Framed Thread Holder Tutorial

Remember the Macro Lens that my husband gave me for Mother’s Day? Well that was one part of my Mother’s Day gift.  The next part was this thread holder.  He knew that I would want to tailor it to my liking so he waited until we could collaborate on it together.  I picked out the trim and colors and he assembled it!  He even took pictures for me in case I wanted to blog about it.  Of course! So here is what He we did.

Framed Thread Holder Tutorial

Start with a piece of wood.  Ours was a piece of scrap wood that measured 10 1/4 inch x 18 3/8 inch x 3/4 inch . Using a carpenters square, measure out squares 1 1/2 inch x 1 1/2 inch and mark the center of each square.  Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the nails you will be using, drill almost completely through the board in the center of each of the squares.  We were able to get 6 squares per row on our board.  After every row we left a 1/4 inch space.  Make sure you leave a space around the outside of your board as well to attach your frame to.  We left a 5/8 inch space around to glue the frame onto.  It should look like this.

I picked out a trim that was polyurethane because it had the look I wanted for a cheaper price.  Because of this, I used Power Grab instead of wood glue.  If you have wood trim you can use wood glue instead.  For the nails we used 3 inch galvanized nails ( I liked the look of the galvanized better).

Cut your trim at 45 degree angles to fit your board.

If you need help with cutting the trim you can check out this tutorial.

Next, start gluing them on according to the instructions on your glue of choice.

Once the trim is all on and dried, you can prime and paint.  We used Krylon Sun Yellow and glazed with Ralph Lauren Tea Stained Glaze.

Allow to dry and then add the nails.  We found that 2 hits with the hammer were all they really needed.

Now comes the fun part! Arranging your way too messy sewing box filled with tangled threads onto your new thread board holder!

Now you have a fun, beautiful and effective way to showcase or store your thread.

I love making things myself but sometimes it is fun to have someone else make you just what you want!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. that is so cute! i love that color by the way!

  2. Very pretty and so clever! I never thought to make a thread board.

  3. That is awesome that he wanted to make that with you. So neat!

  4. really creative idea and it would look great in my someday dream craft room…..yes a whole room devoted to crafting….imagine the possibilities….sigh.. 🙂

  5. Such a great idea! Way better than shoving them all in a drawer like I do now!

  6. This is so smart, I need to make one ASAP! Love the yellow too!

  7. Love this – thanks for sharing it!

  8. That is ‘sew’ neat!!! I love it and am going to be showing this to my hubby. Visiting from Show and Tell Wednesday.
    {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

  9. great idea! I definitly need a new way to store my thread. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Love, Love, Love this!!!!
    Great color and great idea!

  11. Oh Lisa! I have seriously had the time of my life looking at your blog for the past TWO hours! I read every post (haha)! You truly are so very talented at this. I love your style and your girls are the perfect models for a lot of your crafts. Thanks for sharing this blog and I will for sure be back to see more!! (I feel extra special that I get to see some of your stuff in person since I’m your neighbor). 🙂

  12. Loving this I am working right now on my craft room… what a great idea. I’d love for you to share this at my link party. Great job!

  13. How clever!

  14. OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! So smart and simple! I am totally pinning this and will be making one for myself soon! And of course I’ll give you and your hubby full credit! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thanks for sharing the tut! I just can’t bring myself to buy one and now I don’t have to. I love the color!

  16. I love this idea! I don’t have very much thread though, but it’s something to remember!

  17. Ahhh I love this! Now, you’ve inspired me to want to frame my thread rack! I found you via What Allie’s Making Now link party. I’m your newest follower and I’d love for you to link this up at Sew Woodsy

  18. Perfect! I’ve wanted to make something like this for a while – the nails are long enough to store your bobbin on top of the thread spool. I hate storing them separately, you always use them together, but I can’t find a thread storage box with long spindles. I love it!


  19. Love the tutorial! Really original. I was trying to figure out a fun pretty way to organize my thread. Pinned on my Pinterest!

