I hand sew in just about every sewing project - I blindstitch all my facings and hems, sew on buttons, mend holes, reinforce corners, embroider, bead... the list goes on! As you can see, I wind a few colours onto each spool. These recycled thread spools always come in handy!

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    Jan 4, 2011, 02.33 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    You can also save thread to make a ’thread sandwich scarf." Swirl leftover thread onto piece of wash-away solvy….smoosh it with another piece of solvy. Draw a grid on sandwich with disappearing ink….saw the grid…wash away….beautiful scarf! So smart I wish I could I could it in my Fabric U iPhone app somehow….

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      Jan 21, 2011, 10.06 AMby olystyrene

      Interesting idea.. thanks for the tip :)

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      Jan 21, 2011, 10.06 AMby olystyrene

      Interesting idea.. thanks for the tip :)

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.20 AMby Heidi McClellan

    Thanks for sharing! Great tip!

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      Jan 21, 2011, 10.00 AMby olystyrene

      You’re welcome ;)

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    Dec 1, 2010, 05.36 AMby urbandon

    Thrifty!- Love it.

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    Nov 24, 2010, 05.31 PMby gatonju

    Thanks for this post. I am the type who has thread all over the floor in her sewing room. I just cut and throw and then clean up later. I will definitely think twice about just chucking the thread, especially when it is specialty thread that I can save. =)

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      Nov 25, 2010, 02.18 AMby olystyrene

      I’m so glad to hear that! You definitely get more for your buck and feel great knowing that your materials are not going to waste :)

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    Nov 24, 2010, 02.52 PMby constances

    Saving only 6 inches (to us in the States)? And picked seams? I don’t think so. But thanks for the sharing.

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      Nov 25, 2010, 02.17 AMby olystyrene

      Yep, I use up all my thread as much as I can! :)

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    Nov 23, 2010, 10.26 PMby nessys

    Darling – I too love your frugality. I hate waste too – so I am a sucker for this.

    I also do a LOT (yes, perhaps far too much) hand basting which is another reuse of long bits of thread and have been know to even re use basting thread once it has been removed from a garment. xx

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      Nov 23, 2010, 10.30 PMby olystyrene

      Miss Nessy, that’s exactly what I’m talking about! I’m always glad to hear other people sharing this sort of approach! xoxo

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    Nov 23, 2010, 05.46 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Kudos to you for your frugality. It’s rare in this “throw away” world.

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      Nov 23, 2010, 10.31 PMby olystyrene

      Thank you! I always think that people don’t mean to be so throw-away. Sometimes it takes a gentle reminder to get someone back on track :)

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