Published on April 2nd, 2013 | by Julie Finn8
How-to: Upcycled Cardboard Embroidery Floss Spools
1. Create a template. If you already own some embroidery floss spools that you like, just trace them. Graphing your own pattern on centimeter-gridded graph paper is really easy, however. A template drawn on graph paper is easy to make symmetrical, and you can fancy it up however you wish.
2. Fussy cut from cardboard. To fussy cut something means to cut it specifically to include a certain exact detail, often from a novelty print. I use a lot of fussy cuts in my postage stamp quilt, for instance. You can fussy cut your embroidery floss spools by placing your template over something awesome, like Art Garfunkel’s face or Toucan Sam’s beak.
If you cut your spools out of plain cardboard, you can still embellish them with ink pens–just make VERY sure that nothing you use will rub off on the floss.
3. Wrap and store! The first time I made these spools, it gave me no end of satisfaction to finally wrap all of my floss nice and neatly and organize it correctly (in rainbow order, obviously!).
DIY cardboard embroidery floss spools are also nice to be able to whip out when a kid (or both of them) decides that she *needs* her own supplies, and since you know that you can always make more in just a few minutes, they make it easy–so, SO temptingly easy–to add to your embroidery floss stash on a whim.