Sewing Bee Fabrics Tutorial
How To Make A Wall Mounted Thread Rack
Ok, so strictly speaking this isn't a sewing tutorial, but I needed some more space and my threads seem to wind themselves around each other every time I close the draw so it was time to move them!
This wall mounted thread rack will hold 42 threads and their matching bobbins.
What materials you will need:
A plank of wood (Mine was approx 14cm wide and I cut it down to 90cm length)
4 Wall plugs
42 6mm dowels
6mm wooden rod (You'll need 252cm to have all 42 as full spindles. Mine was only 240 so I just popped 2 dowels into the bottom ends).
What tools you will need:
Saw (only if you need to trim your plank of wood down).
and obviously lots of thread to fill it with!!!
How to make it:
First, I trimmed my plank of wood down to 90cm
Next, I figured out how I wanted to space out my threads, so I took the widest threads I am likely to want up there and measured. I found the best for me was to mark 2cm in for each corner for a screw, then start marking where I want my thread spindles from 5cm from each edge. This leave you with 80cm in the middle.
I marked 4 lines right along the length of the plank, at 3cm, 6cm, 10cm and 13cm. On these lines, I made markings every 4cm. So, including the beginning and end point, this makes 21 marks on each line.
I used a 6mm drill bit and marked the drill with a sticky label at just over 1cm. I used this as a guide to stop drilling to make sure all holes were about the same depth and none went through the plank. Also drill holes through the plank in the corners for your screws. The hole size will depend on your screw size. Make it fit as snug as possible.
Next cut up your 6mm wooden rod into 6cm sections. I found that garden secateurs were best for this. I just made sure I cut part way then turned it to avoid squashing the end.
Next I sanded down the edges around my drilling and the edge of the rods that would be facing out with a bit of sandpaper
Apply a little glue to the end of the rod and push into the drill holes. You will want the 1st and 3rd row made up of rods and the 2nd and 4th row made up with dowels.
To get them all looking even, I used a piece of cardboard as a marker to push them all down to the same height.
For the small dowels, I just gave them a tap with the hammer with some glue already in the hole. Don't forget to wipe off any excess glue as you go.
Wait for the glue to dry then paint it
To fix it to the wall, screw the screws in so that the ends are about level with the end of the plank. Then holding it to the wall where you want it, screw the screws into the wall to leave marks. This will then be your drill guide. Screw the thread stand into place with wall plugs in place.
Now all that is left is to add your threads then look incredibly smug with yourself!
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