Sunday, January 30, 2011

My Sewing Box

Definition: A sewing box or sewing organizer is a container which is designed to hold sewing equipment and accessories. Sewing boxes may take the form of literal boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they can also come in the form of large canvas bags or sacks. Unlike a sewing kit, which holds some basic equipment which people can use for quick sewing repairs and other tasks, a sewing box can become quite large, and the contents may be rather esoteric, especially for crafters who are involved in unusual fabric arts.
I like sewing boxes, don't you? I like the idea of sewing boxes used through generations of women. If you are lucky enough to find one with its original contents you can find all sorts of things. The usual buttons, thimbles, needles, old thread...but also receipts, handwritten notes, old notions you would never use now - but the packaging is interesting. Well used sewing boxes can have a history. Some people have very fond memories of a relative with a handy box that was used to keep all items needed for repairing clothes, sewing on a lost button, embrodiery...that's what I remember about my Mum's box.
I have some boxes but not many - while I love them they can take up a lot of space. I prefer the smaller kind like these when I can find them.

Some I keep old button cards in. I do the same with old cigar boxes.
My favorite (and not because it is especially spectacular) is the one that sits by my sewing machine. It was a gift from my Mum many years ago (I can't even remember when - I think it was a Christmas present). It has survived many moves and remains my "work" box (as evidenced by its contents).
While looking up sewing boxes on the Web I came across the book called Jane Austen's Sewing Box. While I have not read it (maybe one of you have) it does intrigue me. After all, women (and men) have been sewing for a very long time...I wonder what I would have found in Jane's box ? Or, for that matter, yours? Cheers, Jewels


  1. Julie, I too got a lovely sewing box for a gift one year. It was a longaberger weaved basket with a lid. Inside the giftgiver gave me the usual things, but the special small mason jars that she filled were wonderful. There were 4 of them. One had buttons, all white, one had multicolored buttons, one had glue sticks, unusual and unexpected, and the last had lifesaver candies that were individually wrapped. It was a wonderful gift and surprise.

  2. Well, you know I like a good box of notions! I enjoyed seeing your collection (and hearing about that book, which is new to me.)

  3. I love the insides of the sewing boxes! And it seems in the South, we almost always find a bullet mixed in with the buttons.