I bought this soft sided organizer and these embroidery floss holder sheets a long time ago. And I put in all the little cards with the different colors of floss. I thought it would be great because you can see all the colors and you can just turn the pages and pick out what floss I needed. But no…
Every time you turn the page, the little floss bobbins start sliding out or just completely fall out of the page. And when you have 6 pages that hold 20 bobbins each, it gets quite frustrating when they all start falling out. So I came up with a way to prevent that. I needed something easy to do that didn’t take a lot of time and so you could still see the colors of floss.
Here was my idea. I cut 6 pieces of painters plastic the size of the sheet. I used blue painters tape to hold it in place. Line up the top so it is above the first set of slots to put your floss bobbins.
I then sewed it down on the sewing machine with a straight stitch. You’ll want to make your stitch length fairly long so you won’t completely perforate the plastic when you sew your seam.
Then you sew above each row of pockets.
Then cut along the bottom of the painters plastic above each seam you just sewed.
Also cut off any extra plastic at the bottom of the page.
You can then flip up your painters plastic to slide in your floss bobbins. (That distracting piece of duct tape is covering a hole in my ironing board cover.)
Here’s row I’ve filled with floss.
Then when each row is filled, you just flip your plastic down over the row.
Now you can hold the page completely upside down and shake it and nothing falls out! Woohoo!
Here’s a few tips about sewing plastic that I learned. Put a piece of painters tape along the top as well as along the sides to prevent slippage. Go slowly when sewing. The plastic tends to slip on the feed dogs and the faster you go, the worse it gets. So go on the slowest speed and hold onto the plastic and help it along as you go so that you sew smoothly. It might work just as well to put the feed dogs down and do it free motion but I was afraid I’d be all over the place and sew closed my little floss pockets.
Now I have filled all 6 pages up with floss bobbins and they stay right where they belong. You can still see the colors through the front or you can just look on the backside. Perhaps if your painters plastic was clear instead of on the opaque side it would work better but I just used what I had already at home. Now I’m ready to take my embroidery floss organizer to my upcoming class without worrying about my threads falling out all over the place.
How do you store your threads? Let me know if you have any good tips, I’d love to hear them.