from work. The drawers have rows in them that keep the thread from moving all over. The whole cabinet stands about 4.5 feet so is huge. The drawer liners are interchangeable so some have small sections perfect for other sewing needs.

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  69. Donna Cox
    September 4, 2013 at 5:57 am (6 years ago)

    I keep my thread in an elfa stand with drawers. One drawer has my regular thread, one has my
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  70. Mary Haggenmaker
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    Finished the tour and now I’m back. Have some really nice scarf pattern/directions to sew and donate. I just hope there is a store that has the donation box. I am sure I will find it though even if I have to travel a bit.

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  71. Doreen
    September 4, 2013 at 7:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I store my Robison Anderson thread in thread racks mounted on the wall in color card number order. My Sulky and Madeira thread are stored in the brand thread cases. My serger thread in sorted by color in a drawer.

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    Thank you!

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  73. Elle
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    I use three large fruit boxes for storage. Two of them are neatly arranged and color coordinated. The third box is currently a tangled mess 🙂

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  74. Sharon Thomas
    September 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I have 3 thread racks behind the closet door, two of which my Sweetie put longer dowels on. He also built a cabinet with 12 shelves spaced to hold half of a Sulky thread box on each shelf.

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  75. P. Vajda
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    I keep my thread in large plastic bins with a top on them. I do have them sorted by color ranges. Blue/Green/Purple, tan/yellow/orange, black/grey/silver, Gold/Brown/Khaki, etc.

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    I have my thread up on the wall so I can see all my wonderful colors and the extra threads are in container. I try to keep them sorted by colors but usually it doesn’t last.

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    My wooden spoolthread is kept in large pickle jars(call any BBQ place they always have lots or will save some 4u)But for my embroidery I thread I used a shot glass cabinet, Works great and I can see all my colors fast

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