Making bobbins from Christmas cards

I did some rearranging in my craft cupboard today and found some Christmas cards that I had put there a month ago. So I decided to show you what I do with them.


Many people get Christmas cards, but no one really wants them (they are a huge clutter). You receive them once and then store them away or throw them out – money in the wind. So instead of throwing them out, I made them into cross-stitch bobbins. Bobbins wear out – the more you handle them the quicker they break (usually the corners bend and eventually break off). Then you are left with options – buy them (quite expensive) or make them yourself 🙂

I sorted the cards; the ones that were too thin, and the ones with glitter (rub off and damage the thread) went into bin. I also cut around the well-wishing on the cards so that ink wouldn’t stain the threads. The rest got processed into bobbins in a couple hours and completely for free. I hope some of you find this useful.

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4 Responses

  1. Monica says:

    This is a great idea!!!

  2. Suzy says:


  3. kolina says:

    i make mine from cardstock i get in a poundland shop i get 30sheets for a pound and i use my electric cutter to cut them out 😀 i get about 34 from one sheet so about so 340 from 10 sheets times 3 for the whole pack 😀 1020 for £1 but havent thought about reusing cards 😀 will do that also in the future 😀

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