Getting Organized–Baby Steps

I’ve been working on getting my sewing area more organized and I just have to share how much I love my Double-sided Thread Organizer!  It’s clear enough to see through so you can tell which colors are in which side. 

It holds our Essential Thread spools with enough extra room to keep the matching bobbin in the same compartment so I don’t have to spend time trying to match colors (and I can instantly tell if I need to wind one or not). 

I like to appliqué, and now, because all my thread is in one place, I can just grab it and head off to class or quilt retreat and know I have all my colors with me. 

One of the challenges with thread is that once you take the wrapping off you don’t have any way to tell what the color name was.  To solve this problem I bought some removable Avery labels that fit nicely in the bottom of the compartments, typed in the names using their handy template, and printed them out. 

I decided being removable was key so I can move or remove them as my needs change and my thread collection grows.  Now I just have to be disciplined enough to put them back where they go when I’m done and I’ll always have my thread neatly organized!

What do you use for thread storage?


  1. B J Elder - June 19, 2013

    I have two of those same double sided thread storage boxes and love them too. What a great idea to use removable labels – didn’t know about them. I’ll be looking to get those right away. I also have larger CT cones in a couple of clear plastic boxes. They are okay, but are not a perfect fit for them. Would love CT to come out with boxes that fit them (hint hint). Then I have the rest of my thread in three drawers of a plastic drawer system (Iris). I like keeping my thread covered or in drawers when not in use, but need them handy as I’m doing a lot of thread painting now and having them organized at easy to get to is essential!

  2. Stephanie - June 19, 2013

    So much neater that my current thread situation! My bobbins are a mess as well as my spools. Thanks for the great tips and the removable labels are a terrific score!

  3. April - June 19, 2013

    I use the double sided thread boxes too! I love them because I can keep the bobbins with the spools it matches without having to hunt for the match. I’ve been meaning to label mine with the colors. I just have some small papers ripped up and labeled with them now. I have a sewing room clean up coming and that will be on the list to add.

  4. Aida - June 19, 2013

    Nice idea! I have a set of embroidery threads that came with the two-sided box, and it’s really a big convenience to not fight the tangled threads.
    When I bought the CT threads 2 years ago, I kept them in the box they came in. Whenever I open one I clip the label off the transparent cover and insert it inside the cone. So when I need to see the name I have it handy.

  5. Gayle/La. - June 19, 2013

    I also use these storage boxes for my sewing thread and am glad that the bobbins fit so nicely right there in the same compartment. Thanks and as BJ said it would be nice to have a storage box for the larger cones of thread.

  6. carole sullivan - June 20, 2013

    as soon as I get my order I will be doing the same thing with my spools! I see you labeled yours–great idea–thanks!!!

  7. Sheryn - June 20, 2013

    I love the double sided boxes as well! I have them labeled by the handle: Applique, Hand-Quilting, General, Specialty, etc etc and keep them in the bookcase, ready to grab! I also keep a small notebook (pocket-size) on top of them so I can keep track of what I want to order next!

  8. Carylanne - June 20, 2013

    I recently received my organizer, and love the size and the look of it. Very easy to see just what I have. Only this morning I was adding new colors into my shopping cart. I do sew enjoy the 100% cotton threads.