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October 11th, 2011

Why did I not think of this before?
Staring at my mammoth pile of empty floss bobbins… stretching and warming up my winding arm - and queuing up a season 1 of Breaking Bad marathon.  Floss-a-thon.

- Cosmo floss
- DMC plastic floss bobbins

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71 Responses

  1. The fabulous Kimberly allegedly said:

    Oh, the things that dawn on us… ;P

  2. The fabulous amy dunn allegedly said:

    Brilliant! Those really are beautiful, I’ll have to try the cosmo.

  3. The fabulous Aubrey allegedly said:

    OMG, the season finale of BB was RIDICULOUS!!! Best show on TV.

  4. The fabulous Natalie V2 allegedly said:


    Real smart!

  5. The fabulous Elisa allegedly said:

    Huh. Brilliant.

  6. The fabulous Jana K allegedly said:

    So very smart!!

  7. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    perfect…why didn’t I think of that either! I will from now on. Thanks. Oh, and I also love your yellow tape dispenser …

  8. The fabulous raesha allegedly said:

    DOH!!!! What a great idea. And way prettier than when I write the numbers on the card with my sharpie, which is always too fat and the numbers mush together. Love it!!!!

  9. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Yes, you are brilliant! Go ahead and give yourself a big pat on your back and the rest of the day off!

  10. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    Love your idea!!!
    I was wondering have you ever thought about doing a dia de los muertos project of some sort? only because I been looking at your tag on the about you part of your page and keep admiring it and see this colorful floss got me thinking… LOve your work!

  11. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    I have had it with you and your cute stuff. I have been hunting for a red smiley face spoon FOREVER. Everything you have is cool and I’m sick of it.

    Well actually sick of my own stuff being less cool.

  12. The fabulous Carolyn allegedly said:

    ha ha, I thought the same thing as soon as I browsed through your pictures! Like Duh! ha ha, I should have thought of that to. Now I will just have to copy you. Thanks for the good idea.

  13. The fabulous Jill C. allegedly said:

    You’re so smart… I knew I liked you for a reason :) that hadn’t dawned on me either, but not much does.

  14. The fabulous Sherry Murray allegedly said:


  15. The fabulous QBee allegedly said:

    2 smart U R. 2 smart U B.
    I C U R 2 smart for me.

  16. The fabulous QBee allegedly said:

    P.S. Why didn’t I think of this about 350 or so plastic floss bobbins ago???

  17. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Those pictures were so colorful and fun, I hardly cared what advise you were trying to give me, I just wanted to soak it all in.

    But I promise to try and be more organized, really I do.


  18. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    And I promise to spell “advice” the correct way next time.

    Yep, me again.

  19. The fabulous Allison allegedly said:

    those three colors just look so happy together :)

  20. The fabulous V and co allegedly said:

    Can we all get a “duh” why didn’t we think of that before?
    Got to hang out with Bettycrockerass this weekend…dude, seriously considering moving to Oregon. You’ve been warned.

  21. The fabulous Kari M. allegedly said:

    Total “palm to the forehead” moment going on here.

  22. The fabulous Diane R. allegedly said:

    What a great idea — you’re a genius!

  23. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    I love those little floss bobbins. And, of course, THIS is why you’re SW1!

  24. The fabulous Richele Drummond allegedly said:

    I NEED to do this…brilliant!!!

  25. The fabulous The Little Shop of Stitches allegedly said:

    I just remembered. I need to make a dentist appointment. Thanks! ;)

  26. The fabulous Carrie Mc W allegedly said:

    Just plain smart!

  27. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    I say you patent it and make a million bucks!

  28. The fabulous Jen Duncan allegedly said:

    I’m having an 80s flashback. In fact I STILL have my floss bobbin boxes. Still full of thread, too. Reckon I oughta throw it out by now?

  29. The fabulous Lori allegedly said:

    super smart. thanks for spreading the genius!

  30. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    You, my dear, are brilliant! xoxoxo

  31. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    You, my dear, are brilliant!

  32. The fabulous Brooke allegedly said:

    Now why didn’t I think of that??

    I’m just going to keep sitting here, blog reading, and you keep coming up with the brilliant ideas.


  33. The fabulous Lorna allegedly said:

    AND did you also know - that those empty boxes of floss (with the handy little cutter on top) can be reloaded with thread so you can take them safely on an airplane and stitch away without the fear of being arrested for having scissors?

  34. The fabulous Eveline van Heijst allegedly said:

    Smart idea, have fun.

  35. The fabulous ayumills allegedly said:

    Monica, you are way too clever! This is definitely the cutest and most practical way of organizing floss!

  36. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    That’s how I organize mine too! It is a wonderful idea! My Mom still likes to write her numbers on the cardboard spools instead of plastic.

  37. The fabulous Summer allegedly said:

    Aaah!! Very clever. I’m all caught up on Breaking Bad and waiting for Netflix to release the next season!! I did all my quilt fabric cutting to the most recent released and it’s a wonder I didn’t slice a finger. Much safer to wind bobbins!

  38. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    Really. And to think that for years I sat there with my Sharpie trying to write on that tiny line for all those bobbins of floss and hoped that they would be legible. I’ve said it before, Monica, you’re a genius!

  39. The fabulous Tiffaney allegedly said:

    That is how all of mine are orginized. It is wonderful to have the numbers to easy to read. You are going to love it!

