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Project

Embroidery Organizer

Introduction

When working on an embroidery project, you will save time if you keep the needles and threads you're using neatly sorted and separate from the rest of your sewing supplies. We filled a clear 9-inch loose-leaf binder with plastic pocket envelopes to hold various threads, small scissors, patterns, and instructions. A hole punch was used to make a "page" of heavy felt to hold needles. Choose a larger loose-leaf binder for your more elaborate projects; the principle is the same -- everything in one place.

Steps

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Source
Martha Stewart Living, January 2001

Reviews (26)

  • dahagins 12 Sep, 2011

    WHERE can you buy those plastic folder pockets???????

  • LaurieBanker 7 Sep, 2011

    Staples has binders that are 5 1/2 by 8 1/2.

  • Laurenwp 7 Sep, 2011

    This is a great idea, and I had made a fabric one many years ago, but had to make the pockets by buying the plastic sheeting from a fabric store.... this is better and less bulky........however, even if we could find the binder at 9 inches.....where are the plastic pockets to be found? Are they from a specialty store? Or baseball card store?

  • gloria1818 7 Sep, 2011

    I have been to several office suppy stores and a crafts store and have not been able to find this type of binder. All the ones they have in stock are way bigger. Can you tell us where the pictured binder was purchased? This looks like a great idea so any help with this would be greatly appreciated!

  • HeritageChick 7 Sep, 2011

    Another great organizing idea!! Do you have a source for the specialty size binder?

  • nlisella 7 Sep, 2011

    What a great idea! I'm definetly going to implement this one.

  • jonimacaroni 5 Sep, 2011

    I like this idea very much it's such an organized way of keeping the embroidery floss from becoming a tangled mess..I will definately use this idea...

  • mola 5 Feb, 2011

    I have used ziplock bags. punch a few holes across the bottom.
    use 4 small pieces of scotch or duct tape to form a square surronding the [filtered word](both sides of the bag..
    Duct tape comes in such great new colors.
    Label the project (new xmas ziploks) have a cute write in tag space.
    I also use some dividers that have pockets that hold the project or aida cloth.
    use at least a 2 inch binder for bulky projects.
    MO

  • bubblygirl 6 Sep, 2010

    I am going to make this for a friend for xmas, she make very nice embrodiered projects!

  • karen608 6 Sep, 2010

    Love the felt needle page, and think one could punch holes even into heavy zip lock style bags of various sizes to make a notebook for embroidery projects.

  • hariz90 27 Jan, 2010

    how about if I want to put something else?

  • crazyknit 26 Jan, 2010

    Your binder doesn't have to be clear. Pick your favorite color!

  • bedhead617 26 Jan, 2010

    The big clear pockets are page protectors and can be purchased at any office suppy store.

  • Cheef 19 Sep, 2008

    The clear pockets are business card holders you can get from your local stationary store. The big pocket im not so sure about but check into refills for those leather calendar organizers.

  • sweetrsyl 21 Jul, 2008

    All good comments! But I'm having a hard time finding a clear binder like the one in the photo! Any ideas?

  • terivanhecke 16 Jul, 2008

    Wish I had this idea back in my cross stitching days! Now, I just wish I could see to cross stitch!!!!! May have to get some magnifyers and "create" a holder in my binder for those as well, so that I always have them w/ me! Thanx everybody!

  • laurelsue 15 Jul, 2008

    I, too, use nail clippers to cut threads when traveling, since I generally have some with me anyway. However, scissors are no longer a problem on most flights. I recently took a regular pair of scissors, full size, with me on a trip to Hawaii. I had read that you could, and I had an applique project I wanted to take, requiring actual scissors, so I took an inexpensive pair (not my Ginghers) to test it out. My carryon went through security with no problems, no second looks.

  • erikwithak 15 Jul, 2008

    When traveling, I use little nailclippers--you have to remove the nail file part (I just bent mine back and forth until it fell off). They are perfect for cipping threads and floss-and they don't offend the TSA!

  • ses59 14 Jul, 2008

    Also can be found in a Staples, Office Max or stores such as these

  • ses59 14 Jul, 2008

    The plastic envelopes can be found in the school supply section of any department store. There made to fit into school binders for pencil,pen,rulers etc.

  • PhyllisJ 14 Jul, 2008

    Have any idea where to get plastic envelopes to fit binder?

  • christie111111 14 Jul, 2008

    Of course scissors can be problematic while travelling. I always carry an old dental floss container which easily cut threads and is not threatening!

  • erikwithak 14 Jul, 2008

    I like the idea of the silverware chest from Danielle, but I don't think it would be nearly as portable! I travel for a living and this idea is fabulous! (why didn't I think of it?!) This binder is great even for the TSA that wants to look at EVERYTHING-now they can without touching my handwork! I love it! (Can you imagine me lugging around a silverware chest!)

  • Love-to-cook 8 Jun, 2008

    What a great idea !!!

  • edimas 29 May, 2008

    I like the idea canadianDanielle gave: Old wooden silverware chests. The box idea seems much nicer to have than a binder; too poky at the corners.

  • canadianDanielle 2 Apr, 2008

    One over-looked idea fro embroidery storage... Old wooden silverware chests. I Bought one at a flea market for five dollars. I tore out the old, musty, red felt lining and lined it with a new satin fabric. The top of the chest opens to contain patterns and fabrics. The lower drawer pulls out to display my bobbins of thread and notions.