Friday, May 13, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Vintage Wooden Spool Cork Board

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One day at the thrift store, I found this yellow sewing box. It was the same as one my mom used to have but hers was a little bit bigger. I would have bought it for the box alone.

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But when I opened it, I found such a treasure…spools and spools of thread from long ago.

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I recognized some from my mom’s stash…these styrofoam spools from Thrifty’s are from the late 70s/early 80s, when we first moved to the suburbs. Thrifty’s also had the most awesome ice cream…the scoop was shaped like a cylinder. Mmmm loved their orange sherbet on a hot day.

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So all these wooden ones must be from before then. Many of the spools were labeled “Boil Fast”, so I looked that up and found this vintage thread chart and photo gallery. Several of my spools are pictured among those photos, and it looks like they date back to the 50s to the 70s.

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I had this cork board with a ledge for a pencil, also a thrifted item. I thought I’d make a message board or inspiration board or whatever board for my craft corner.

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The ledge and the corkboard are all held in with screws so things were easy for even me to remove.

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I covered the ledge with jute twine. First I covered the sides with some short strands. I used hot glue on the edges to keep them in place.

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Then I wound the twine around the short way, covering the short strands and leaving the sides finished.

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All covered up.

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For the frame, I wanted to keep the background white so that the wood spools and the thread colors would stand out, but I also wanted to add some texture and interest, particularly on the sides of the frame. So I wound the twine around the frame going one direction and criss-crossing over in the other direction. I used dabs of hot glue in the back to keep the twine in place.

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Screw the corkboard and the ledge back in. As you do this, think about the time you told your mean manager that “You have a screw loose.” When he said “WHAT?” to you, you picked up the screw that fell out of his chair and handed it to him, saying “A screw fell out of your chair.” Giggle to yourself as you twist all 10 screws back into the frame. Teehee. Heeheeheeheeheehee. He has a screw loose! Teeheehee.

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Now it’s ready for the spools! I sorted my spools into small/medium/large. There were mostly large, some small and only a few mediums.

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I actually wanted to turn all the labels out, but the large spools were sticking out too much for this project. So I turned out a few of the small ones, and left space in between the large ones so you could still see them if you looked closely.

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I hot glued the spools into place.

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There were two small spools that were almost empty. I removed the thread and glued thumbtacks onto them.

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And I couldn’t resist doing the same with some vintage buttons.

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All done. It looks so fun as an inspiration board in my craft corner.

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I purposely put the two largest spools at the bottom to hold a pencil and a pair of little scissors.

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But…check out how it looks with this art work from Mandipity! So this is how I left it, and I hope to hang it up on the wall soon. Looks like I’ll have to get another corkboard for my inspiration stuff.

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This was such a fun project. I had never seen actual wooden spools before and I can’t believe I was so lucky to find a whole box full! They are so lovely to look at and now I’m glad I can see them whenever I like. And it was so cool to learn a little bit about sewing history.

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73 comments:

  1. That is so cool! What a great find.
    p.s thanks for linking up to the challenge. Good luck!

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  2. This looks fantastic, the coloured threads are wonderful!

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  3. I love this idea! It's very original!! Sew cute ;)

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  4. Love it! I would love to post up all my inspirational photos on such a lovely pin board.

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  5. I love this Steph!!! I think it's one of cutest cork boards I've ever seen!

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  6. You are so brave to do this! I would've hoarded those spools and just kept them in a box to look at. You did a great job, this board is stinkin beautiful! And I love those pins!!

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  7. This is wonderfully thoughtful. I love that you used things from your past and brought them into now. I wish I had a source for old spools!

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  8. Isn't it wonderful when you find something and it triggers something from your childhood. I have a big soft spot for wooden spools. TFS!!

    Stopping by from WhipperBerry's party. This is what I posted:
    http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/05/wool-buffalo-check-coat-finished.html

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  9. Such a cool find and WOW I just love what you made! The last pic with the printable is my fave. Saw your thumbnail on TT&J and again at Craft Envy. I'm bookmarking this post and following your blog. ;)

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  10. That is so adorable. I have a bunch of old spools, you may have inspired me:) Found you on Tatertots and Jello.

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  11. that is so cute! (almost said "sew cute" but resisted)

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  12. What a LUCKY find! Love what you did with your treasures!

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  13. So cute and clever! I think we have some of those wooden spools left in my grandmother's stash.

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  14. This is adorable! What a find! I love how you took the time to wrap the ledge with twine and add the twine accent to the frame part! I have two old, wooden sewing boxes that I need to do something with! One was my grandmother's and the other was my Aunt's Mom's sewing box. This would make a cute display for my sewing room . . . thanks for posting!

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  15. I just used this on my blog and linked everyone to your page! You inspired me in a round-about way to organize my sewing and stamping room!

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  16. This project is so cute. I love things that bring back memories like the spools of thread did for you.

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  17. This is absolutely precious!!! Love the tutorial- and so creative!

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  18. This is just lovely! What a fun way to treasure the history of sewing.
    Stopping by from Flamingo Toes.
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  19. Awesome, original, colorful...loooove it! :)

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  20. Another wonderful project! I just love the look of those old spools, and using them for the cork board is simply inspired!

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  21. super adorable!
    I found your blog via LambAround ;)
    Have a great weekend!

    If you don’t mind please visit and kindly left some sweet comment on my blog
    teddy bear princess

    LotsOfLoves

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  22. super adorable!
    I found your blog via LambAround ;)
    Have a great weekend!

    If you don’t mind please visit and kindly left some sweet comment on my blog
    teddy bear princess

    LotsOfLoves

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  23. This is SO cute. Great job.
    Tina @ http://sweetfloweret.blogspot.com

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  24. Love this! I miss the wooden spools, wish they still made them.

