DIY Bobbin Holders

So….am I the only one who has a bobbin collection that looks like this??? 

Somehow, I think not! 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to pick a bobbin out of that mess
only to have two others ”jump out” and take off across the floor!
BOY that makes me mad!

And yeah, I know you can buy those little stretchy things that look like miniature ponytail holders to wrap around them and keep the thread all in place. I’ve tried those, and besides being ridiculously expensive, they totally obscure the thread color on the bobbin unless there’s a whole lot of thread on it. 

But here’s the deal, a couple of days ago a friend of mine let me in on the best way in the world to make my own bobbin holders and everything you need you can pick up in a hardware store! 

Clear Flexible Tubing: the size I used was 3/4″ OD and 5/8″ ID. (Found in the plumbing department at your local hardware store.) and A sharp razor blade knife

Ready to get started?

First, Carefully cut little sections from your tubing. I made mine a little over 1/4″ wide
(or depending how you’re looking at it, a little under 3/8″ wide).

Next, make a slice in your ring so you can open it up.

Now just wrap your plastic ring around the thread inside your bobbin
and VOILA! That’s it!!!

The ring should fit easily within the bobbin case securing your thread in place where it belongs. And the thing I love best about these little holders, is that you can easily tell what color the thread color is regardless of how much or how little thread is on the bobbin!

So… what do ya think? Is that easy or what??


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  1. Aleta R Walters on December 9, 2019 at 2:04 am

    great idea will go to hardware store and get some today

  2. marie sykes on July 30, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Now why didn’t I think of that? I guess I’m not sewing enough.

  3. Virginia Burns on September 21, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    This is a great idea!

    Do you mind if I offer up another idea that worked for me too? I’m a genealogist who is always creating reports and such for the people (mostly family) that I do work for. I often supply these using plastic binding combs. You can buy these in clear plastic and the loops hold a bobbin perfectly. The ones I use are 5/8″ x 11″ long and each one can hold 19 bobbins. A package of 25 is usually about $7.00 or so.

    • Tina on October 4, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Brilliant! I have a ton of those at the office. 😉

    • Denise on April 12, 2022 at 4:27 pm

      I need photo of this!!

    • Jessie Beatty on April 14, 2022 at 6:54 pm

      Would you share photo of what the binding plastic comb is, please?

      • Kat on April 14, 2022 at 7:16 pm

        I’m sorry Jessica, but I have no idea what a binding plastic comb is? Can you describe it please?

  4. Tina on October 4, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Kat! Thank you!! You just saved my life; my stress level just dropped by half. Pure genius.
    …now for my spools.

    • Kat on October 5, 2020 at 5:28 am

      Glad to be of help! 🙂

  5. 2catchmeaway on December 5, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Awesome idea. I am going to get some and make life easier. Thank you.

  6. Samantha Gray on January 14, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    WOW! Genius!!