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Spanish lace bobbins holder tutorial


  • Cotton fabric: solids and inside print
  • 100% linen for the grey background fabric

The piece measures 10 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches. The top flap is optional and is 3 inches high.

The holder takes 48 bobbins, 24 on each side.

The inside pocket panels are 25 x 8 1/2 inches each. They are folded in half and sewn to the back fabric at 1 inch intervals.

Outside panel

Measurements chart – assembly diagram


  • E: 1 x 24 1/2 inches – cut one
  • F: 1 3/4 x 5 in wide strip – cut 4
  • G: 1 1/2 x 5 in wide strips inserted in between solid colour strips – cut 16
  • Colour strips are 2 inch wide. Heights below:
1A: 1 1/2 2A: 1 3A: 2 1/2 4A:1 5A: 1 3/4 6A: 3 1/2 7A: 1 1/2 8A: 3 9A: 1 1/2
1B: 2 1/4  2B: 2 3/4 3B: 1 3/4  4B: 3 1/4  5B: 3 3/4 6B: 1 1/4 7B: 1 3/4 8B: 1 1/4 9B: 3 1/4
1C: 2 1/4  2C: 3 3C: 1 1/4  4C: 2 1/2  5C: 3 6C: 1 3/4 7C: 2 3/4 8C: 3 1/4 9C: 1 3/4
1D: 2 1/2  2D: 1 1/4 3D: 3  4D: 1 1/4  5D: 1  6D: 2 1/2 7D: 1 8D: 1 1/2 9D: 1 1/2
  • The little white strip between the solid colours is 1 inch wide, i.e. 1/2 in when sewn. Cut 18 1 x 2 inch rectangles.

Each side is 5 inches high. Cut the following pieces in grey linen to fill in the gaps:

  • 2 x 1 inches – cut 11 pieces
  • 2 x 2 inches – cut 5 pieces
  • 2 1/2 x 2 inches – cut 1 piece

Stitch the grey pieces to the solids.

Now you need to stitch the strips in between the solids. From the assembly diagram above:

  • F: 1 3/4 x 5 in wide strip – cut 4
  • G: 1 1/2 x 5 in wide strips inserted in between solid colour strips – cut 16

Stitch together and trim each rectangle to 5 1/2 inches high.

Now cut the central strip to join both sides together.

The outside panel is now finished. Iron well.

Adding a flap

This step is optional.

The flap is 3 inches wide. If using one, cut a 24 1/2 x 3 in strip the same fabric as the background fabric and stitch to one side of the front panel.

Inside of folder

For the inside, you will need a backing fabric that measures the same as the outside you just completed if not using a flap.

IF USING A FLAP, cut the rectangle 3 inches larger.

Cut 2 rectangles:  25 x 8 1/2 inches each and fold in half and iron flat.

If adding a flap to the folder, make a tube with one of the rectangles by folding the rectangle in two with right sides facing together and stitching along the seam. Then turn inside out. See photo below.

Pin the rectangles in place and mark the stitching lines for each bobbin at 1 inch intervals.

Pin well as you mark the fabric.

Pay attention to the placement of the bobbin pockets if using a flap.

If not using a flap, place both pocket panels on each edge of the backing fabric. If using a flap, stitch the bottom of the bobbin pockets on the side facing the flap.

Stitch on each marked line to make the pockets.

Put the folder together

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing the same size as the front panel. The interfacing will add instability to the linen.

Place some ribbon aligned with the black strip on the front of the folder. The picture below shows the wrong placement because the flap will be folded and therefore the ribbon will not be in the middle of the roll

Place front panel on top of the pockets panel right sides together and pin in place. Mark a 3 inch opening where you will be turning the folder inside out.

Stitch all around leaving a 1/4 in seam allowance.

Iron well and top stitch all around the folder.

The folder is done. You can see on this photo that the ribbon was repositioned to coincide with the black middle strip.


Front closeup.

The bobbins fit nicely.

The folder can be rolled open or folded in the middle. When used open, just fold the flap inside as per picture.

If used folded in half, use the flap to keep both sides together.

The roll is quite small if folded in two.

Et voilà!

I quite like it.

If you make one please share your photos of the finished product in TeresaDownUnder projects Flickr group.

Spanish lace

Image by Wikimedia


  1. Nice tutorial but I found the “patchwork” to be rather distracting. Perhaps solid fabric would make it easier to “see”.


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