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Thread: EMPTY SPOOLS OF THREAD

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    I use spools to wrap my binding or bits of trim until I need them.

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    There is an local annual fundraiser that is centered around Xmas. One of the events is the sale of miniature decorated Xmas trees. The ones that sell the best are theme based trees. I have used the wooden spools to make a quilting themed tree- they are really cute!

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    Just a quick idea..I like to make christmas tree ornaments with my empty spools. Pretty with narrow christmas ribbon wrapped on them to look like the thread. Loop a gold cord by which to hang them. Spools can be painted in holiday colors before wrapping the ribbons. Large spools, small spools, makes no difference...EnJoy!!!!!

    Helen C...MO

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    cool idea, I use them to make bird toys for the cats and birds. I've seen them as decorations on packaging, wrap felt arround them of many colors, they make cool Christmas wreths.

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    wrap binding on them

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    I save mine whether they be wood or plastic. Every once in awhile someone in my guild asks if anyone has any empty spools and then any who save spools gives them to them. I have a hard time throwing things away. I finally gave my collection of round oatmeal boxes to the nearby elementary school. Some of us grew up with parents from the depression.

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    recycle.

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    Will buy plastic serger cone shaped spools. PM me.

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    I had my great niece & nephew make Xmas decorations out of them. They painted them with craft paint, then we threaded a wire thru them, added alot of beads top & bottom, then they glued sequins on them. They turned out real cute but they took them all home so I can't show you one. If I can find a picture, I'll post it.

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    Make a wind chime! Don't know how much noise it would make, but it would be a good conversation piece. It will be interesting to hear what people say about this topic. I toss mine, but every time I do I wonder if I am going to regret it...

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    I was at a craft show once and the fellow carved Santa's and gnomes in the wooden spools, then painted them. They looked great.

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    Thank you,That is an idea that I can really use. I think I willl pass that on the the activity director at the nursing home. Great for hands that can no longer grasp little things.

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    That is Great too.
    All the wonderful Idea's. Now I can finally find something to do with them.
    Our town says the can't be recycled so I have held on to them.

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    I throw mine away. Need room for more fabric. LOL

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    I give mine to several groups. GS, sr center, and the larger ones go to the charity quilting group as they buy thread on large industrial cones and then use the empty spools to fill up with that thread so they can make kits ladies can take home to sew!

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    I use them for embroidery floss- the skeins get too knotty for me.
    If I had more than I could use I'd give them to preschool for threading games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirlinAZ
    I usually throw mine away, then find a use for one. Here is a picture of my latest use.
    What a great idea. Bet there are hundreds out there. Please share yours too, if you have one.

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    can you show a photo please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmw0829
    I usually toss them on the floor for the cats. They roll them around for a while and then they get lost.
    LOL! How funny - - I do the same thing! We'll probably find them under the couches and chairs when we Spring clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katydid2
    Just a thought - everybody needs more clutter - save them and then wrap a piece of every fabric that you use around them and string them for a garland - some of you might be able to circle your sewing rooms a dozen times :D
    So funny Katy, No I definitely don't need more clutter, but I think you have a cute idea of how to use the empties.

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    I take the biggest wooden spool I can find and glue it to a little piece of scrap wood,
    ...and maybe paint it with nail polish
    IT MAKES A GREAT HOLDER FOR A SEAM RIPPER!
    Put them in sharp point side down, - especially nice for those little ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbud2
    My cats collect, and hide them.
    mine too they know when they start getting low and when I take them off all I see is a flash and its gone.

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    Grandkids and their little friends would love them....stacking...rolling....2-6 yrs especially.

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    If they are wooden, they can be stained or painted and hot glued together and a ribbon hanger attached and used to hold circular needles. It lets them hang free instead of being folded up and put in a zip lock bag. They are easier to use this way and are more visible for use. Straight needles can be put in a vase for easy exposure. So a knitter might like to use them. Or you could make a nice gift for a friend or family member who has given you a nice quilting item or do one for yourself.
    Carol from NC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enchanted Quilter
    Give them to your schools pre Kindergarden
    thats what we do..my friend is a preschool teacher, and she lets the kids thread them with shoe laces..

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