Tutorial :: Spool Garland

Back in December I was cleaning out my sewing room and came across a drawer full of empty spools.   I thought they might be cute as garland to decorate for the Holidays and later in my sewing room.

There’s no telling how long I’ve had these.  I’m a pack-rat I just can’t throw anything away that might one day be useful!  (Please tell me I’m not alone in that thinking??)

If you do have some empty spools laying around and want to give it a try, I thought I’d show you how I made mine.

You’ll need:

  • empty spools in any size (I used 15 in mine.)
  • scrap fabric
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • ribbon or twine to string them

(1) Go ahead and remove the labels from the top and bottom of your spools.

(2)  Take a scrap piece of fabric that is as wide as the spool is tall.    Lay your spool on top and snip into (or mark) the fabric right at the edge of the center part of the spool.

(3)  Trim the strip down to size.   I just free handed with my scissors because I’m all about quick gratification!   For a really straight line, you could use a rotary cutter.

(4) Dab on a little hot glue.

(5) And then press your strip onto the spool.

(6) Wrap the fabric around until you meet the beginning and trim so you overlap your starting point.    Dab a little more glue and secure.

(7)  Keep going until you have a little stash of cutesy spools!  (I think they’d be adorable just like this in a glass jar!)

(8) Now we can string them up.    Take a piece of ribbon or twine and make a knot at the beginning.    String one and then knot after to keep it in place.   Continue until you have them all strung and finish the end with a knot.

All finished, go hang it up!!

They would look cute as decoration for a sewing themed party, decoration for a craft booth or just for you to love in your home!

If you make one, I’d love to see it.    You can add it to the LRstitched flickr pool or send me a link to your picture.



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  • Maeve

    Oh, that is way too cute! I’ll have to start saving spools now (one more collection in my sewing room!) so I can make one! Love it! And thanks for sharing your creativity with us!ReplyCancel

  • That’s adorable! I fight my pack rat tendencies so my spools go straight into the recycling bin.ReplyCancel

  • Oooh! I knew I’ve been saving empty spools for a reason! My husband thinks I’m crazy for not just throwing them out 🙂ReplyCancel

  • ohhh…I wonder if I could hunt down enough wooden spools for this project!? Love it!ReplyCancel

  • This is too cute! I just threw away a bunch of spools when I couldn’t figure out what to do with them beyond saving a few to roll bindings on. I guess I’ll start saving them again…ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    What a great idea Lindsey! Now Im kicking myself for throwing away my spools, time to start saving them again!ReplyCancel

  • I love this! Of course, I’ve been trying to rid myself of unnecessary things and have been throwing my empty spools away….what was I thinking?ReplyCancel

  • Found this via pinterest. Love it! Can’t wait to try it. I too have a bunch of spools in drawers.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

    Eek! So cute Lindsey! Your shelves look so great too – very organized!ReplyCancel

  • Charity Reesor

    So cute!!!! You are certainly not alone! I am a total pack rat…. I mean hoarder…. I mean collector of useful things ;DReplyCancel

  • That is sooooo cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • That’s way cute! I have always (gasp) thrown out my empty spools, but no longer. Thanks for a reason to keep spools!ReplyCancel

  • Lovely, I will try in a future because I have to store the empty spools!
    Tks for sharing,

  • Oh, this is so fabulous! I sew and paper craft and just might have to mix up the spools with fabric and paper! thanks so much for the idea and instructions!ReplyCancel

  • fantastic idea! I can see them in a huge glass jar too!ReplyCancel

  • Your garland is adorable. And to think I just threw out about 20 spools. Guess I’ll have to start saving them again.

    Thanks for the great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle's Dish

    Super adorable 🙂ReplyCancel

  • This is too cute, and very unique. I have a jar of old wooden spools I think could be very cute turned into a garland.ReplyCancel

  • seniorcrafter

    First timer Im fairly new. This super cute, pretty too.ReplyCancel

  • annie

    wonderful! i inherited my great aunts’, my grandmother’s, my mother and father’s (yes, he did the sewing, my mother hated it, but man oh man could she bake!!!) thank you !ReplyCancel

  • jan

    I used to thread several empty spools onto ribbon tied into a loop, for my babies to play with, like a rattle. They loved shaking them & teething on them. I don’t know why, but I’ve continued to save my empty spools, so I’m delighted to find this idea of covering them in fabric. Now it’s my turn to play with them!ReplyCancel

  • tatiana

    holaaa yo necesito saber como puedo hacer para conseguir las telas, soy de Ecuador
    gracias y saludos, esta muy bonito todoReplyCancel

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  • THIS IS SO CUTE I LOVE IT!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Awesome idea, so cute. ThanksReplyCancel

  • June pirie

    Brilliant idea! I am inspired. Thank you:)ReplyCancel

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