I inherited my Gran’s sewing box years ago, and believe it or not, left everything in it. I’ve used a few things over the years, but have always just left it the way Gran had it. Well, maybe not exactly the way she had it… it’s a lot less orderly now!
And if you think this is bad, here’s a peek at the mish-mash of my own sewing box!
Enter the little red vintage tool box that inspired me to take charge of all this chaos.
Yes, this was a thrifting find from the other day, and for some reason I saw it becoming part of my sewing mix… even though this is what it looked like inside.
Some soaking, Goo-Gone, lots of elbow grease and a little steel wool took care of this, and then I lined the bottom with rubber shelf liner and red felt.
It’s actually this I was more worried about!
Sorting and organizing all the random contents of my sewing stuff along with my grandmother’s to become one! Eeeek. And getting better systems in place to boot.
My thread and bobbins were a tangled mess.
The idea behind this thread/bobbin caddy isn’t so bad, but it’s one of those organizers that doesn’t really work. I’ve moved my bobbins to this little case instead…
I still have to decide on storage for my thread. Do you have any favorite solutions to share?
And buttons. Who saves them in all these packages, anyway?
Well, that would be me! I’ve now sorted my buttons and separated them into little jars of darks, whites, metallics, mixed colours, and kid inspired!
My Gran made her own dresses, and she loooooved rick rack, seam binding and elastic. I wrote about a quilt she made here.
Did you notice the vintage labels with their vintage prices?
I corralled all the rick rack and seam binding into a small box, and placed it with the rest of my craft supplies.
No need for this factory supply to be kept in my sewing box, right?
I did put all Gran’s elastic into a pretty little box, and it along with some other things you saw on the table now live in the bottom of my sewing box.
I also sorted and organized more things from the table into the top tray of my sewing box, and this is what lives there now.
The pink seamstress tape belonged to my Gran along with the very burnished thimble beside it. The tape is only in feet and inches, and it’s so old I’m afraid it might crack and break if I handle it too much. I have two of my own, but there’s no way I want to part with Gran’s, so it gets to take up a cubby of its own! Hey, do you know of any DIY ideas where I could showcase this special tape instead?
Remember all those envelopes containing spare buttons? Here’s how I used some of them for my larger needles and pins.
They’re now tucked down a side compartment in one of the trays in the top of my sewing box.
And by now I bet you’re wondering where on earth the little red tool kit comes in.
Well, tools of course!
Between my Gran and I, we had a few tools of the sewing trade…
Believe it or not, the wooden handled tracing wheel, seam guide, and large seam ripper were mine in high school! Never mind, never mind – I said my stuff was ‘semi-new’!
Here’s something of Grannie’s I never had! A scissors sharpener.
Do they even make these anymore? The scissors you see are mine… would you dare use them to cut paper? No, my family doesn’t either
Anyway, I thought the little red tool box would be perfect for our sewing tools!
I slipped the sharp objects into the little leather pouch on the right, just to protect them and the red paint that’s still in tact!
Everything fit perfectly.
And the lid even closed!
My Gran’s sewing box is empty now, and all our sewing things combined. You see, I have to do some minor repairs to it, because the screws that hold the hinges in place are really loose, and the drawers are pretty shaky when they’re pulled open.
In the meantime I will just enjoy it for the beautiful piece that it is. Well used, and well loved!
Do you craft or sew? What kind of organizational strategies do you use for all the ‘stuff’ that goes with it? Oh, and if you noticed the old Aspirin bottle in the first photo, pop by next week… I’ll show you some of the other treasures that kind of go with it!
So happy to be featured over at Junkin Joe’s! Thank you, Andrea
Published in the Home section of Savvy Stories over at Savvy Mom.
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Photographs by Sheila Zeller