Tutorial Tuesday: DIY Bobbin Clips

If you sew, you know that your bobbins can go from nice and organized to messy and stringy in a matter of minutes. Case in point:

Looks pretty bad huh? And I promise that I made them all nice and neat less than a week ago and didn’t make it more messy just for a picture! When you go to get one bobbin out, the others just unravel more making an even bigger disaster!

I searched online for bobbin clips to purchase. The only ones I found were for a pack of 10 for almost $10 on Amazon.They included the bobbins too, but they were for Brother machines. I sew on a Janome… Although they use very similar bobbins I didn’t want to pay $10 before shipping for it.

I knew there must be a better way. I needed something clear (so you can see your thread colors), flexible (to accommodate the different amounts of thread on each of your already wound bobbins), and cheap.

Enter my local home improvement store. Surely I could find something clear, flexible, and cheap there! I did! I present to you:

DIY Bobbin Covers

You’ll need just two things:

Clear Flexible Tubing (Found in the plumbing department at your local home improvement store. I got the kind that was 3/4″ on the outside with a 1/2″ diameter on the inside.)

X-Acto Blade

Ready to get going?

Being careful with the sharp blade, slice off some 1/4″ rings from the tubing.

Then cut down one side of each ring, opening it up.

Wrap up your bobbins and slide the ring on top of your thread.

Place back in your storage container. That’s it! How easy and cheap was that? I’m thinking this would make an awesome little gift for the sewer in your life, quilt group, sewing swap, etc.

I love that they are useful no matter how full or empty your bobbin is. You don’t need a different size of tubing, it works for all your bobbins!


Happy Crafting,




  1. INGENIOUS Thanks for sharing.

  2. Totally love this idea. Goodness knows I can spend a small fortune on sewing supplies. Love this tip-THANK YOU

  3. wondering if the tubing has to be taken off before using in the machine.

    • Pati Gulat says:

      How would the thread come off if you didn’t take it off ??? ;)

      • HagridsMom says:

        It is a genetic trait with bobbins – they loosen themselves up and get all tangled. Kind of like drycleaner hangers making more when you aren’t looking and getting a big tangle. Trust me they do this and if you have any kind of animal they are going to want to chew on it and swallow it – VERY bad idea for animal insides. Usually requires surgery ….. ask me how I know.

  4. Super idea! Will implement this for my bobbins.

  5. That is brilliant. I never thought these tubings can be used in a different way like keeping those bobbins organized. It’s really clever and i can see that they are already organized. They actually look better now. Thanks for this idea. This is really new to me and this is going to be really useful.

  6. Cindy Hamilton says:

    What a fabulous idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Great idea for bobbin covers will get the tubing tomorrow. Thanks !

  9. You are awesome. Thank you for sharing that idea it will make my bobbins look pretty again. I never would have thought of that idea.
    Thanks, Vera

  10. I am new to sewing and just now came across your blog. What a wonderfully clever idea! Bobbins drive me crazy with all the loose thread and oh the tangled mess. Will definately be getting tubing tomorrow. Thank you so much for sharing such a great idea. Ummm, any ideas on a bobbin box for storage? Mine are scattered and tangled in a drawer. I can’t seem to make myself spend so much money on a plastic box made for bobbins. Any ideas my email is: okiemaw9@aol.com.

    • Try using an ice cube tray. The ones used for making the “tubes” of ice that slip into a water bottle work perfectly. I picked one up for less than $2. Haven’t found them in my local $ store, but worth a look :)

    • My sewing teacher kept her thread and matching bobbin in snack size zip top bags. Then you can keep the bags by color family in a larger bag. I am kinda weird about using the same thread top and bottom whenever possible, so this works great for me.

  11. A couple of nights ago I spent 30 minutes straightening out all my bobbins…looked just like your picture! You are brilliant!!! Going by Lowed asap!

  12. Anne Coughey says:

    That’s brilliant! I’m heading to the hardware store!

  13. My bobbins were everywhere, so I stuck them on a 1/8″ wooden dowel with rubber band on each end. U could probably use chopstick or skewer or a straw. I hate buying anything, but tomorrow I will buy some tubing to get their loose ends inder control!

  14. Dee Bright says:

    Love your idea. You should see my bobbins (all hidden under a mess of thread. I was thinking of getting some wooden dowels that could stand up in a foam sheet in a box. I would have them the height of the largest spool of thread plus room for the matching bobbin to slip on top with a little extra space . I would keep the dowels the same height for all the spools of thread. I haven’t tried it yet, but intend to do so. Do you think this would work? Dee Bright (belleek@aol.com)

  15. Thankyou. Bobbin thread drives me bonkers. Now for some sanity. Pinning on my board for all to see x

  16. Brilliant! My bobbin case is just like that and it drives me nuts…I am making this today :-)

  17. Rita van der Baan says:

    Thank you! You surely made my day!

  18. Erin…you should work for NASA! I am a Tatter and since we use bobbins for our shuttles…this really caught my eye! We have the same problem…thank you so much!!! I will share this with my Tatting Buddies. Thank you! ~..~

  19. You are brilliant!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  20. It’s a very good idea. thank you.

  21. What a great idea. I went and googled bobbin covers and came across this link. I’m off to the hardware store today ! These unraveling bobbins has been an ongoing nuisance forever in my bobbin case.. Not any more…Yeaaaaaa!

  22. I made these and they work fantastic! As stated it does not matter how much thread is on the bobbin it holds. Also my son let me use his cutter that he purchased to do the plastic water line replacement in his older home. It worked fantastic, much easier than the exacto knife.

  23. deb bremer says:

    wonderful idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Thank you for this idea! Plan to share it with my sewing friends!!


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