Drop Spindle


Do you like the texture and variation of hand-spun yarn? Have you ever wanted to try spinning your own, but never wanted to pay the high price of a store-bought Drop Spindle? Well, now you can affordably and easily learn how to spin with the FABfiber Drop Spindle tool!

This tool is our simplest construction thus far and is extremely sturdy not to mention inexpensive. Typical store-bought drop spindles cost up roughly $20 while the materials to construct our FABfiber Drop Spindle costs only $2. What a steal!

If you click on THIS LINK, it will take you to a Google Drive folder that contains all of our FABfiber Drop Spindle designs as well as a blank one for you to add your own in Illustrator if you so chose. It also includes the instruction manual for you to either view on screen or print out.

*** If you are going to make your own designs in Illustrator, keep in mind that it is more suitable to etch black-and-white line drawings than it is to etch anything shaded or colored. Vectors are best!

To build your Drop Spindle you will need from the online folder:

One of the Drop Spindle design files

Drop Spindle Instruction Manual PDF

VIDEO: How to Build the FABfiber Drop Spindle

VIDEO: How to Use the FABfiber Drop Spindle

Where can I laser cut my Drop Spindle cut?

***As a result of membership fees and laser cut costs, we highly recommend combining the Drop Spindle and Mini Loom tools into a single file to make it as inexpensive as possible for fabricating multiple tools. ***

The Drop Spindle cut file will need to be cut from 1/4th inch MDF or plywood. TechShop is a business dedicated to bringing wood shop and fabrication tools to users across the United States for a membership fee. If you are located near the cities listed below, you have access to one of the TechShop locations! If fabrication is something that you are interested in consistently, this could be a great investment.

Chandler, AZ

Redwood City, CA

San Francisco, CA

San Jose, CA

Allen Park, MI

St. Louis, MO

Pittsburgh, PA

Round Rock, TX

Arlington, VA

If you are not located near these cities or are only utilizing a laser cutter once, the next best option is to submit the designs online and have the final cut pieces shipped to your home. A few of these types of websites that are inexpensive, easy to follow, and located in the U.S. are:


The Make Lab


The Laser Co.

We would also recommend searching the Internet for local options that are unique to your city, state or country!

If you have any comments or questions on this new tool, the process or anything else, feel free to email FABfiber Team Member Darci or Audra!