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Whether you are just plain bored or simply too broke to purchase other materials; cardboard is free! Cardboard is such a versitile craft medium that you can make just about anything from it. All you need is a little knowledge about different construction techniques to ignite your own art passion for cardboard. This blog is intended to show the construction techniques I use in my own cardboard crafts. When you learn the secrets of creating strength with cardboard you can create whatever you desire. From simple items like picture frames to extremely large pieces of usable furniture; it will all be possible. Travel along with me as I show you the secrets hidden within the cardboard. Go green or save a tree or just to keep it out of a landfill.... whatever your choice of phrases.... start creating your own cardboard art. If you find this blog helpful, please recommend it to your friends.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Bobbin organizer

January organizing is happening all over everywhere.  I'm doing a lot of organizing myself.  I'm using cardboard to make stuff I really don't want to spend money to purchase.  I could buy some type of bobbin organizer which might work.  More likely it wouldn't work the way I wanted it to and I'd wind up feeling guilty for spending the money but tossing it out anyway. 

Yesterday I decided to organize these bobbins laying loose in a drawer.  These are the M size bobbins that go to my quilting machine.  They constantly slide around in the bottom of the drawer and the threads come loose and tangle.  Well cardboard is free so no guilt if this doesn't work.  I'll give it a try for a few weeks to see if I'm happy with it.

I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bottom of the drawer.  I mark a grid of 1 inch squares.

I find some old chopsticks I'd saved for some unknown reason.  I'm glad I did save them because they came in real handy for this project.  I lay a chopstick next to the measuring tape on the table and mark it at 1/2 inch intervals all along the stick.  I then cut the chopstick into little pegs.  It wasn't easy cutting all those pegs with a simple craft knife. 

I poke a hole in the center of the squares on the cardboard and glue a peg in each hole.

When finished I have all these little pegs.  Hmm.... a horizontal pegboard. 

The pegs hold all the bobbins.  Yea!  No more bobbins sliding around in the drawer.  Hmm....  when I find the rest of my bobbins, that seem to be lost in the kaos of my house, I can make another organizer to hold them too.

A few days ago I also made this drawer organizer for my kitchen.  It's custom made to fit the items I want to store.  So far, it's working the way it should to keep everything in it's place. 


Joyful said...

Wonderful ideas. Now I'd like to know how long those wooden pegs actually stayed glued. My sense is they would fall out quickly but I think the drawer organizer would last longer. Anyway they both look great!

Anita - aka Granny Patches said...

Actually, they should stay put for a long time because there's no stress where the cardboard and pegs are joined. Just the taking off and putting on a bobbin. The pegs are much smaller than the hole in the bobbin so I'm not pulling at the peg either.

Anonymous said...

great idea! I'd probably use a flat pencil box type of plastic holder and make a couple layers, easier for stacking in the cupboard.. Pattern2Quilt sent me here.. I like

Anonymous said...

This is much the same as my thread board my husband made for me over 20yrs ago. The base was birch plywood. . It can be stained etc if leaving out.If going to hang, the holes can be drilled on an angle to hold bobbins,thread etc on board. I still have it. He was good at doing these little projects for me. Would work for jewelry to if you stagger the pegs for necklaces etc.

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is wonderful! I've recently discovered how useful cardboard is for customizing the inside of drawers in my craft room, but you've taken it to a whole new level. I'll keep this in mind in future.

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