I'm trying to tame my embroidery floss basket. I inherited it around the age of 10 from my mother and sister, and it looks like this:
Lame, huh? I mean, there's a LOT of floss, yay!, but also, it's just a big tangle, mostly. SO, I ordered some super awesome boxes via amazon, and started winding.
it's getting better. But then, I also ordered this book, and I need exact colors, and I also noticed that I frequently have like 5 skeins of the same color, so I REALLY need to use more of the paper bobbins that I can write on, not just the plastic ones that come in the boxes.
but Joanns is quite a drive (well, it's only like 15 minutes away, but ... I hate going there). And I feel silly ordering paper bobbins online. So I looked around, and there are some REALLY cute free printable floss bobbins out there on the interwebs. (most notably these from Wild Olive). I printed out a page, but then I realized that I need like 100. or more. and cutting out 100 bobbins from cardstock one at a time was going to drive me batty.
So I thought about it, and looked around the web some more, and finally just gave up and made my own. These are super simple, both in design, and in terms of time/effort required. All you really need is an exacto blade and a straight edge!
If you'd like to make some too, click the pic to download and print, as many times as you'd like, for personal use only.
I printed them on cardstock that I had on hand, and while it's OK to cut them all out separately, I found that I liked them best when cut as in the photo above. Cut the columns out with an exacto, then cut the bobbins out in pairs. Score along the line between them, and fold them over, then treat them as one. Cut the side bits out, then slice the thread-end-grabby-bits, then hole punch if you like. I didn't feel like glueing the layers together was necessary, since floss will be wound around them.
I added in a line so you can write the brand/color on the end (write on the side OPPOSITE the thread-slice, just so your thread doesn't get in the way). Let me know if you have any questions. I'm thinking of printing the template out onto pretty scrapbook paper so I can have pretty bobbins, but for now, this is making me REALLY happy.