  20. I seriously LOVE this! what a great idea and completely original! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  21. I LOVE THIS!!!! THanks for sharing!

  22. This is fabulous! I want one! I’d love for you to link up!!

  23. What a lovely way to keep those spools of thread organized.

  24. On my to-do list!

  25. Creative & so nice to look at! Great job! Makes me wish I had that many spools of thread (actually only have mini travel sewing kit spools).

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  26. This is sensational! What a great idea. I love that it is framed! I will feature this tomorrow at Grab my “featured” button.

  27. I love this! Pinning it so when I have space to hang my thread I can make my own. I love the finish you used for the frame too.

  28. That is so great! And I love that it is something that you made together. Love the color too

  29. This is a great idea for storage… and I love the frame color. So happy!
    (sharing link to this today on my FB page)

  30. I already emailed this to my dad so he can help me make one! Such a great idea. thanks!

  31. what a great idea!

    I’m a new follower, have a great day!

  32. love this idea! love the color! awesome 🙂


  33. Lovely, beautiful, dreamy! I’m a new follower!

    BTW, I am giving a quilt away on my blog if you’d like to check it out!

  34. Oh my word! This is pure genious! I’m totally loving it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you have for next week!

  35. I love this idea. I will have to come up with a way to do this with my embroidery thread.

  36. Wood? Check.

    Trim molding scraps? Check.

    Guess what I’m making this summer….

  37. love love love this..thank you for sharing

  38. What a unique idea! I love the color you chose to paint this too! So bright and cheerful

  39. What a fantastic idea and project! Sweet hubby to help with it 🙂

  40. Wonderful idea. Only I’ll be using a frame that was going out instead of building my own. Thanks for the post.

  41. I love the idea of using trim–so much more interesting than a store-bought frame.

  42. so amazing! You have a new follower! I can’t wait to make this.


  43. This is brilliant!

  44. This is fantastic! It is exactly what I have been looking for. I didn’t want to buy one of those ugly ones from the craft store. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I will be sharing this with our readers on FB! Thank you!

    Jill of

  45. Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We will be featuring your project tomorrow. Please make sure you stop by and grab a featured button!

    Katie from Sew Woodsy

  46. Once again, you knocked it out of the park. Ok, I need to follow and add your blog to my side bar…doing it now!


  47. It looks so awesome, like a work of art. I really need to make one for myself. Thanks.

  48. Love this, and your men’s shirt makeover!! So happy to have found your blog! Very creative and cool, love your style
    ~Your newest follower from Craftgawker 🙂

  49. I super love this & am totally going to make one for myself! I’ve pinned this 🙂 Thanks for sharing your awesome idea!!

  50. That is just gorgeous! I wish I had a handy husband!

  51. Love it! I’m always looking for ideas to get stuff up off my workspace =)What a fun project idea! Please stop by and join my party this weekend at

  52. This is brilliant.

  53. What a brilliant idea!!
    Thank you for linking this up to {nifty thrifty things} as well!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! 😉

  54. Awesome!! What a great way to organize. Now .. is your husband available to hire? LOL

    Julie Andrea

  55. This is so creative and beautiful! I have featured this to my linky laundry list this week –


  56. That’s such a brilliant idea! I am totally going to do this. It would look so cool in my bedroom. But I suppose I would keep it near my sewing machine. Arrgh I am actually in love – beautiful <3

  57. I love that! I’m going to have to make one for all my thread too!

  58. Love the frame. I’ve already made the spool part. Now to give it some class.

  59. Love this! I featured you today at

    🙂 Cristan

  60. love it!so unique and so useful on finding the best matching thread when you want to make a sew project! 🙂

  61. this is an awesome idea, i think im going to change the nail measurements to accommodate for my cassette tape collection!

