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Thread: What do you do with empty thread spools?

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    yep, I used to toss them on the floor for the cat, until I stepped on one, now if he gets one it's tied to something just above the floor. I save the ones from the small cones to use as handles for stamps or stamp handles for homemade stamps to use when painting on fabric.

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    My 2 year old loves them. She puts everything in bags and carries it around these days. There's always a "pocketbook" on her arm. She loves going through it and it keeps her occupied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom
    Omak, my vet uses the med bottles for meds for her clints-our beloved pets. I started collecting mine and drop them off wheni,m either going there or have a stack. also some of them are recyclable (if that is available where you are)
    Well, by golly! If those med bottles would save my good veterinarian money, I will just do that! Thanks for letting me know about this fine option!

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    I would probably toss them in the recycling bin.

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    Most recycling takes more chemicals and energy than it took to produce the first product.
    The exception, so far as I have seen, is aluminum ... I will ALWAYS seek to recycle aluminum ... but the other items are better used up and worn out than recycled.

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    This is a response to what to do with pill bottles.

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    some mission groups collect pill bottles to send overseas. When the clinics receive meds, they are packaged wholesale so when it is time to dispense the meds, the pill bottles are great.

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    Depending on what size your med bottles are they make really nice bobbin holders for taking to classes. Also, some of them are of a size to keep your crochet hooks in one place. Good button holders also.

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    I throw mine in the scrap bin....I have found that the cats like them to knock around :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charleen DiSante
    some mission groups collect pill bottles to send overseas. When the clinics receive meds, they are packaged wholesale so when it is time to dispense the meds, the pill bottles are great.
    I am familiar with White Cross. If you have an outlet address so I can send my med bottles on, by all means! PM me (do this by clicking on my name and scroll down, you will see a place to click on PM - - means private message) ... I would appreciate sending on my bottles.
    Also, how about the bottles that my vitamins and baby aspirin come in?

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    This is the spool lamp that i made after seeing one in an antique store for a lot of money. I got a 2 qt. canning jar that was my grandmothers from my aunt. Then i got my wooden spools that came from my great-aunts house when i cleaned it out after she passed away. Some of the spools still had thread on them which was neat. I wrapped the lamp shade with strips of fabric that i ripped and glued them on the shade. i wrapped the rest of the spools with leftover strips. bought a lamp kit from Lowes and had DH modify it to fit and i have a neat lamp with lots of memories and very little money. It sits on my treadle sewing machine that belonged to my great-aunt( same one i got the spools from-she didnt throw anything away)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmom
    This is the spool lamp that i made after seeing one in an antique store for a lot of money. I got a 2 qt. canning jar that was my grandmothers from my aunt. Then i got my wooden spools that came from my great-aunts house when i cleaned it out after she passed away. Some of the spools still had thread on them which was neat. I wrapped the lamp shade with strips of fabric that i ripped and glued them on the shade. i wrapped the rest of the spools with leftover strips. bought a lamp kit from Lowes and had DH modify it to fit and i have a neat lamp with lots of memories and very little money. It sits on my treadle sewing machine that belonged to my great-aunt( same one i got the spools from-she didnt throw anything away)
    That is way too cool! See why I never throw anything away??? LOL
    I am sure there is an inheritance in my drawers for my offspring ... they will just have to be as clever as you were, and as capable as your husband is .... Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Sewmom, that is a great lamp!

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    Sewmom, I love the lamp. How perfect that would be for a quilting area!

    I was going to say that they won't recycle the spools unless they have the little recycling logo. I can't see any on my spools, unless they're underneath the thread. Somehow I doubt it.

    They might make good body cores for little dolls, and then you could use your small fabric scraps for the clothes.

    If you have several of them, you could post on craigslist that you're freecycling them. And then, lol, someone will post on here that they found this great collection of empty spools and they know just how to use them.

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    I like the lamp.

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    :D About those medicine bottles: Check with your vet, I live in Chippewa Falls WI, my vet is in Bloomer, and I recycle medicine bottles for her to use for the animal prescriptions. Of course they sterilize them before reusing them. Going GREEN (Bloomer is a rural town in Chippewa County) Good luck, there is a re-use for everything! :roll:

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    Our kittens LOVE batting them around. To a kitten, EVERYTHING is a toy. Give them to a friend who has cats.

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    string them with ribbon and make necklaces for the grandkids.

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    I just gave a big bag of spools to me niece who is into scouting!
    I save the pill bottles for my vet also.

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    I just gave a big bag of spools to my niece who is into scouting!
    I save the pill bottles for my vet, also.
    And I also use an old vitamin bottle for broken and bent needles so no one will get poked with old needles when I finally throw the bottle away.

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    Love your lamp, very nice.

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    I put the spools(one in each)in my socks and pretend I am wearing high heels........oh wait.......that was when I was 3 and4 years old....LOL!

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    I give mine to the tech teacher at school for kid creations.

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    Our college runs a daycare, so we keep all of them from the sewing room and give to them. They build things with them we hear.

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    Sewmom, I love your lamp! And the shade!!! What a great idea.

    Re: the empty spools. You could string them and hang them on the outside trees for the holidays. If you glue a piece of fabric on them (where the thread used to be) they'd make very colorful ornaments. Or throw them out.....

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