Organizing Thread Cheap and Easy

I have tried many ways to organize my thread and bobbins. I had a wooden sewing box with pegs for thread, a peg hanger for the wall, throwing it all in one large Rubbermaid box and none of those were great. I didn’t like the thread being out in the open on the pegs because of dust. Trying to find the color you need in one large box was no fun either. I found these wonderful craft boxes at Hobby Lobby for only $1.99 each.
I coordinated my thread stash by color and wrote on the end of each box which colors were included.

You may have noticed the bobbins included in the space with some of the threads. After completing a sewing project, if I have thread left on the bobbin, I cover the bobbin with a small terry pony tail holder and place in the same section with the matching thread. I purchase the pony tail holders at Dollar Tree. Target and Walmart also sell them. They make the best bobbin thread cover. They are cheap and easy to use. I have been using this method for years and love that I don’t have to contend with tangled threads.

I store the extra pony tail holder/bobbin covers in a small plastic container with a lid.
I use the same boxes for my embroidery thread and use the same concept of color organizing. I have three boxes of thread. I love pulling those boxes out and opening them up to choose what colors I will use to be crafty and creative.

Do you have a sewing or organizing tip? Please share in the comments. Thank you in advance to all who leave comments. I love reading each and every one.



  1. these are great ideas! I have a couple of those plastic boxes that were used for beads (in a past life) and was going to give them away! Now, I will just give away the thread peg thingy on my wall! Love the pony tail holder idea too! Well, must get into the sewing room and re organize!

  2. Thank you, Susan, for stopping by. I am glad my post gave you some new ideas. πŸ™‚

  3. Your organizing ideas are not only cheap & easy – they're amazing too! Love that pony tail holder 'trick'.

  4. Thanks so much! I love using the pony tail holders because I hate lots of tangled threads. I am so glad you found the post helpful! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  5. These are such brilliant ideas. Especially like the ponytail holders on the bobbins…. Fabulous!

  6. Crystelle, thank you! I hope it is a tip you can use!

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thanks for visiting, Connie! Hope the tip was helpful. πŸ™‚

  9. Thank you so much for this great idea. I have been looking for a way to organize thread for sometime now, tried the peg board and did not like. I know what I will be doing tonight !

  10. Great idea from a fabulous lady!

  11. Thank you, Becky! I am so glad this is useful! I appreciate you stopping by. πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks, Audrey! πŸ™‚

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