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Make Your Own Thread Racks

Dateline: 12/28/98
Make Your Own Thread Racks

If you aren't comfortable using drills be sure to print a copy of this feature for your favorite toolman. This week I am sharing a simple wood project that makes thread storage neat and organized. There are many places on the net that offer various equipment for storage solutions. You will find many of them listed at Sewing Notions Information . If you're like me, it would cost a small fortune to purchase enough thread organizers to hang all your thread. This week I am sharing my solution with you.
I used various pieces of lumber and will eventually have a whole wall covered. I can tell you that the racks I have made so far, are a termendous help.

Materials Needed

  • 1/4" wood dowels
  • Flat Boards (strips of plywood or planks that are 1" thick or less.
  • a drill press or a drill and brace to maintain a 60 degree angle for the holes.
  • wood glue
  • measuring device
  • Miter box (optional but handy)



Cut the dowels in to the appropriate length using the chart below. I cut them with a 45 degree angle in each end.

Dowel Cutting Guide
Spool Size Dowel Length Hole spacing
2" diameter spool
(regular size)
2.5" 2.5"
3/4" diameter spool
(sm.Gutterman spool)
3" 1.5"
Industrial Cone Spools
(6000 yd)
5.25" 4"
Cone Spools
(serger - 3000 yds)
5.25" 2.5"

Makes holes in the flat boards spaced appropriately for the type of thread spool you need to store.


Use a small dot of wood glue in each hole to hold the dowel.

Screw to the sewing room wall in a convient location, using wall anchors or the wall studs to hold them.

Make as many stripes of thread hangers as you need.



Leave yourself extra dowels at the bottom of your racks for hanging your shears, rulers and other tools. I have found this a great way to keep my shears from being picked up by family members.

Paint or stain your racks to your own preference.

Arrange your spools in color order to make them easy to find and to know what colors you need on your next trip to the fabric store.

Use organizer bins to keep your unhangable accessories organized.

Over sized stacking vegetable bins work great for keeping rolls of fusibles, zippers and elastic.

If you do not use your thread and it gets dusty in your home, make a fabric cover to protect the thread from sunlight and dust.

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