Necklace Making with Vintage Wooden Spools and Flour Sack Fabric

Necklace Making with Vintage Wooden Spools and Flour Sack Fabric

I have what you might call a *thing* for vintage wooden spools. And by thing, I mean “mild obsession”, because there are just so many crafting possibilities with them! So, I decided to do some necklace making with them!

I originally saw a version of these necklaces on My So Called Crafty Life, where mini craft spools were transformed into dainty charms.

But I had plenty of normal-sized wooden spools in my craft room. So, I gathered a few of them that were already empty with no thread left.

Vintage wooden spools for necklace making

To decorate the vintage wooden spools, I searched on Etsy for flour sack fabric. And I lucked out by finding a collection of scraps of flour sack cloth that a seller was getting rid of!

Flour sack fabric or feed sack material for repurposing projects

I figured that combining the vintage wooden spools and flour sack fabric would result in perfectly cute necklace pendants. Let’s see if I was right!

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Upcycling the Wooden Spools into Necklace Pendants

First, I gave the wooden thread spools a makeover in bright colors using craft paint.

Painting the wooden thread spools

Then, I measured the width of each spool and cut out strips of flour sack fabric. It was time to break out the Mod Podge to decoupage the fabric to the painted spools.

Decoupage fabric to wood with flour sack fabric

I coated the feed sack fabric with decoupage glue on a sheet of non-stick aluminum foil. It just works perfectly for brushing Mod Podge onto fabric and makes for simple clean up.

Decoupage glue to attach the flour sack cloth to the vintage wooden spools

Then, I brushed some decoupage glue onto one of the vintage wooden spools. I did this quickly after brushing the glue onto the fabric strip.

Necklace making with wooden thread spools and Mod Podge

While everything was still wet, I wrapped the flour sack fabric around the spool. I pressed it smooth and made sure everything was even.

Make Your Own Necklace with flour sack fabric

Finally, I did the same thing over and over again to the other vintage wooden spools. I also added a quick layer of Mod Podge to the flat ends of the spool, as well. Then, I set them aside to dry completely.

Vintage wooden spools and feed sack fabric for necklace making

Necklace Making with Vintage Wooden Spools and Flour Sack Fabric

Once all was done and dry, my vintage wooden spools were positively darling and were ready for necklace making!

Vintage wooden spools and flour sack fabric as necklace pendants

The best part about this “make your own necklace” is that you just slide the spool onto a chain! No muss, no fuss.

Make your own necklace with wooden thread spools and flour sack cloth

I paired up the other vintage wooden spools with other chains, but I can mix and match at well. The easiest necklace making project ever? Possibly!

Flour sack fabric and vintage wooden spools as DIY necklaces

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for flour sack fabric, then you’ll love these lapel flower pins, as well!

Lapel flower or cloth flowers with flour sack fabric

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. what a fun craft! and so easy to personalize!!

  2. These are awesome!! Your spool and fabric choices are just gorgeous and I’m pretty sure I need one of these necklaces! 🙂 I’m a new fan…love your style!

  3. You are so right, 100% awesome. I love this idea. I keep all my old cotton reels (that’s what we call ’em in the UK!) especially the old wooden ones just in case I find a lovely use for them.

  4. I’ve made a few necklaces myself using spools, but your pops of color in these make me want to make some more with some bright paint too. As well, I’ve never considered using aluminum foil as a nonstick craft sheet. Fabulous tip!

  5. These are adorable! I’ll definitely be making some, but shouldn’t it be “flower”, instead of “flour”?

    • Thanks for your comment on my blog, “Flour Power Spool Jewels”. Because I used vintage flour sacks (as mentioned in the blog), I used a play on words with “flour” instead of “flower”. Hope that clears it up for you!

  6. Absolutely beautiful!!!!! I really heart these necklaces. I would love if you would link these “flour-power-spool-jewels” to On Display Thursday,

  7. These are so delicate and pretty, Sadie! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspire{d}. Pinning!

  8. Very unique, thanks for sharing this with us at the #WWDParty.

  9. Very cute idea! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  10. I love these! I have a small box of wooden spools I’ve been saving for something like this. Thank you!

  11. Hi Sarah, what lovely pendant ideas 🙂


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