Vintage Decor: Decorating With Vintage Bobbins

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If you shop any flea markets or antique stores you may have come across some vintage industrial bobbins.  These large wooden bobbins make some great rustic decor accents.

I have seen them used in simply groupings for a shabby chic look, made into candle holders, and even primitive dolls.  I wanted to show you some examples of these bobbins being used as decorative accents to give you a little inspiration.

I like to use them in simple groupings to enhance my decor.

This mason jar filled with bare wooden bobbins is an example of one such grouping.  I added some thick twine and a fun vintage tag to the set to enhance the rustic look further.

Here is the bigger picture in a decorative setting:

Some of the bobbins that you may find are still wrapped with colorful threads.  These can be especially fun to accent a room with a particular color scheme.

It just so happens that a couple of my threaded bobbins went quite well in my craft room with some of my sewing accents and decor:

Here are some other decorating ideas that I have found:

Here is an idea by Style Me Pretty for using the bobbins as little floral vases – how chic!

Another example of using threaded bobbins in a color scheme that works for you is in this rustic setting by Feather and Nest Kim.

I love this cheerful leave and bobbin display by Fig Tree Quilts.  You could combine bobbins with any type of floral or leaf pick to bring in your desired color.


A grouping of vintage bobbins fits in quite nicely with old books!


Finally, for a very shabby chic display, try wrapping some bobbins with vintage lace.

Do you collect vintage bobbins?  What ways have you used them in your decor or crafts?

Happy Decorating!

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  1. Thanks for sharing these creative and lovely ways to display antique bobbins. You always give me inspiration to bring out my own creativity. I LOVE your sewing box!

    1. I’m glad you have been inspired Gwen! I found my sewing box at Joann 🙂

  2. Wow, I never imagined so many uses for old bobbins and to think I’ve passed them by so many times because I couldn’t think of what to do with them!

  3. LOVE the white on white display!

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