Genius bobbin storage ideas

Looking for inspiring ideas for thread and bobbin storage? Storing and organizing your spools and bobbins doesn’t have to cost you a thing when you make these bobbin storage ideas yourself!

Thread and bobbin storage

Hey guys! Today’s tutorial is gonna be real quick! I just wanted to show you my bobbin storage solutions in case you’re dealing with a case of messy sewing room. Trying to keep all those crazy spools and bobbins in check but they keep ending up all tangled messy and hard to use? These bobbin storage tips are real live savers!

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I started sewing a few years back and I’ve had troubles keeping my notions and supplies in order  since day 1! Their number keeps growing with every project, so it’s a continuous challenge. With so many tools, fabrics, threads and things to work with, finding what you need in a short time can get complicated.

Frugal sewers would use the same bobbins, again and again, winding over an already-wound bobbin, and not keep tens of half-wound bobbins around the whole room. Who knows if we don’t need the same color again for a smaller project someday? (never mind we add so many layers, that sometimes we even forget what colors we have, or that the color we need is the last one on the bobbin). For those of us who like to move fast but stay neat and organized, this is not an option. We want to find the right one quickly!

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For those of you that are really patient, I heard of some quilters that only use two bobbins for a whole quilt. They are not using thread frugally, but keep one bobbin in the winder, and the other in the machine. When the one in the machine is finished, they just switch places. I think that is a fantastic idea and I’ve recently started using this tip with great success!

I’m a freak when it comes to keeping my house tidy but I had to relax a bit regarding my sewing room. It was just too much to handle, I had no choice! It’s been a learning curve but I think I finally got the hang of it and my sewing room looks much better than before. These bobbin organizer ideas contributed greatly!

Bobbin organizer

Of course, there are specialized bobbin storage towers, bobbin doughnuts or other dedicated solutions, but you have to go shopping or ordering them online, thus spend more money on them. My DIY bobbin holder solutions in this tutorial are always at hand and cost (almost) nothing.

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When it comes to bobbin storage I have two main handy solutions. If I know I’ll be sewing with the same thread colors for a while, I prepare those spools, I wind the bobbins, sometimes multiple bobbins per spool if the project is big and attach the bobbins to the spool as seen in the photo above. This works great for thread and bobbin storage! I’ll highlight the exact steps in the step by step description below.

Most times though I simply use a toe separator to store my bobbins, so this is my second solution. Honestly I prefer this option, to me it not only looks better but the bobbins are tightly stored so the thread never unwinds. The toe separators are cheap and if you find some with glitter as mine, they’ll add a nice dose of cuteness to your sewing room.

Bobbin holder

How to keep bobbin thread from unraveling

In addition to the toe separator idea which is great at keeping the thread ends under control, I have a couple of “tricks” to keep my bobbins from unraveling when not in use.

  1. I spray a little hair spray on my fingers and smooth out the thread ends in the bobbin. Once they’re all tamed, I spray a little more hair spray directly onto the thread ends then I allow the spray to dry before storing the bobbins.
  2. I get a plastic or rubber tube (a large straw would work too) and cut a bit of the end. Then I cut this piece in half, height-wise and insert the halves into the bobbin as stoppers for the thread ends.


What is a good sewing thread spool storage

There are several ways you can keep spools organized. My favorite method is keeping the stool stored into cups or plastic containers that are sturdy and roomy enough to hold a spool. For example, pill storage boxes, tackle boxes and ice cube trays make great storage spaced for spools and bobbins. I like to keep my spools organized like this in a drawer under my sewing desk because when I need to use the spools I just grab the container from the drawer, place it behind my sewing machine, thread my machine and start sewing. Makes it so convenient and the spools and the tread are always organized and tidy.

