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quick fix: spool storage

Quick fix: Spool storage

I’ve had these two spool racks for years – i originally bought them at Hancock Fabrics when we were living in Iowa. A loooong time ago. And for as long as i’ve had them i’ve wanted to hang them on the wall.

I got bogged down in overcomplicating things – should i remove the legs at the back, should i join the two racks, should they be mounted on a board, what if i drill in the wrong spot, what if i hate it…etc etc ad nauseum

But when we moved back home and i started organising my studio – i decided to get real with myself, and find the simplest quickest solution to getting those babies on the wall.

I bought four 3M hooks, and they were up in a matter of 5 minutes.

Now that all the spools are up you can’t even see the hooks, and its really awesome to have them all within arms reach and off my very valuable cutting table space. And as a bonus i found i could hang some other little things i’m always losing (i’m looking at you measuring tapes and washi tape)

Hooray for keeping it simple!

A quick and easy way to hang spool racks!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

Jealous! I keep my spools in this boxes from ikea that come with dividers, but it looks way more pretty hanging on a wall…

10 years ago

Haha! I laughed so hard when I read your post. I did EXACTLY the same thing with my spool rack (except I finagled my boyfriend into putting mine up instead of doing it myself like you), and it was so quick and awesome to finally have them put up. I’m definitely going to steal your idea of hanging my tape measures up on it, too!

10 years ago

Ah, wow! So pretty. Love having things out and about so you can really SEE them!

Blogless Anna
10 years ago

My brother made me a cotton reel and bobbin rack ( and I love it. It also needs to be hung on the wall, but I’m waiting until we move back into our ‘normal’ house which is undergoing a massive renovations (probably more accurately described as a rebuild!).

10 years ago

Hooray! I do the same thing with my thread racks, but due to limited space I have them all stacked on top of each other instead of next to each other, and drilled into the wall that way. Heehee it looks like the tower of thread when you walk into that room! Boom – so much color! It is pretty to look at the colors altogether though (kind of like functional room art!) and super convenient when you’re looking for thread for your next project.

P.S. Might have to snag your idea and start hanging my measuring tape on it also – that’s a really great idea. Better yet, I should probably get another one and hang them both on there. I’m always misplacing mine!

10 years ago

I thought you were supposed to leave the hooks on the wall for 24 hours before hanging anything on them? Maybe I’m remembering it wrong. Hope they don’t fall off!

10 years ago

This is what I do too! But man you are genius to hang your washi tapes on there as well. I’m so going to do that, thanks for the great idea!

10 years ago

I can’t wait til I have a house I can decorate!

10 years ago

I’m loving it! Very jealous and now on the hunt for own and off course my own wall to hang them on.

Its a piece of art!