  40. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Thank you for another DUH?! moment! I just bought a bag of embroidery thread at a house sale and it’s all jumbled up. This is a perfect way to organize all those threads.

    Move over on the sofa Monica - I’m warming up my winding arm too!

  41. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    When I saw the header I wasn’t too sure what you were going to post about, but this is, yet, another brilliant idea!
    Thanks for the tip.

  42. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    Durr mostly because a zombie ate my brain but it was a happy one so I learned a new idea at least lol

  43. The fabulous Christina allegedly said:

    What a fantastic idea! Totally had a “duh” moment when I saw this. :)

  44. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    You are so smart. And I am so grateful this post had nothing to do with dental care!

  45. The fabulous ida allegedly said:

    I do something similar.

    For DMC, I snip the end off (slide w/ the number is longer than the bobbins), put the end w/ the number showing opposite the punch-ring hole, and hold carefully as I start to wind my bobbins.

    Yes, there’s a chance of it coming out, but if you wind tight (and I do), you should have no problems.

    And, then you can re-use your bobbin for any other color when you finish — and you don’t have that tape residue to deal with.

  46. The fabulous Jeni allegedly said:

    Umm WHAT! You are a genius! :)

  47. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    I cannot believe I have to wait until NEXT AUGUST to see the rest of Breaking Bad. I watched the first 3 seasons in about 2 weeks and I thought having to wait a whole week for one episode was going to be ridiculous. But AUGUST?! Did you see the finale yet??

  48. The fabulous Candice allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness, you ARE a genius!! I so needed this :)

  49. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Love this idea! Thanks!

  50. The fabulous Elmsley Rose allegedly said:

    Now, that’s such a good and obvious solution, it’s almost sneaky!
    And you could even remove the label later and replace it with a new one, instead of scratching out the old number and writing the new one on the other end/side.

    Thanks for the great tip!

  51. The fabulous threeundertwo allegedly said:

    Why didn’t I think of this? And I have a whole delicious fistful of cosmo to wind up too. I’ll join you in a virtual winding party.

  52. The fabulous Kirsten allegedly said:

    Thank you! I will do this.

  53. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    Or you could just, like, write the number on the card with a fine point sharpie if you want to avoid a manicure while watching TV.

  54. The fabulous gmp allegedly said:

    Very clever! I’ll keep this in mind the next time I have to re-do a bobbin. Thanks for such a fantastic tip.

  55. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    I would make one suggestion, to use glue instead of scotch tape. Scotch tape doesn’t hold up over time, it gets brittle, and sometimes the sticky rubs off onto the paper, fabric, thread, etc.

  56. The fabulous Amy J allegedly said:

    I saw this on craft gossip and before I clicked over said “Duh why didn’t I think of this before” so I got a good laugh from your post title! Thanks for pointing out what should have been so obvious to my slow mind!!

  57. The fabulous Annette Crain allegedly said:

    Simply Brilliant! My “rats nest” of DMC embroidery floss will now and forever be organized. Great project to do while I am watching TV.
    Thanks so much for the tute and have a great Fall.

  58. The fabulous Elaine Browne allegedly said:

    Thank you for this tip, I have been doing something similar but never thought of this

  59. The fabulous French75 allegedly said:

    You are my HERO! I have been tucking the little label underneath the wraps of the floss, but your idea is FAB! Thanks for sharing.

  60. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:

    I think god invented tv marathons just for this very purpose of floss winding a bajillion miles of thread onto itty bitty bits of plastic.

    I once thought he invented children for the task. Learned the hard way there is a minimum age requirement for the job! :(


  61. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    OH GREAT — now you show us. I have been writing on those little paper holders for years. Why didn’t I think of that — thanks!!

  62. The fabulous judy allegedly said:

    Amazing! wow how much sense does that make! how come knowone has thought of that brilliant idea before.so much easier than writing on the c/board.thanks for that

  63. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    I love it!!! It’s fantastic idea…

  64. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    OH. MY. GOD! That is an AWESOME idea!!!!
    I’m not about to go through my box of 200+ flosses and rewind them, BUT…in the future…SO FUN!

    Why do you have a pile of floss to bobbin up? What are you up to????

  65. The fabulous Auntie Pami allegedly said:

    Holy crap! I need this idea. I’ve got a bunch of new floss to get ready for the quilt show this weekend and I’m going to borrow your idea for my customers. Thank you!!!

  66. The fabulous GerryART allegedly said:

    What a SmartyPants you are ! !
    Why is it the most obvious always eludes us?

    This is using your noggin.


  67. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Doh - what a brilliant simple idea. (Though you now need a floss bobbin winder - and yes they do make them.)

  68. The fabulous Carole Prevost-Meier allegedly said:

    What a great idea! Thank you! As for Cosmos floss, I have been fighting with myself to ignore the “but you have 1M colours in DMC why switch?!” line! Sigh! I hear it is a sweet floss to work with! Cheers!

  69. The fabulous daisy allegedly said:

    yay - I’m glad you finally thought of it and passed it on - what a great idea :)

  70. The fabulous Tonya allegedly said:

    you know they have a winding tool just for that……Ebay calls it a plastic floss winder……it’s great

  71. The fabulous Margaret Parks allegedly said:

    Brilliant , just brilliant….thanks for sharing.
    Can you tell us where to find Cosmos thread? please????

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