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In my thread organization post I mentioned I’d write up a tutorial on how I label a plastic bobbin. So here we are.

My thread collection has been amassed over many years. Some are inherited, others were picked up at thrift stores. Previously I used hand cut-out bobbins, then purchased cardboard bobbins, and finally I’ve started using plastic bobbins.

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Embracing the Inconsistent Nature of My Stash

You can tell how old my thread is based on what kind of bobbin it’s on. Not to mention who’s handwriting it is!

DMC brand thread skein and an example of thread wound on both cardboard and plastic bobbins.

If it’s my mother’s or grandmother’s handwriting, chances are it’s a gold label. Or it’s simply not a color I use often enough to have had to replace. If it’s my handwriting in pencil, I’ve had it since high school. Off-brand cardboard bobbins were probably college era. DMC branded cardboard bobbins and purple pen put me in Was probably ~10 years ago. Black pen is sometime in the last 8 years or so. And plastic bobbins means that color has been replaced in the last 2 years.

If I don’t recognize the handwriting, it’s been picked up from a thrift store. Who knows how old it might be. Check a current skein for dye lot changes before using or stick to small projects.

It’s awesome being able to see the timeline of my threads. I can determine which colors I use the most just by looking at them! I switched to plastic because my cardboard bobbins would occasionally ‘lose a leg’. I’m sure many of you understand this struggle. With plastic bobbins though, this simply doesn’t happen. As such, I can reuse the bobbins time and time again as the color needs ‘refilling’.

The Downside to Plastic Bobbins

Regardless, one thing I quickly found out when switching to plastic is that it can be tough to label them. Writing on them, even using permanent marker, tends to rub off over time. I bought some of those packs of floss number stickers. but they kept falling off. Eventually I got fed off and gave them to someone else to deal with!

Cutting the number off of a DMC thread Skein.

You can use this same method to tape down the numbered stickers. Instead, I decided to do it using the number from the skein itself. I still get some older DMC thread on occasion at thrift stores. This way, I know just by looking at it! It reminds me dye lots could be an issue if I need it for a large project. Or that I should at least compare it to a newer skein when designing a pattern. Especially if I plan to sell to people who may be buying new thread to make it!

This is also useful if you use different brands of thread. You may not have to write ‘Anchor’ and ‘Cosmo’ if you can recognize the label.

Securing Your Label

Cutting tape to wrap around the side of a thread bobbin.

I’ve seen others who tape the entire skein wrapper on by folding it over the top of the bobbin. Or those that simply tuck it in between the thread and the bobbin. I actually do use the hole on occasion, so I found a way to get around that.

Basically, I just cut out the number from the label and tape it to the bobbin. I needed a way to make sure it’s securely on there and that it doesn’t cover the hole. So I use a long strip and have it half on the side of the bobbin. I then clut a slit into the tape just below the curve.

Folding the tape around the side of a thread bobbin to secure it.

I then fold that piece of tape around the side bobbin onto the back of it. Then I fold the top half of the tape down to match it.

Cutting off the excess tape from the thread bobbin

Lastly, I carefully cut off the extra bit of tape around the curve and get to winding!

I like to wind mine by hand out of sheer habit, but if that’s something you hate doing, you may want to look into a cheap plastic winder. Or possibly a power drill. No, I’m not kidding!

Update 2021: I’ve since completely redone my threadboxes! They’re all labeled with custom printed DMC stickers and on plastic bobbins! These stickers stay put much better than the official ones, and have a nice large font making it easier for me to find the color I’m looking for.

I love the uniformity and the vibrant colors, though I do kinda miss being able to eyeball age of a bobbin depending on the handwriting.

The skein label trick is quite useful though, and I’ve still been using it for the random other brands I have on hand like the Cosmo Seasons line.

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DMC Cardboard Floss Bobbins

DMC Cardboard Floss Bobbins

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DMC Cardboard Floss BobbinsDMC Cardboard Floss Bobbins

$1.49 USD

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(35 reviews)

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Item: 123-6101
Type: Cross Stitch Supplies
Designer: DMC

High quality, white cardboard bobbin cards. Bobbins are used for winding floss for easy storage. Customized with DMC logo. 56 per package.

Reviews From Customers Who Purchased This Item

from United States on 08/16/2021 - Excellent product

from United States on 05/04/2021 - good bobbins
Good cardboard bobbins & ink doesn't smear after writing the floss numbers. Great tip in reviews of popping them all out at once - worked great!

from United States on 03/25/2021 - DMC
Still the best for kitting up multiple or very large projects. Thanks 123.

from United States on 01/06/2021 - Good product.
I like being able to write the number on the tab.

from United States on 12/28/2020 - best bobbins
I had been using plastic bobbins and found it difficult to permanently mark them. Decided to try paper bobbins on a whim and I'm never going back. Really nice, sturdy enough for the job, easy to write on.

from United States on 11/23/2020
Finally found the cardboard ones *(which made me a happy stitcher, don't like the plastic ones). You can't write well on them (ink smears off).

from United States on 08/19/2020 - Most useful, inexpensive thread holders
Use these, and your thread won't tangle. Use these, and you can write both the thread number and the symbol right on the card. No need to mess with stickers which are hard to position on tiny plastic cards. Finally, use these - and toss them if they get bent. They are inexpensive.