  62. this is just what i have been looking for! thanks so much for the measurements, thats what i was most dreading having to take time to sort out! 🙂

  63. It’s like a work of art!

  64. Thanks for this tutorial…I´ll feature on my blog
    hope you don´t mind
    hugs from Brazil

  65. I love this so much. I made one of my own and it turned out pretty well! I posted pictures on my blog (with reference and links to your tutorial of course!)

    It is in case you want to check it out.

    Keep up the great work, I love your stuff!

  66. pinned this, love it and what to do this. winks- jen

  67. I loved this idea.

  68. Love it! I’m preparing a post for Friday Finds about craft rooms and hope you don’t mind if I share this with my readers.

  69. This is so awesome.

  70. I pinned this on Pinterest with a link to your blog.

  71. I love the idea!Amazing!;)

  72. This is amazing!!! So great!

  73. Saw this on Ucreate and LOVE IT! Thanks for an awesome tutorial and idea!

  74. Lovelovelove! Thanks for sharing, I need one, my threads are a mess!

  75. What an awesome idea! If I were to have a stash of sewing supplies, this would come in handy! LOL

  76. Just posted this on my blogs facebook page and pintrist!

  77. I’ve had this awesome tute pinned for awhile and today I’m going to try and make one. Thanks for the tutorial, you’re awesome!!!

  78. so great! i’m making one of these for my mom– she’s going to love it! thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  79. Nicely done!

  80. I loved the idea,so I will feature you on the blog tomorrow.


  81. I totally love this thread holder!! I found it on pinterest and modified it a little to make my own! Thanks for the fantabulous idea! 🙂

  82. AWESOME!!! Love the yellow!

  83. I absolutely love this idea! It inspired me to make a similar one!

  84. This is awesome. Thanks! I’m super duper excited to make one!!!!

  85. Love, love, love this idea that I pinned it and showed hubby. Guess what he made me for my birthday?! I gave a shout out to you over in my blog post today:

  86. I love this so much that I made one of my own!

    Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

  87. I can envision doing this with a few frames I’ve got lying around and just using some scrap pegboard and wooden dowels glued into the holes. You could fill the extra holes with wood filler or wall putty, sand lightly, and paint. Dowels can be super long for serger thread, medium for embroidery spools, and shortest for normal thread. But why not do three separate frames in different colors? Love, love, love this. Ty!

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  92. Cool! Thank you.
    Now I’m thinking to organize my Wires into something like this 😉

  93. I made one just like this, just a lot bigger, but I couldn’t find the color i needed fast enough. I almost thew it away, but then I bent all nails upwards at about 45 degrees and now is perfect and spools don’t fall off either. Oh, and no frame, what’s up with the frame?

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks for your comment Sali. I have not had a problem finding my thread color. Maybe that is because my board is smaller than yours. I framed it to make it more of a decoration and I wouldn’t change a thing!

  94. daphnecat says:

    I made mine a few years ago, not as fancy but it works great! I angled the nails so spools wouldn’t fall off when I’m browsing. I keep the matching bobbins on the same nail eliminating another organizing project!

    • greylustergirl says:

      I tried keeping my bobbins with my thread but I didn’t like how it looked. I do agree it would be more functional though! Thanks for dropping by!

  95. One word that I’d give to you is cool ..
    You are very creative in making a framed thread holder ..
    Makes me inspired to make the same holder but with a different frame models and patterns.
    I am a manufacturer of leather shoes (sepatu kulit
    ), maybe I can make an attractive holder to put the my product (shoes).

    • greylustergirl says:

      Great idea to make a holder for your shoes Sally! I am glad my thread holder was an inspiration for you! Thanks for stopping by!

  96. I love this! I have a complete mess on my hands when it comes to my thread and bobbins. I can’t seem to find a container big enough for them all and certainly nothing as pretty as this. I might have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Dominique! The thread board has worked so well for me so far but I have yet to find an equally cute way to organize my bobbin thread. I have tried putting it with the spools on the thread board but it just didn’t work for me. I am still looking too!

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