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  25. This is really, really beautiful. Neatly made, well thought through and a treat to look at!

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  26. fabulous idea!! thanks for partying with whipperberry!
    kisses

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  27. Oh my word - what a cute idea for a sewing or craft room!

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  28. Just wanted you to know I love this project- and featured you this week on A Law Student's Journey!
    http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/
    Thanks!
    Kitty

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  29. Love the vintage sppols - this turned out super cute! Thanks for sharing - Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  30. This is really delightful. What a cute idea!

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  31. This is really fantastic! I was just given a ton of vintage spools and this is a great way to display them! Thank you for sharing!

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  32. I remember seeing wood stools in my grandmother's sewing cabinet. I miss them, wood spools have more character than plastic.

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  33. I've never seen anything like this, and I love the collection of spool shapes & bright colors! Clever way to attach the spools as well!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  34. oh wow, what a treasure box you got! and i love the collection of spool and how u use them in the frame, such a great idea and inspiring, love the result, super cute!!!

    btw i'm your new follower from homemakeronadime blog hop party!

    (http://tea-diary.blogspot.com)

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  35. A great way to display your treasures! Love it!

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  36. What an incredible idea!! So gorgeous!! I love that you found all of those fun vintage spools of thread, they are just beautiful!!

    Really, great job!

    All the best.

    Erin
    LTC

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  37. Thanks for your great tutorial! What a cute project:) I am now following via Homemaker on a Dime Blog Party!
    Can's wait to look around some more:)

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  38. This turned out great! Thanks for joining us and sharing with us this awesome post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

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  39. oh my goodness! i love your blog. it is so original and creative. this project too!

    new follower,
    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  40. This is absolutely awesome! Luv this!
    Thanks Steph for stopping by 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean' and your thoughtful comment :) Yes, my hubby is recovering perfectly!
    take care...
    ~Jill

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  41. I love that! I have a ton of old spools that were from my grandma that need something done with them. Thanks for the ispiraiton!

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  42. I saw the word vintage and I had to take a look- I and coming from tater tots. What a great find and I love how you used the threads on your cork board! I'd love it if you stopped by Workshop Wednesday and shared it for the party!

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  43. Stinking adorable! What a great find! My mom has a similar sewing box, but in an aqua color!

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  44. Stinking adorable! What a great find! My mom has a similar sewing box, but in an aqua color!

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  45. you put so much thought into this, down to reading the labels details. Love the idea of sticking scissors and a pencil into the bottom spools.
    Thanks for linking to another great resource.

    I had the same box myself back in the 70s. This brought back memories. I never had so many great colors to play with.

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  46. What a treasure you found! I actually have an old sewing box like this in green!
    I love what you did with these very special woodFound you at Momnivore's Dilemmaen spools!

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  47. I shared your project in my Saturday Seven lineup this week. Thanks so much for the inspiration! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/05/saturday-seven-no-12.html

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  48. What wonderful creativity!! That is a great find.

    Smiles,
    The Joyful Thrifter

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  49. I sew need to find me some vintage spools. I want to make one of these for my Momma. She would love it. Would love for you to stop by to visit me... http://bestpartofbelieveis.blogspot.com/ I am your newest follower!! Hope you follow back!!

    ~ Nikki

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  50. featured this on my blog today

    www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  51. Ultra cool, I simply loved this :) Its so colorful and simple!!

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  52. WOW! This is awesome. I totally need to make one of these for my craft room! I have tons of vintage threads from my grandmother! I'm a new follower of yours! I'd love if you linked up to Sew Woodsy.

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  53. Hi - that's a fab idea - I've blogged about it and linked back over on my own blog www.bustleandsew.blogspot.com
    such an original creation.
    So pleased to have found your blog, will be sure to pop back regularly.

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  54. What a great project! I have that exact sewing box in Brown that was my mom's - I'll have to find my own project to do with all my spools!

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  55. Great idea!!!!! I´ll feature on my blog. Hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

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  56. This is amazing! I especially love the spool and button thumbtacks :)

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  57. Hi Steph! Just wanted you to know how much we LOVE this project...we're featuring it today on our blog. Stop by and say hi!

    http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com/blog/2011/06/lwl-silly-pearl.html

    Thanks for such a great tutorial! :)

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  58. Your cute spool border idea caught my eye, and then I saw the vintage gold sewing chest ... MY mom had one just like it back in the 60's I guess ... I remember it well, when I was learning to sew too. Wish I had it today !!

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  59. This is awesome! I love everything about it. Featured it today on Sew Dang Cute Crafts:

    http://www.sewdangcutecrafts.com/2011/08/fab-five_20.html

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  60. I have a box just like this one. It too, has tons of old thread spools and miscellaneous buttons and notions. I got it when my mother died. Priceless memory for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  61. I just shared this on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/11/turn-empty-thread-spools-into-art.html

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button on the right sidebar if you like.

    @pril

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  62. Your cork board is so gorgeous! I love vintage spools and I'm always looking for fun things to do with mine! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration! I love it! :)

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  63. I have SO many wooden spools of thread ... from ages ago... and hardly ever use them... but now I have a use for them! So cool - thank you!!

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  64. I just love this project and cannot wait to replicate! BTW - Thrifty ice cream is still being sold at Rite Aid and Farrell's. The first still does it in the original cylinder. I remember when it was 10¢ a scoop! Now to go hit the nearest Thrift Store!

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  65. LOVE this idea! This will be a cute gift for a friend of mine that SEWS like Crazy! She will love it.

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