Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

By Noreen Doll.

I had a little bit of plastic left around the opening of the milk jug and I wanted to be able to use it, because I challenged myself to use as much of the jug as I could.

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

I noticed the plastic was just the right size for embroidery thread bobbins.

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

So I used a bobbin I already had as a pattern, and traced the bobbins around the opening.

And you can make longer bobbins for baker’s twine.

Crafty Journal - Milk Jug Bakers Twine Bobbin

Now I can have all the bobbins I need without spending a penny.


Milk Jug scraps



How to Make an Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug.

1. Trace a bobbin you already have on to the milk jug plastic. If you don’t have a bobbin, use the photos to create one.

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

This bobbin is about 1 3/4 inches long, and 1 1/2 inches wide at the widest part at the ends.

2. Make 2 slits at one end of the bobbin or one slit at each end to tuck the embroidery threads into.

3. Cut out the bobbin

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

and cut the slits.

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

4. Use alcohol on a paper towel to remove the marker ink from the bobbins.

5. Tuck one end of the thread in one of the slits

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

and wind the thread around the middle of the bobbin. Tuck the second end into the other slit.

Crafty Journal - Embroidery Thread Bobbin from a Milk Jug

© Noreen Doll

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  1. I love this idea and it would probably hold up longer than the cardboard kind, I have had to replace a few of mine

  2. This is such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Found via Frugal Crafty home. Love the idea of using up the whole jug! I have several ideas on using these little ‘bobbins’. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Clever, very clever! I love upcycling and with 5 kids I go through a lot of milk. What a great way to keep the threads together

  5. Great idea!

  6. Oh no, if my daughter sees this she will be having me save milk jugs now! :) She was to save everything and reuse it. :) Nothing wrong with that. This looks like a great idea and it looks very durable. Saw on nap-time creations! :) I’d love for you to visit me!
    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

  7. oh gosh, this is great. especially for my 8 year old’s embroidery floss collection that’s taking over my house for friendship bracelets!! awesome!!

  8. This is such a clever storage idea! I LOVE it!

  9. What a great idea! We don’t have milk jugs here – but I’m sure we could substitute another type of plastic container. Thanks!

  10. This looks awesome!!!

  11. Great idea for storing floss and twine. Much more durable than paper ones.

  12. Great idea!

  13. Nice! Thanks again for sharing at my What Are You Doing? Blog Hop!

  14. That is SUCH an awesome idea! When I run out of my cardboard ones I’d probably never be able to find them in the store! I’ll definitely be pinning this and using this tutorial in the future!

  15. What a great idea. I love the recycling of as much of that milk carton as possible.

  16. Love recycling!! Great idea!!

  17. Great idea:)

  18. This is such a good and practical idea! Thanks for sharing it with us at TTF

  19. Can I spell brilliant? I can, and you are! What a great idea!

  20. Insanely creative, girl…….

  21. What a great idea to recycle plastic containers. I’ve made my own bobbins before and always used cardboard.

  22. When I did sew .. and that’s not often .. I loved the spools that were like this. Great tips!

    Thank you. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  23. what a great idea! I would love to learn to sew. That is one thing I just havent been ale to do. Thanks for sharing at DIY Sunday Showcase.

  24. How smart are you?? I love your idea. SO smart! Thanks for sharing at Tickled Pink Times Two!! Can’t wait to see more from you!

  25. That is a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Thursday’s Temptation. You link got the most views so I will be featuring it at tonights link party!

  26. Brilliant! I love that you repurpose an item that would otherwise be thrown out. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

  27. Hey there! Thanks for stopping by Bowdabra and linking up your great post! Stop by again next week and link up some more awesome projects!

    Have a wonderful week!

  28. what an awesome idea, I was thinking on making some out of cardstock but they are just so flinzy, this is just great! subscribing to your site now, thanks a million :)

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