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Thread: What do you do with empty thread spools?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    I've always just thrown them away, but I like the idea of giving them to a kindergarten or preschool class. Great idea.
    My daughters school used a bunch of recyclable items to make all sorts of things and they ended up in the newspaper and the article appeared in the chicago tribune and usa today!

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    I really enjoy decorating for Christmas. I save my old spools and run a ribbon through the center and hang them on a little Christmas tree I put up in my sewing room. I also use bobbins hung on bright ribbon for more sparkle, and drape those colored plastic measuring tapes around it to use as garland.

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    wv, what a great idea!

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    i let mine pile up because i keep telling myself i ought to find a way to repurpose them.

    after a while i look at the pile, acknowledge reality, and toss the suckers.

    then i let more pile up ....

    the circle of life.

    :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ai731
    I'm a relatively new quilter, but I'm starting to amass a collection of empty plastic thread spools in a variety of sizes. Back in the olden days of wood spools, I knew all sorts of useful things to do with them, but is there anything you can do with the plastic ones? I hate to just throw them out...

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    I list anything I hate to throw out on Freecycle. I've posted everything from furniture, film canisters, clothespins, and fabric scraps (before I discovered quilting)! Teachers can really get creative with objects we normally throw away. :thumbup:

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    I give them to my cats. To them, everything is a toy.

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    Being a preschool teacher they are wonderful for building, stringing and using with paint! I am sure that any preschool would love the donation!
    Your trash is a preschool teacher's dream!

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    I just LOVE that lamp! What a clever idea!

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    Sewmom, I really like your lamp! Very creative!

    I donate spools, medicine bottles, film canisters, etc to teachers and scouts, also. If they don't make use of them they will pass it on to someone that can.

    DeeDee

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    I use the larger ones when I have a quilt taped down on the floor for basting or using that quilting gun thingy. They lift the quilt off the floor or carpet so you don't scratch floor with needle or stitch quilt to carpet. Works good for me.
    BillsBonBon

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    I use the larger ones when I have a quilt taped down on the floor for basting or using that quilting gun thingy. They lift the quilt off the floor or carpet so you don't scratch floor with needle or stitch quilt to carpet. You can move them easily around under the quilt too. Works good for me.
    BillsBonBon

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    Recycle!

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    I let my kitties play with them.

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    I string a bunch together with ribbon or soft cotten cording and my grand kids play with them.

    As for those empty medicine bottles.....great for keeping beads in for bead work. Also some churches collect them to use to put meds in on mission trips. Check some of your local churches to see if they can use them. We have one in our area that is thrilled to get them.

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    I have given some to the art teacher at the school where I work. I asked if she could use any & she said anything you don't want bring to me. I've brought small pieces of felt, buttons, scraps of fabric, odds & ends of craft things, ribbon etc. I need to do some more cleaning & get more things ready to bring to her. Someone can always use them.

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    My dog chews on mine... sometimes even before they are empty!!!!!

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