Sunday, 16 December 2012

Honk honk; thread-truck fix 'em up

I have been wanting to get some sort of thread rack for quite a while, so that I could arrange my threads in an orderly manner and bring them out into the open, rather than having them stuffed in drawers, hidden from sight. I haven't been able to bring myself to pay money for one of the clear plastic thread organisers that seem to prevail in the world of online sewing accessories, nor have I found the time to follow one of the various online tutorials for making one from scratch.

When I spotted a giant plastic truck sitting on the pavement outside a junk shop in south London a few weeks ago I had an idea. It must have been built as a display case for matchbox vehicles, but the compartments looked the perfect size to hold threads.



I drove the truck home, loaded it up and set it in place. When I opened the doors to access the contents, the vehicle dumped it's load onto the floor. Rather than abandoning my masculine thread holder idea, I decided to build small ridges at the edge of each compartment, to prevent the threads from rolling merrily away. I had a few packets of out-of-date Sugru in my cupboard, and decided to risk using it.


I rolled the Sugru into long skinny sausages of (very) roughly even width, chopped the sausages into shorter lengths and pressed them onto the edges of the shelves.


I left the Sugru to dry over night then put my threads aboard the truck once more. Honk honk! My threads are now travelling safely on my sewing superliner.


3 comments:

  1. Thank you! I think I actually need a fleet of trucks to contain all my threads xx

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