a1is007b ~ Sewing Notions
Construction of  A Thread Spool

Tools for Assembling Paper Mini’s Kit:

  • Metal straight-edge (ruler). Make fold lines by pressing against the edge of the ruler.
  • White craft glue that is a “quick grab” “clear dry” type of glue.
  • Tweezers
  • X-acto blade tool and fresh blade
  • A true cutting mat
  • cotton tipped swab
  • Small artist brush with which to paint on glue
  • Small piece of aluminum foil to squeeze work glue onto. This will act as your glue pot
  • Scissors
  • Small detailing scissors, a.k.a. as embroidery snips
  • Quarter inch paper hole punch


1. Remove the catch tray from a standard hole puncher so you can see punch positioning. NOTE: you will only need the hole puncher for 1” dollhouse scale thread labels.

If you are unsure of yourself and want a practice piece first, merely trace the unit on plain paper before cutting pieces. Make a practice unit with the plain trace.

2. Position thread spool label as shown in photo, and punch out all labels.

Note: If you plan on placing the spools on a rack, then you will want to poke the holes into these labels now, before assembling the spool.

3. Tape two long slender sewing needles tightly together. This is a tool for winding paper. The needle tool is very helpful for making the Paper Minis™ pencils and cigars as well!

With my arthritic fingers, I find this to be the hardest Paper Mini to assemble. Sometimes just winding the paper around a single needle will work best for me at that particular time. SEE THE TUTORIAL FOR MAKING PENCILS AND CRAYONS FOR AN ALTERNATE METHOD.

4. Slide end of spool shaft strip between two needles. It should be snug and not slip out. Wind strip loosely. Compare the circumference to the labels. If it is too tight, just loosen the paper a bit.

5. Glue end of stripe with a quick-grab craft glue. If it is too small for you to handle, you can leave the paper on the twisting tool and glue.

6. Glue label to spool shaft (I switched to a blue shaft for the photo).

7. Glue second label to spool shaft.
8. Finished product. You may want to use real thread and wind around shaft.

Corticelli Thread Box Assembly
Please view the Gift Box Photo Tutorial to see how this standard construction is done. Remember to always glue tabs before folding down the lining panels!

Flower Basket Needle Cases Assembly
1. Cut around large rectangular perimeter of flower basket item. Do not cut the two rectangles apart.

2. Fold the project in half so that both fronts are against both backs, blank sides together. Paint glue on blank sides and press together. Place under something flat and heavy until dry.

3. Detail cut around the flower baskets--remove the white areas.

4. Fold at basket base.

Navy Needle Case Assembly
1. Cut around item perimeter.

2. Fold length of the case along middle line. This brings both inside halves against both outside halves. Blank sides are together.

3. Paint glue on blank sides and press together. Place under something flat and heavy until dry.

4. Fold along center line so that both needle panels are on the inside of item.



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