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Thread: EMPTY SPOOLS OF THREAD

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    What do you do with your empty spools of thread? I have been collecting them for awhile and I really don't know what to do with them, any suggestions :?: :roll:

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    Call the art teacher at a local school or preschool and see if they can use them.

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    I just put them in the recycle bin. Most of them are plastic now.

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    I don't save them. I'm happy to toss the empty spools; keeps my sewing room tidy the way I like it.

    Once, I saw a really neat wreath made out of spools. But I would rather sew.

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    I saw garland made with spools. They wrapped bright color fabric aound them and put them on string along with colorful beads. They were hanging like a valance on a window in her sewing room.

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    I give mine to my Grandchildren to play with.

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    Give them to your schools pre Kindergarden

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    [quote=JenniePenny]I don't save them. I'm happy to toss the empty spools; keeps my sewing room tidy the way I like it.

    I agree; it had never crossed my mind to keep them. I only save what I'm very certain I'll be able to use later.

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    i save mine until i have a 5-gallon bucket full, then i give them to the boyscouts. there are all sorts of organizations who will happily accept things like this...scouts, 4-H kids, public school art departments. the senior center; pre-schools; our local library does craft times with little people on saturdays...they love donations too...lots of places, just ask around :thumbup:

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    I save then for the kids at work, they use them to make all kids of craft projects.

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    My cats collect, and hide them.

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    These are fun to make - it shows using wooden spools, but I'm sure you could use the plastic ones: http://makeminebeautiful.blogspot.co...christmas.html

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    I usually throw mine away, then find a use for one. Here is a picture of my latest use.

    Spool keeps tape measure from getting a hard crease
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbud2
    My cats collect, and hide them.
    very funny

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    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

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    I usually toss them on the floor for the cats. They roll them around for a while and then they get lost.

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    I throw mine on the floor for the cats to play with. They bat them around for a few days, then they end up under the couch or something. When I move furniture to clean, I pick them all up and throw them into the cat toys basket. They love them!!

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    It depends on the spool, if they are flat, this is what I did 35 yrs. ago. But if they have lips on the ends, I just throw them away.
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    I also give mine to my grandchildren

    Quote Originally Posted by M.E.H.
    I give mine to my Grandchildren to play with.

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    preschoolers use these for a lacing activity donate them to any preschool or kdg and they will be very appriciative

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    I never seem to have empty spools around. My cats always confiscate them before I can do anything with them. The problem is, after a day or two, they just disappear. I just know one day I'll move and find hundreds of empty spools wherever those little devils have them stashed! :D

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    I have a plastic bowl I am saving mine in. I figure they should be good for something.

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    [quote=Jill]
    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny
    I don't save them. I'm happy to toss the empty spools; keeps my sewing room tidy the way I like it.

    I agree; it had never crossed my mind to keep them. I only save what I'm very certain I'll be able to use later.
    Yep, me too. I used to save everything thinking someday I would do something with it. Now I just trash them. Would rather quilt than do some of those silly craft things. I have also gotten so I don't like to dust, and those crafty things seem to gather a lot of dust.

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    I also collect them and have a whole bucket full. Never knew what to do with them. Lots of great ideas here, but I think donating them to a school is a great idea.

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    I have saved mine ever since I heard about a lady who had a bushel basket of spools at her estate sale. I think I have way more than that by now. I have them in boxes all over the place. Maybe that will be the talk of my estate sale, if the kids don't burn them as they find them.

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