Friday, December 6, 2019

Vintage Christmas Spools - Really Reasonable Ribbon

Welcome by my blog today, everyone!  I'm posting today with some sweet little vintage wooden spools that I decorated with products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I have far too many antique wooden thread spools in my posession, so I thought I'd do something fun and creative with some of them.  At Really Reasonable Ribbon, there's always a perfect LaceSeam Binding or Embellishment to help me create something special out of my vintage bobbits.
As you may know,  the Seam Binding carried at Really Reasonable Ribbon hasn't been altered (as other companies sell it).  It's the straight seam binding off the (Hug Snug) spool.  That doesn't, however, mean that you are stuck with it that way.  By purchasing your Seam Binding at RRR, you have the option of using it neat and straight (the way it comes straight off the spool) OR you can have it crinkly and grungy.  By purchasing from RRR, the choice is yours.  If you want "grungy" or crinkled Seam Binding, all you need to do is touch the edges (here and there) of your Seam Binding with a Walnut Ink of some kind.  Then, wet your fingertips and pinch, squeeze and twist the Seam Binding until you've got a dirty, crinkly more grungy look.  That's what I did here, as I wanted that vintage look.  You can make Seam Binding as neat and pretty as you like, or as crinkled and grungy/dirty as you like.
One of the antique wooden spools I used (shown below) already had red sewing thread on it.  I decorated that one with a white bottle brush tree (from Crate Paper) that I adorned with some Olive Burlap StringIvory Burlap String, one Cluster from a Red Bead Berry Spray, a Bronze Pear Shaped Safety Pin that holds a tiny tag, and is topped with a Red & White Gingham Flatback Fabric Covered Button.  Each spool decoration is sitting on a vintage milk bottle cap.
The other larger spool was bare wood.  So...I wrapped a length of Ivory Crochet Lace around the spool.  I topped that spool with a green bottle brush tree, and bundled a length of each of these:  Olive Burlap StringIvory Burlap String, and Red Burlap String to adorn this spool. This spool also has my "grungy" or "dirtied" Seam Binding, and you'll see that in my photos.
The third spool I used (shown below) was a bit short and fat.  Around this spool, I wrapped some more of a narrow Ivory Crochet Lace; and I stuck a bronze paperclip upside in the hole/opening of the spool.  This made a cute holder, and I was think that perhaps I'll make several of these and use them as name holders on the Christmas dinner table.  The top of this little spool is adorned with a Red Open Rose and a Dark Green Open Rose.
There's no end to the possibilities of all the CUTE things you can make with products from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I hope you'll treat yourself to some crafty Christmas presents.  Come deserve some crafty goodness.  Happy shopping!

Thanks for stopping by today.

I'm playing along in the following:

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge: Traditional Christmas

Frilly & Funky Challenge Blog - December Craft Box Giveaway - Holidays/Shabby Chic Vintage.  I thought this was perfect since I used antique (vintage) wooden spools.


  1. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love these! I have a whole tin of vintage wooden spools....and I should be using them in a sweet crafty way like this!

  2. This is DARLING!! I need to find some wooden spools now!!

  3. What a great use of the spools Karen - and the resulting wee ornaments are gorgeous

  4. Karen these are adorable - never thought to use a wooden spool -- your work always amazes me! Fabulous!

  5. Wow, what fabulous makes! The vintage spools look amazing and I love the traditional colours and the way that you decorated them with those little Christmas trees - perfect 😁. Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Creative wishes, Jo x

  6. Your table decorations are gorgeous, what a clever use of the wooden spools.
    Thanks for paying along at CaSS this month

  7. Oh wow--over the top creative, festive & beautiful! Love your projects, Karen!

  8. Such creative use of those antique spools (and milk caps)! Great festive Christmas decor with sweet bits of ribbon and seam binding. Thank you for your tip on dying the ribbon, too! I'm tickled pink you shared these fun ornaments with us at the Funkie Junkie Boutique blog where It's the Holidays! Hugs!

  9. Your spools are so festive and you are so creative! Thanks for joining our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

  10. These spools are totally adorable - each one has it's own personality in the best possible way. Love them. Thanks for traveling with us at A Vintage Journey

  11. Karen these are absolutely adorable!!! I love them all. Thank you for joining in with our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog xx

  12. Karen I love these!!!!!!!!!! I'm so inspired to try to create one. Thanks for joining us for our challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio!

  13. Simply gorgeous little creations here Karen. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Creative Artisite MM Challenge.

  14. These are absolutely delightful. Thanks for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x


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