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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Don't Cry Over Spilled...

Can you guess what this is?
It is thread...but be more specific.
How about now???
Those of you who know my family personally are probably thinking that this looks like the deviously crafty work of little A & Z!
And you would be correct.
This WAS my bobbin case with all of my ready to use wound bobbins in a beautiful rainbow of colors.
Now it is my randomly knotted collection of unwound bobbins!
Don't let these super squishy, luv-bug adorable faces fool you for a minute...
these boys know how to make trouble...
 with a capital "T".
Most of their trouble is on a larger scale...
this happened to be a very small mess, but a very tangley one indeed.
So, what do you do with a bobbin case that has been ransacked by your local band of marauding pirateers?
the options:
1. Throw the whole thing in the trash.
notes: very wasteful, expense to replace
2. Untangle and rewind bobbins
notes: really?  NO, not really.
3. Cut losses by cutting off tangled threads and check a different type of thread to make sure your IUD is still firmly in place
notes: reasonable plan
4. Turn lemons into lemonade and make something with those seemingly wasted threads...
notes: does anyone sense a pillow tutorial coming on???
Here it is, the "Don't Cry Over Spilled Thread" Pillow
As I was staring at those twisted, intertwined threads, it occurred to me, they are pretty cool to look at...what if I took the whole mess and stitched it onto fabric?
So, I cut the ends of the threads that were still attached to the bobbins, and played with the strings a bit, kind of spreading them out.  Then I cut a square of fabric and plopped the mess onto it.
I played a little more, swirling colors and moving threads until I had an interesting looking array.
Then I stitched in a grid pattern over the entire square in a thread color that closely matches the fabric.  I kept the grid lines close together to ensure that the threads were held securely.
Then I took the square and used it as the front panel of a pillow cover (you can find my simple pillow cover tutorial here).
The result is an interesting looking pillow with a tangled mess of a history.

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  1. This is so adorable! I love that you totally made it something useful and cute, and something to keep the memory. :)

  2. Ha - this is great! And so true about the bobbin thread and spools.. Great project, your post made me smile.

  3. hahah, this is awesome! way to make lemonade, I would have thrown it away! My toddler does the same thing, he loves sorting the thread which always turns into throwing it everywhere!

  4. What a great idea. The pillow looks really good. Those two little ones are adorable too. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog at sister-number-5.blogspot.com

  5. Lol! That is truly awesome! I love that you turned it into something so fabulous! I surely would have just 'cut' my losses and tried to forget the whole incident lol. Thanks for the share!

  6. Such a great idea! So unique. I've never seen anything like that!
    And your boys are just adorable... They don't look like 'Trouble' at all ;)
    Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com

  7. Oh my this is hysterical. It came out so cool. I would have chosen number 3, but you did an awesome job haha.

  8. Great way to preserve your memory! I love your attitude about it all too.

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  10. Ok. I think you may be a genius.
    This is too wonderful!


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