10 Creative Uses for Embroidery Thread

My mom asked me to pick up some embroidery thread for her the next time I was in Hobby Lobby, so the other day I made a trip to grab the requested colors.  I was actually a little shocked at how inexpensive embroidery thread was (only 40 cents per skein) and started brainstorming all the different ways you could use the stuff right there in the aisle of Hobby Lobby.

When I got home, Pinterest confirmed my suspicion that there had to be a million different uses for embroidery thread, so today I wanted to share my top 10 (click on the photo to link to the project on Pinterest).

1. Create Colorful Earrings

A paperclip, an earring hook, and your favorite hue, and you’ve got a set of practically free accessories for your next party.

2. Make Your Own Wrapped Necklaces

Did you ever make one of these wrapped necklaces when you were younger?  It’s such a simple process.  I remember using the same technique on a rope belt when I was in middle school (a rope belt?  yeah, I was the cool kid).

3. Knot a Bracelet for Your BFF

No embroidery thread round-up would be complete without including friendship bracelets in the mix!  I think I spent a whole summer trying out every design in this book – I highly recommend it for the pre-teens in your life.

4. Wrap a Vase

Got an old vase or bottle that doesn’t suit your new style?  Make it into a fun accent piece by wrapping it in embroidery thread.

5. Create Word Art

I love the idea of using a piece of wood with some strategically-placed nails to create word art for the home.

6. Hang Your Very Own Solar System

Using balloons, glue and water, and lots of embroidery thread, you could create this awesome solar system for (or with) your kids.

7. Wrap Up A Holiday Wreath

They’re going to be here before we know it – the holidays.  If December is too long to wait to create this wrapped wreath, why not try one out in black and orange for Halloween, or make a pencil-inspired one for back to school?

8. Decorate Brown Paper Packages

Here’s another use that doesn’t depend on the holidays.  The next time you need a creative wrapping solution, grab a brown paper bag or piece of printer paper and let the embroidery thread be the star.

9. Add Pizzaz with Decorative Stitching

Still on my to-do list is adding accent stitching to the pouf I sewed for our Pouf-A-Long party.  You could play around with all kinds of stitches to give your poufs (or pillows) a shot of interest and color.

10. Create Frame-able Art

Of course you could always use embroidery thread for its typical purpose.  Embroidery patterns have come a long way since the stitched scenes our mothers and grandmothers created.  You could tackle something simple, like this button art…

Or something a bit more intricate like this gorgeous ABC sampler.  (This piece will make it into our nursery someday, mark my words!)

If you do decide to tackle an embroidery project like this one, you might need a refresher on some of the stitching techniques.  Thanks again to Pinterest, here’s a link to instructions on every stitch you (n)ever needed.

Finally, if you’re going to be tackling one of these fun projects, you might need a cute way to store your embroidery thread.  How about old-fashioned clothespins…

Or a more modern and adorable approach?

So what do you think about using embroidery thread?  Does it still have an old-fashioned stigma to you, or would you try one of these projects yourself?

Happy crafting and DIYing and have a great weekend, everybody!

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10 Responses to 10 Creative Uses for Embroidery Thread

  1. My childhood friends and I used to spend hours making friendship bracelets together. I still have a large thread stash left from those days. Perhaps I’ll have to make some gorgeous earrings. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Jin6655321 says:

    My mom taught me to cross stitch when I was young; it was a fun way to spend some boring summer days. I keep seeing these really cute samplers turn up at antique malls at ridiculous prices and every time I do I think, “I can totally make that!” I think this post was the final push I needed to stop by a craft store and get back into the hobby!

  3. Nikki says:

    Oh my goodness! I love the solar system. And the earrings. And the gift wrapping. And the word art…I love it all, but I think this non-crafty girl is going to give these ideas a shot!

  4. Jessica says:

    Oh I looove the ABC sampler one!! That’s beautiful! I love crocheting and I’ve recently been using crochet thread to make tiny flowers for earrings. I haven’t tried embroidery thread! Now I’m inspired to try!

  5. Nora says:

    I loooved those friendship bracelets back in the day. My sister still has the patience to make the nicest knotted thick ones. I was much better at easier braids and twists! I saw these pins and I wondered what you were up to!

  6. This made me sing brown paper packages tied up with string…these are a few of my favorite things 🙂

  7. Jenny B. says:

    Love it! This is a great post with lots of inspiration. Now I’m thinking about dressing up a lampshade with some embroidery thread…

  8. Celeste says:

    I think the item you refer to is embroidery floss, not thread. Thread is a much harder twist with longer fibers, while floss is composed of several strands (usually 6) loosely fashioned with shorter fibers. You usually want wider coverage with floss, and less with thread.

    Love your blog! May the floss be with you.

  9. KentuckyWildcat says:

    love these ideas!!! got bored and looked up different things to do with the floss because i bought a TON of it at an AC Moore that was going out of buisness, and now need something to do with it! definently making the word art signs for my room!! and the rest of the ideas are so cute!!

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