Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Twine Storage Solution

I should promise that no twine was harmed in the making of this blog post but that would be a big ole lie - there were some minor skirmishes but organization prevailed!

 Have I mentioned that I heart baker's twine? It has been finding its way into my projects more and more, but I have to admit - that stuff can be a PITA to get it unrolled when it is actually time to use it, especially since I only have it in smaller lengths (a sampler pack from The Twinery and one of Divine Twine....well, at least that's what I have right now). Anyway I needed a way to turn this mess.....
into something more manageable. (you should know - this is what happens when the 18 month old decides to "help" mommy). And what I came up with was a design for a thread bobbin that turned that mess into this...
And now all of my twine can be stored on a ring within reach on my pegboard or on the end of my Making Memories cabinet (haven't made up my mind yet). I was going to store them in a box except that enabler Caroline (from Caroline's Craftography) showed me some ribbon storage that made me remember I had binder rings. (Edited to add:) You can find the binder rings in the school supply section at Walmart or an office supply store like Staples - I happened to have some in with my school stuff.

The details:
The process was really very simple - I used three rectangles from George welded together and then cut from kraft cardstock - and I cut two for each thread bobbin and adhered them together to make the bobbin nice and sturdy for the twine. The final bobbin is just over 4 inches high and about 3 inches wide.

I was able to lay out 6 of the design one the mat to be cut out of one 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper - which in the end would give me 3 total bobbins (assuming I put the paper on the mat correctly - can you guess why I said that??). Then I simply added a little slit at the top with a razor and wrote the brand and color name. A hole punch in the bottom and a large binder ring, and the bobbin was done ready for winding!

It really was a painless process and now I can look at all my pretty colors of twine and admire them on a daily basis. But how about a little giveaway?? I have a bobbin of Halloween Baker's Twine from Trendy Twine that I would love to give to one of my followers. I also heart Halloween so I will admit I splurged and bought the whole spool.

How much is on there? No idea - I would guess about 7-10 yards - enough to add that special something to your Halloween projects. Just leave me a comment and I will pick a winner on Friday, July 8th.   As always if you would like the Gypsy file for the bobbin just shoot me an email and I will send it to you.


  1. Great storage idea! I am always rearranging and looking for new ideas! Thanks for sharing your storage tip :)

  2. Great idea. I just used some cardboard and threw them in a shoe box! LOL

    Thanks for sharing. I definitely want this G file.

  3. This is a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing!

    michelegreen120 at gmail dot com

  4. Awesome!!

    Now where do you find the binder rings?

  5. Very clever and I love that you cut the cardboard holder on the Cricut! I love the Halloween colors! Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing your idea.
    Nadia (With Glittering Eyes blog)

  6. Love the storage idea...and I would love to win some twine! :o) Thanks!
    Deb, qoq_1athotmaildotcom

  7. Wow, another wonderful simple solution to a nagging problem. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for a chance to win some Twine of our own.

  8. You are so very clever! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing, I'm going to be making me a few! Also, thanks for the chance to win some of this cool twine!
    LizW in TX

  9. What a very clever idea. I am going to have to make myself some. Thanks for the directions.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  10. Wow, I really like that you used your Cricut. How creative! TFS!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic idea. I am going to try and make me some!!

  12. Great idea, I just recently got into using twine and received 11 colors, I will definitely be making these bobbins and winding my twine on them.
    I love your blog and became a follower

  13. This is a great idea - love it! Thanks for sharing.

  14. You are so kind! I love your idea and would love a chance at winning some Halloween twine.

    kathybrockman @ comcast.net

  15. Very good idea! I have not invested in twine yet. Thank you so much for the chance to win some!


  16. great idea! Thanks I did the same thing with mine

  17. Great idea! I need get some twine!

    amanbains1 at gmail dot com

  18. I love your idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Thank you so much! I blogged about receiving them today for participating in the Christmas In July challenges on the cricut circle. I'm inspired!