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.
I noticed the plastic was just the right size for embroidery thread bobbins.
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.
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.
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
and cut the slits.
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
and wind the thread around the middle of the bobbin. Tuck the second end into the other slit.
© Noreen Doll
I love this idea and it would probably hold up longer than the cardboard kind, I have had to replace a few of mine
This is such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!
Kristina & Millie says
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!
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
Diana Rambles says
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
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!!
This is such a clever storage idea! I LOVE it!
Sherri | Thread Riding Hood says
What a great idea! We don’t have milk jugs here – but I’m sure we could substitute another type of plastic container. Thanks!
This looks awesome!!!
Great idea for storing floss and twine. Much more durable than paper ones.
Sara @ Content in the Meantime says
Nice! Thanks again for sharing at my What Are You Doing? Blog Hop!
Catherine @ Happily Ever Crafter says
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!
Linda @ A La Carte says
What a great idea. I love the recycling of as much of that milk carton as possible.
Love recycling!! Great idea!!
Trina Morgan says
Diann @ The Thrifty Groove says
This is such a good and practical idea! Thanks for sharing it with us at TTF
Can I spell brilliant? I can, and you are! What a great idea!
Insanely creative, girl…….
Linda aka Crafty Gardener says
What a great idea to recycle plastic containers. I’ve made my own bobbins before and always used cardboard.
Lanaya | Raising Reagan says
When I did sew .. and that’s not often .. I loved the spools that were like this. Great tips!
Thank you. 🙂
(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
Recreate and Decorate says
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.
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!
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!
Brilliant! I love that you repurpose an item that would otherwise be thrown out. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.
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Have a wonderful week!
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 🙂
Such a brilliant way to recycle! I’m so impressed. It made me think of all the thick plastic containers my husband brings home from restaurant leftovers. Fortunately a lot of places are going towards biodegradable but not so much the places he frequents. Your super creative idea has started my thinking w/ how to recycle other items for all my beading, sea glass, etc. we use egg cartons for small XMas ornaments, seed starters & painting palettes for the Kids. It bothers me putting that stuff in recycle bins. Going to follow you & see others’ ideas as well. Please share any more ideas you or your readers’ any have.