sewing basket

When I was visiting my grandmother recently she asked did I want to have her sewing basket? Since I already have her sewing machine (my lovely, lovely treadle) she didn’t need it anymore and of course I said yes!
sewing basket. tidytipsy
Isn’t it beautiful? It’s old of course and the wood looks a little tired and the veneer is chipped in places but I think it’s so pretty!
Inside, it was a real mess, obviously this is the collection from decades of sewing:
sewing basket. tidytipsy
So I went to work and a full 1.5 hours later everything was sorted and my own sewing stuff was mixed in with my grandmother’s treasures. Among her things were vintage belt buckles, tags monogrammed with my late grandfather’s initials, old wooden spools of thread and hundreds of colorful buttons.
sewing basket. tidytipsy
sewing basket. tidytipsy
The case has two drawers of which one is broken. I’m hoping the boyfriend will be able to fix it. I’m also planning on giving the whole thing a wood treatment (this has worked wonders on two thrift store chairs I have). Maybe I’ll also spruce it up a little (I’m considering a blatant copy of this stunning make-over).
sewing basket. tidytipsy
What do you think?

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9 thoughts on “sewing basket

  1. Serenity

    So beautiful! What a treasure and it is in such a great piece overall. It is a great heirloom to have too. You are so blessed to have it. I have never seen anything quite like it. Or if I have, I did not know it was. The old sewing machines used to be stored in a cabinet and folded down and into the cabinet to store. The cabinet also had a few drawers to store your sewing supplies in. Though those wooden spools are a dime a dozen, though are worth a lot of money. Not that I am sawing to sell them, dear. They just don’t make the wooden spools anymore. My Grandma gave me a few when she was cleaing out her sewing rooom before she moved They are really kool. I hace a modern sewing basket I got from JoAnn’s. My Grandma has just a sewing basket too. She quilts but not so much anyore. It is hard for her to see the stiching now. I think I will show her this post for I think she will be quite interested in this. This cabinet is in fine condition. Treat it well and maintain it and you will be able to pass this heirloom down to your daughter someday. Very nice! 🙂

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  2. laricci smunch

    This is so great! I WORSHIP the sewing hand-me-downs I inherited from my grandmother – unfortunately after she passed ten years ago. You are so lucky that you get to share these things with your grandmother now! Did she teach you how to sew?

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  3. Kristina

    Thank you all, I’m glad you love it as much as I do :))
    @ Lauren, no my grandma didn’t teach me to sew, I think she stopped doing much sewing after my dad and his siblings were grown up (same as my mom actually, she sewed before she had us and then stopped). I guess you could say the internet taught me to sew 😉

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  4. kaja

    Absolutely fanatstic! I love it. When I move into my own flat (whenever that will be) I hope I’ll be able to get my mum’s sewing machine and my granny’s (my mum’s mum) sewing basket. Somehow I can’t wait to move into my own flat now. Thanks for that feeling! 🙂

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