Don't be afraid to try this DIY Threadholder! Perfect for your sewing room

Would you love to have this hanging up in your sewing room?!  

You're in luck!  This DIY version is easy to assemble and you can easily modify to fit your sewing area!


*1 x 3 boards
*1 x 2 boards
*Tape Measure or yard stick
*Saw of some type
*Drill with 3/16" bit
*Small Nails
*Hammer or Nail Gun
*Stud Finder
*2" Screws
*Paint or spray paint
* light manual labor or a hubby's help :) 

  1. Measure the space where you want to put your Thread Holder to determine your height and width.  Don't worry about wall studs at this point because I have a solution for that later.  I hate using toggle bolts!!!
  2. Determine how much space you want in-between each row depending on the size of your thread.  I made mine with a 3" space between rows, but you could do varying sizes depending on your needs.  Do the math to figure out how many horizontal boards you are going to need.  Example:  If you want your height to be 36" and space between rows to be 3", then  divide 36 x 4 (3" space and 1" for board) = 9.  Therefore, you will need 9 boards for the 9 shelves and 1 board for the top.  Because of the 1" board on the top, the top row will only have a 2" space unless you bump the height up to 37".  You might need to play with measurements to get what you want.  The math is the hardest part of this project!!!  
  3. Cut your vertical boards out of 1x3's.  We used a miter saw, but you can use what you have.  The most important thing is to make sure they are all exactly the same length and that they are square.  Tried doing this with a skill saw 1st and that didn't work so well for us.  Also cut 1 1x2 board the same length to be used later in step 9.
  4. Cut 2 horizonal boards out of 1x3's the height you want the thread holder.  
  5. Start assembling.  Drill 2 pilot holes for nails (so boards don't split and makes for easy nailing) in bottom of side board to attach side board to bottom row.  You can skip this step if you are fortunate enough to have a nail gun and if you have a nail gun - you probably don't need these instructions because hubby will be able to make this no problem!!!   
  6. Nail side board to bottom row and attach the other side the same way.  It does come in handy to have a couple of sets of hands!

    wood spacers for even spacing!
  7. Continue this process up to the top.  To make is easy and keep our spacing consistent, I cut some 3" boards out of the 1x2 board to use as spacers.  This kept everything nice and level without measuring between boards!   
  8. Nail last row board to side boards.  It might not space out exactly, but who cares - just nail to top wherever you end up.
  9. Place the 1x2 board under the top board so it will lay flat against the wall and nail it from the top and sides drilling holes 1st.  This is your brace board and the board that you will put the 2" screws thru that will go into wall studs.  
  10. spray paint your Thread Holder.
  11. Use a stud finder to find the studs then mark the 1x2 board where you need to screw - that simple!!! If you don't have a Stud Finder , you should really get one, but if not, you can always nail across your wall until you find a stud and then go 16" from that and there should be another stud.  Make sure you are nailing where brace board will cover nail holes.  Also use a level to make sure you are level or if you don't have a level you can always measure down from ceiling and mark wall.
small board attached to top shelf for easy mounting!

WARNING:  We all have more thread than we think we do so allow yourself to go as big as you can - I wish I would have made mine the entire length of my wall!!

If you don't have an option to make yourself here are some great alternatives! 
These also work as a bonus to TREAT YO' SELF to some new thread when you do make your own new rack!!

Check out the rest of our sewing room tutorials HERE! 

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