DIY Vintage Inspired Embellished Spool Bobbins

Have a seamstress or tailor in your life? Or maybe you love to sew yourself. Use some fabric scraps to cover cute little wooden spools and decorate with beads. You can use these as ornaments to hang, or simply keep in a decorative bowl in your sewing room.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 15-30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Small wooden spools
Acrylic beads
Seed beads
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Needle and thread *optional

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Take your scrap of fabric and place a straight edge along one lip of the wooden spool. Make a mark for the bottom edge, and cut a strip of fabric about 6″ long and to the width that you just marked.

2. Hot glue one short side of the fabric to the spool, and wrap the rest around. Trim the strip and hot glue the second side to the spool, overlapping the fabric you glued previously.

3. This is what the wooden spool will look like when you’re finished glueing.

4. At this point you may glue a bead to the top of the spool. However, if you’d like to use it as an ornament, you can also hang the spool! First, thread a needle. Knot one end with a large knot, and slip a seed bead over the needle next, sliding it down so it rests on the knot.

5. Next, slip a larger bead on top of the seed bead, slide it down, and insert the needle through the hole in the spool.

6. Once the needle is through the spool, slide a large bead and then a seed bead onto the needle and push both down to rest on the other side of the spool.

7. To keep the seed bead in place and finish the ornament, go over the seed bead with the thread and place the needle back into the hole of the larger bead. Feed the needle and thread all the way through the larger bead, and back up through the spool to the other side.

8. Tie a loop off on the other side to use as a hanger. Enjoy your pretty new spools!

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