Fix for Tangling Embroidery Thread

Introduction: Fix for Tangling Embroidery Thread

About: I'm a hippie flower child who loves Led Zeppelin, music in general (seriously though, I'll listen to anything! <3) nature, summertime, and thunderstorms. :)

Hey there! Do you dye your own embroidery thread? Does it tangle? Well, I have a solution for you. I came up with this before I went out of town for a weekend and I wanted to share it with my community of DIYers. :) So here goes. 

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

For this instructable you'll need the following items:
-Old empty gift card
-Coin (to round the corners)
-The thread you want to keep tangle-free

Step 2: Step Two

Grab your gift card and fold it in half, making sure the two halves are even. Bend it back and forth a few times. This will make it easier to cut it. You'll want to bend it back and forth until the crease in the middle turns white. 

Step 3: Step Three

Now take your coin and draw around it on all four corners, making sure you're careful when you cut. 

Step 4: Step Four

Cut a slit in the bottom of the card. 

Step 5: Step Five

You can also cut your card into a spool. I like the spool for storage-I keep embroidery thread in an old peanut butter jar for easy transporting because I like to make bracelets on the go. The shape demonstrated in the last step is best for dying thread. What I do is take white thread (every pack you buy gives you a lot of white!) and wind it around my card then dye it. It somehow tangles itself into a big messy bird's nest while in the dye. I like to dye my own thread because it's fun to make my own variegated colors. Thanks for checking this Instructable out and happy DIYing! :) 

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    2 days ago

    this is a awsome idea i have embrotity string that is tsngled so i used rainbow loom rubber bands it did not work i have some old cards i can use and i could use a sorting box for this txs for the tip :D


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've made these from cardboard, but never thought to use old plastic cards. This is a fantastic idea :D