DIY thread bobbin and yarn holder

For knitters or crafters, little tools can be very convenient but sometimes hard to find or expensive to buy. Here are 2 creations you can try easily at home with what you have around the house.

 Yarn holder. It keeps the yarn in one place when knitting. Good for hand or machine knitting.

Yarn holder. It keeps the yarn in one place when knitting. Good for hand or machine knitting.

 Thread bobbin with coffee holder. Coffee holder is the right size for to hold cotton thread or small amount of yarn for color knitting.

Thread bobbin with coffee holder. Coffee holder is the right size for to hold cotton thread or small amount of yarn for color knitting.

1. Cup holder thread bobbin

The cardboard cupholder from the coffee shop can be handy to make a thread holder or small spool yarn holder. It is good size and sturdiness for this purpose.

How to:

Just cut 2 triangles in the middle of both sides, and cut 2 slits in the middle of the other 2 sides. Done. 

 Gather your coffee or tea holder from your favorite cafe.

Gather your coffee or tea holder from your favorite cafe.

 Just fold it in half, cut the 2 triangles and 2 slits.

Just fold it in half, cut the 2 triangles and 2 slits.

 Wind up your thread or yarn to the bobbin. Put the end of yarn in the slit so it does not roll. 

Wind up your thread or yarn to the bobbin. Put the end of yarn in the slit so it does not roll. 

It is useful to wind up the ravel cord if you machine knit, or make several bobbins of yarns in the different colors when knitting colorwork. The slit prevents the thread or yarn roll all over the floor.

2. Cardboard box yarn holder

Wheather you hand knit or machine knit, this is a neat device that keeps your yarn unroll evenly in one spot when you knit. 

How to:

Cut a rectangle cardboard of the size that fits your yarn. I have about 8 x 4 inches. Roll into a tube and wind your yarn to the tube in an old-fashioned way or wind it on a Yarn winder. You can also use a empty paper towel tube.

Find a box a little bigger than your winded yarn, and cut holes on each side. Place a small rod (curtain rod, or any metal/ plastic rod you can find) in the holes and through the center of yarn you just winded up. Done. 

 Find a cardboard box slightly bigger than your winded yarn. You also need a rod. Metal or wooden rod will work.

Find a cardboard box slightly bigger than your winded yarn. You also need a rod. Metal or wooden rod will work.

 Wind the yarn into the cardboard tube made from a cut rectangle. You can wind the yarn by hand or use yarn winder. 

Wind the yarn into the cardboard tube made from a cut rectangle. You can wind the yarn by hand or use yarn winder. 

 Insert the rod into the tube. Make sure it is not too tight for the rod.

Insert the rod into the tube. Make sure it is not too tight for the rod.

 Cut 2 holes on both side of the box. Use a sharp scissor to cut a cross first for easy cutting.

Cut 2 holes on both side of the box. Use a sharp scissor to cut a cross first for easy cutting.

 Insert the rod to the box. Now you can pull the yarn easily with any tangling.

Insert the rod to the box. Now you can pull the yarn easily with any tangling.

Now just pull out the yarn as needed. Nothing gets tangled or rolls around. 

Hope you enjoy the knitter's life hack DIY.