from United States on 08/19/2020 - Fast way to punch these out
Grab the whole stack. Push on a card with your thumbs and they all pop out. Cool!

from United States on 06/25/2019 - Useful
Great condition and will be used for floss!

from United States on 02/02/2019 - bobbins
I'm not fond of bobbins for storing my floss, however, when I do use bobbins for left over thread I prefer cardboard ones. It's just a preference of mine when I mark colors. They are fewer available but I don't use tons of them either

from United States on 09/04/2018 - Better than plastic
I couldn't get these in my local craft stores and Wal-Mart they only had plastic which I don't like. I just wish they were easier to "punch out" as I have neuropathy in my fingers. Some of them peeled while trying to punch them. Thanks 123 for carrying these and your prompt service!

from United States on 03/19/2018 - cardboard cutout embroidery floss holders
Most were okay, but a few of them were peeling apart

from United States on 01/11/2018 - Not bad
The only bobbins I could find locally were plastic, and I prefer cardboard. Ordered these, and while they are not as thick as the old ones I had, they work fine. Shipping was fast as always. Thanks 123 for great selection and great customer service.

from United States on 08/25/2017 - Only cardboard ones available
You used to buy these cardboard bobbins and you didn't have to take them apart-some were not perforated well making it more difficult. Also, they are a tad taller than my old ones which makes the lid on my storage container bulge a bit when snapped closed. I buy them because I like the cardboard over plastic and it's the only ones I could find except some fancy decorated ones that cost a fortune. I will buy again but I wish they would size them down just a tad.

from United States on 08/21/2017

from United States on 04/23/2017 - Difficult to find bobbins
I had difficulty finding the cardboard bobbins and I don't care for the plastic ones. So glad to purchase them in here when ordering other items.

from United States on 04/16/2017 - good product
very sturdy price is great.

from United States on 09/21/2016 - DMC Floss Bobbins
I have always loved them as they are both sturdy to use and inexpensive, also. Sincerely,Marna Olson-Coulter, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

from United States on 06/09/2016 - Great product
I have used the plastic bobbins before but I always go back to the cardboard bobbins. I can write the number on them with a sharpie and it doesn't smear or fall off like the plastic ones. They are strong enough for 1-3 wrappings per bobbin then I usually get a new one for that number. I highly recommend.

from United States on 03/25/2016 - Perfect!
Just what I needed - but I had more fun punching out the cards and making lots of little white dots from the top of the card!. Now I have to wind thread for days and days and days....

from United States on 02/26/2016

from United States on 02/20/2016 - Love these!
I love these sturdy affordable bobbins, and buy lots of them. Just right for storing my thread stash!

from United States on 01/07/2016 - Easy and quick to use.
There are several ways to store embroidery floss and I like this one the best. It is quick, easy to store, and easy to keep track of which colors you have with the small labels that are available to go along with this product.

from United States on 01/04/2016
Only way to organize your DMC floss. The cardboard ones can be written on and can be stored in any container.

from United States on 11/25/2015 - I prefer these to the plastic bobbins
These are affordable like most stitchers, I need lots of them, easy to write on, nicely sized to fit in my floss storage bins, and lightweight to travel with. They're winners all around!

from United States on 09/08/2015 - hard to find
I prefer the cardboard, And you can write on the them easily

from United States on 07/27/2015 - An orgnaization technique you can't be without
Inherited many skeins of floss that need to be filed in my cases.

from United States on 06/02/2015 - My Favorites!
I use these exclusively to organize my 14 boxes of floss! I thought that I b would like the plastic ones, which do last forever, but...I can't get even a permanent ink to not rub off, so it is cardboard for me, writing with the smallet "Sharpie" pen tip!

from United States on 05/30/2015 - Great purchase
These make it so much easier to store and retrieve flossthread. When selecting a length of floss from the skein it often results in a jumbled mess. Unwinding from the bobbins is so much easier.

from United States on 01/28/2015 - Floss Bobbins
I feel very fortunate that I found this product via 123 Stitch. I tried 2 other local craft stores in MN and both places were out of stock. Price was fair compared to some places! I much prefer DMC products versus Sullivan. Thank you!!!!

from United States on 12/03/2014 - Cardboard Bobbins
They work and I c an write on them without having to worry about stickers falling off or "permanent" marker rubbing off.

from United States on 08/26/2014 - Floss Bobbins
I recently ordered the cardboard floss bobbins. I like the cardboard better than the plastic because I can never get those little sticky number tabs to stay on the plastic bobbins. The cardboard have always been my favorite type of bobbin. The cardboard bobbins I ordered from are a good bargain. You get a good number of bobbins for a reasonable price. I have found everything I have ordered from 123stitch.ocm to be quite a bargain. It is difficult to find a craft store near me without driving 20 miles so I order most of my stuff from and have been very pleased with everything I have ordered from them as well as the shipping time. They are in Utah and I live in Virginia and I usually have my items in 2 days time.

from United States on 04/07/2014

from United States on 03/15/2014 - cardboard bobbins
These come in handy when you are working on a project to keep the extra thread on. I have all my colors on the plastic bobbins. It is so much neater to have the access thread on it.

from United States on 10/07/2013 - Bobbins are great
love these, they keep my thread easy to get to. I use a lot of these so I buy the ones I love and dmc is the best of any.

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