Thursday, January 23, 2014

How to Make Yarn Bobbins for Tapestry Crochet

I'm getting ready to make another Harley Davidson Afghan.  The last one nearly drove me crazy because I just had the yarn attached to the afghan in balls and they kept unrolling and getting all tangled up.  So this time I decided to use yarn bobbins to keep the yarn from doing this.  The only problem is I can't seem to find any here in town and the one's on Amazon seemed too small.  So I decided to make my own.

  • Foam Core board
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Exacto Knife
  • Small piece of cardboard to put underneath to protect your table or cutting surface
  • Tape
I'm going to use this bobbin as a guide on how mine should look.

Bulky Yarn Bobbins

First draw a rectangle on the foam core board that is 5 inches long and 3 inches wide.

Then use your straight edge to help you draw this shape.  You can use a protractor for the rounded edges.  I just drew mine freehand.

Place the foam core board on top of a piece of cardboard to protect your cutting surface.

Use straight edge and an Exacto knife to score the foam core board then go back over again with the Exacto knife until the part is cut loose.  For curved areas you will probably just have to use the Exacto knife, unless you have a protractor.

If you are having trouble cutting a piece off, try turning over and cutting on the lines that are showing to help you remove the piece.

Once you have cut out your first bobbin, you can use it as a guide to draw the rest of the bobbins that you need.

The last step is to cover the bobbin in tape.  This will make the edges smoother and make the thinner parts of the bobbin stronger.

Now wind the amount of yarn you need to use around the bobbin.

Once you have wound your bobbin, cut it loose from the skein and then start using it.

It works well.  Even when it's hanging it doesn't unwind.

Happy Hooking!


Harley Davidson Afghan Chart

Marine Corps Afghan Chart

Peacock Afghan Chart

Little Angel Afghan Chart


  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Thank you so much for this! I really don't want to go out and buy bobbins but we happen to have foam board left over from a picture project we just did! This is just perfect (and perfect timing that I am starting my project now and not a week ago). Oh and I am using this in reference to your marine afghan. :) So excited to try this out and charting, as this is my first time doing anything remotely like this.

    1. Genius idea! Thanks for,sharing... I didnt even know these existed. This will definitely save me lots of time and frustration