20+ embroidery floss organizer options & storage methods to keep your thread organized!
After your first stitching project, you’ll probably find yourself drowning in embroidery floss! It’s cheap to buy and easier to have on hand when inspiration strikes but if you dump it all in a ziploc bag, you’ll end up with a messy knot of unusable material (ask me how I know!!). I’ve saved some really creative methods of organizing thread over the years and now have them all in an organized list to hopefully inspire you!
If you’re deciding on a new storage method, I think there are a few things to consider, leave a comment if you think I missed anything for folks to think over before they pick one:
- Is dust a factor? If your house doesn’t have a/c, if you open windows often, have pets, etc. things will get dusty quickly so open storage will make your floss dirty.
- Do you travel with craft supplies? Consider the portability of whatever you choose if you want to stitch on the go!
- Plastic purchasing is always a consideration for me – I don’t aim to be plastic free (as you can see, I store mine in plastic!) but if I am purchasing plastic, I want it to be a higher quality that will hold up over time.
I currently have my floss in two spots; all my Sulky Cotton Petites hang out in their perfect little carrier (Shop: JOANN or Amazon or Sulky) and all the DMC & assorted floss chills in a boring ArtBin like this one (Shop: JOANN or Amazon)
Check out these other links while you’re here!
- 40+ best modern embroidery kits for beginners
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20+ embroidery floss organizer options & storage methods
Clothespins on a frame
Amy has the prettiest little setup with a framed hanger and floss on clothespins!
Wood bobbin rack
I love this look; use regular bobbins and stand them up - the shop also has a version that holds clothespins upright!
I love the color coordination with this bobbin-free method.
Hang it up
These clever bars hang in a file folder container, isn't that smart!
DIY cardboard organizers made this a perfect organization fit in a filing cabinet.
Use a floss reel
A neat invention to let you flip through, like a floss rolodex.
Use popsicle sticks
This has an especially small footprint, taking up probably the least space of any of them, and it's cheap!
Stick them in bottles
Stick the floss in tiny little bottles, like this method from Roseann Kermes! , see the Rosebud Cottage shop here.
Use baggies and a ring
Not fancy but very effective, this is how much of mine has been stored when I find it at the thrift store!
Hang it up on a corkboard
This is so pretty and doesn't take anything fancy! I've also seen some bobbins pushpinned to a cork board, similarly.
Use a mega bobbin
Designed for leftover bits of floss but I think it would work for full size skeins too, a gigantic bobbin!
Sew a project keeper
This is a PDF pattern to make a floss holder with cute little bobbin cubbies. Shop the pattern directly on the Tiger Lily Designs site or on Etsy.
Tie it all up
Probably the prettiest option here and more designed for single projects than overall storage, I couldn't resist including this beautiful wood organizer.
Hang it all up with stickers
Clean and pretty, I love the colored labels and there are options for DMC, Anchor, Cosmo, and Weeks Dye Works with more brands in the works!
Use foam inserts and bobbins
Another cute mini filing cabinet idea!
Hang it up on hooks
Use these slim hangers and keep it all on the wall!
Store it on clothespins
Clothespins again, but this time in a cute little bowl or some cubbies!
- Organized by color number, with a secret ingredient to make the bags stand up, at Bird Nest On The Ground
- Use clothespins and pretty long shelves, like @poppystitch
- Use a binding comb to keep floss straight, as seen on Needle N Thread
- Just loop it loosely on a thread organizer, as seen on Sublime Stitching
Bobbins to make or buy
If you are set on using bobbins, check out these cute options!
Multi-color snarky bobbins
Extra long and sassy at the top, these are so cute.
DIY Embroidery Floss Bunny Storage Organizers
A cute little free tutorial, good for upcycling cardboard too!
Another bunny option that you can buy, it comes with a little drawer to store it too!
A free printable, floss with a face!
I love how these look with floss wrapped on top, it's such a fun shape!
Another free bobbin with animal faces!
These bobbins are so beautiful, I'm not sure I could cover them up with floss!
I haven't tried these but they are a unique shape that would make re-wrapping the floss from DMC skeins easy.
- Cute little printable cat bobbins from Cat & Raven
- Free sheep bobbin template from American Felt & Craft
- A free printable classic bobbin shape from The Frugal Crafter
Sunday 12th of June 2022
Thank you for sharing my bobbins! 😊💛
Friday 10th of June 2022
I use the same clothes pins that andotheradventures uses. I did buy three of the colored photo holders that were mentioned, then bought the clothespins. They are $12.99/each right now at Michael’s ( 06.10.22).
Stephanie - Swoodson Says
Tuesday 28th of June 2022
thanks for the tips!!