I keep all the treads and spools in a little cabinet I bought from Ikea. I store the cabinet right under my sewing table so they’re always easy to reach, making my life so much easier and my sewing projects a little faster. Here’s how I do the bobbin storage number one. It may seem silly but someone has to teach silliness too lol

Other ways of storing spools and bobbins

  • Metal bobbins rest just well on a magnet band on the wall, though this won’t work for plastic ones;
  • Embroidery hoops and some wood sticks or nails would make a quick bobbin rack;
  • Also, large metal or plastic rings do just well for storing bobbins, but the thread would still unravel if you don’t stick it in place;
  • Clear jewelry organizers with pockets can hang on the inside of your closet to save space;
  • To prevent unraveling, old hair ties are great helpers. We all have some extras that we don’t use. If not, those from the dollar store do just great;
  • DIY thread racks are another handy way to keep your bobbins organized, but it does take some time to make one yourself. You can always buy one if you like to keep them like this. A quicker way would be using a pegboard.

My favorite storage solutions are the ones that keep the spool with a matching bobbin so that I don’t need to search for or thread a new bobbin every time.


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Bobbin storage ideas

Bobbin storage ideas


  • spools of thread
  • corresponding bobbins
  • elastic bands

How to store bobbins?

  • Pull the elastic band over the spool of thread.

  • Insert the opposite end into the bobbin until the end reaches the other end of the bobbin.

  • Grab this end and pull it over the spool as you did in the first step.

  • A little tip you might have missed above: to prevent the thread from unwinding on both the spool and the bobbin I spray the ends of the thread with hair spray. Then I move the elastic so that it covers the thread end on the spool to make it even more secure.
  • And that’s pretty much it!

I find that this is the coolest DIY bobbin storage idea and an excellent solution to keep spools and corresponding threads together! And my go to way of keeping my spools and bobbins organized by color!

If you liked these tips, please let me know in the comments below!  And also, what is your favorite way of storing spools and bobbins, and why?

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  1. Hi there,
    I created my own thread/bobbin holder out of a cardboard box and a dowel rod from Lowes. I cut it tall enough to hold both the thread and the bobbin on one piece. I works really well!! Then I just covered the box so it looked pretty and wala! Instant thread and bobbin holder.

    1. Petro Neagu says:

      Awesome idea, Tricia! Thanks so much for sharing your tips with us! xoxo

  2. Mary Jane Slesinski says:

    I do a lot of sewing and have a lot of spools of different color thread. I bought a bargain pack of bobbins online and now keep the bobbin with the matching thread together using the rubber band method. I LOVE this idea, as it saves so much searching time and tangled threads that come off the spools and bobins. But, please also buy a large quantity of the plastic bands made for hair, often labeled as ouchless or poly-. Regular rubberbands age over time and can stick to the thread or bobbin and are impossible to remove. The years go by fast……. faster than I can use all my fabric or thread!!!! Love your sewing tips!!!!!

    1. Petro Neagu says:

      Thanks Mary Jane! I appreciate your comment! 🤗

  3. Teresa Howard says:

    Awesome ideal for bobbins and thread storage together!

  4. Love the band idea to attach bobbin to thread! I tied mine but it’s cumbersome

  5. Deb powell says:

    Love these ideas! I’m so tired of having loose threads from bobbins sticking out everywhere. I had been using little plastic bags to keep bobbins and thread together, but the rubber band trick is much nicer. Thank you!

  6. Wiley Seaton says:

    Hi Petro,
    I am not a beginner, as I sewed from about age 10 until I started having children. I am now 67 and I have forgotten a lot of my sewing skills. Basically need a refresher.
    Thanks for the help!

    1. Hi Wiley! Happy to have you here! Thanks for reading my tutorials, I hope you’ll find them useful and informative! ❤

  7. hi..u still have to find something to store yr thread/ bobbin combo in right? i sew a wall hanging with multiple pockets..n place thread with matching bobbin in each pocket..colours of thread arranged in alphabetical order. make sure yr pockets r lower than height of u can see the colours. or u can sew pockets out of clear material..plastic? i hang my thread organiser on inside door of cupboard where i store my sewing stuff.

  8. Love these thread spool & bobbin ideas!

  9. OMG! The rubber band tip is the best idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. marie Dupuy says:

    in french please

  11. love,love these bobbin storage tips

  12. Thanks for the great idea. I do have 2 thread boxes, but find them big difficult to store, and not enough room to store bobbins with the thread so looking for other options.