Friday, September 25, 2009

A Simple Solution

**This tutorial is intended for personal use only.**

On weekends, I prefer hand stitching over machine simply because my project becomes portable and I am able to take it to any location I desire. I often leave my sewing room to be with hubby while he enjoys a weekend of watching golf on tv. It is comforting to be with him after a long and busy week spent mostly apart. Even if it does mean that I have to endure hours and hours of golf.

I often spend my time sewing seams closed, sewing on buttons, or tacking on embellishments of some kind. The problem that I have is transporting my thread because I like having an array of colors with me. For a long time I just threw spools of thread into a basket but I hated digging through it to find the color that I needed. Not to mention about how it would often become a tangled mess. THEN....a light bulb moment occurred. A rather simple solution to my problem.

This takes only a few minutes to put together. More time was spent on gathering the components that I needed.

You will need a base of some sort. I dug deep into my craft closet and found an old decorative chalk board that was just sitting around collecting dust. To hold the thread, I gathered a dozen golf tees. I whipped up a small pincushion to mount onto the top of the board. I plugged in my hot glue gun and went to work.


The golf tees were glued onto the base of the chalk board. The pincushion was then glued in place.


After adding spools of thread, a few needles, and scissors, I was ready to go. It took me less than 15 minutes to put this spool holder together.


In this example, I glued a round pincushion to the center of an old CD and then glued the golf tees around it to hold the spools of thread.


I hope you can use this simple but useful idea. Have a fabulous weekend.

Aloha!

30 comments:

kaiolohiakids said...

Brilliant! Now I know what to do with all the golf tees that I fish out of the washer from "he who doesn't empty his pockets"! I really like the idea of putting them on an old CD.
PS-I love watching golf but I need some hand work-anything really good is always shown on a replay!

arkie said...

You have such cute, creative, and helpful posts! Thank You!

Janine said...

That is a splendid idea.
It is so helpful to organize things /actually I´m not very good in it, he he)
Have a lovely weekend
Janine

Busym1 said...

You rock! That is the best idea ever! hugs,michelle

Cindy said...

That is the coolest idea ever. Thanks for sharing.

texmorg said...

That's a fantastic idea, thank you.
Linda

Kaye said...

You are the Queen of great ideas. Good Job

Jenny said...

Girl, you are too clever for words. Keep those ideas coming!

craftydiane said...

Fantastic idea! I love it! I am going to give it a try.
Blessings,
Diane

omashee aka Barb said...

Too brilliant! Lettie you're too crafty for words! Love your blog!
Hugs,
Barb

JG said...

I like the CD holder idea. In the evening I never seem to have the space to put the threads, pincushion and needles that I am using on the little table. That is so clever! Thanks!

Tins and Treasures said...

My hubby can watch golf for hours too...
Have a great weekend! ~Natalie

Estrella said...

Una idea estupenda

plumblossomlane said...

What great ideas!!!! I knew I was saving those golf tees for a reason. LOL

pins and needles said...

Great idea. I am not a golfer but I do have family that does it. The CD I have more access to. The creative juices are running all the time for you. Great project. Chris

SG said...

Another great idea! Thanks!

Tudy said...

What a neat idea, thanks.

Suze said...

You always have such great ideas, too bad I don't have access to any golf tees.

sweetiepie said...

What a neat idea, Lettie. I just happen to have all the ingredients to make either of those projects.

I love watching golf. I used to love playing golf, but I am not able to do it anymore.

Take care.

Linda said...

Ingenious, Lettie! You're a peach to share all your creativeness with us - especially people you don't even know! Thank you for being so generous.

emy said...

Idea favolosa..come sempre!!!
Ciao Lettie!

Stephanie D. said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome! I love that CD idea--have tons of them from old computer programs and those that come in the mail and haven't been able to let them go yet. Now to check Wal-Mart for golf tees....

Jantine said...

Thanks for the inspiration, using golf tees is very smart!

Maria Emilia said...

ola Arlete sou Brasileira, e tem tamb um blog , achei muito boa essa ideia deste tabuleiro para colocar os retroz de linha, mais aonde se acha esse pregos de madeira??, parabens,. visiste meu blog trabalhos da emilia blogspot.com beijos emilia

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Love the cd pin cushion.... thread holder. How clever you are. I so am going to make one of those. My husband likes me to sit with him through the news.... so I try to have some hand profect to work on too. Thanks for the great idea.

Sandy said...

I just found your blog, It's fabulous! I love it! Love the chalk board thread holder. great idea! I must make it. Thanks
Sandy
http://loveyatostitches.blogspot.com

NorthernSuze said...

Thank-you so much for sharing your time and wonderful talent. I'm just getting back to sewing after some hard times. You have me humming over my work once more.

Ru said...

You are one smart girl!!!

Laura Emmons said...

LOL I love this! thanks

sue niven said...

truly wonderful! thank you I love this idea.