Saturday, 16 July 2016

Make Do and Mend

What's your sewing box like?


Mine is a very old Mothercare baby box, found in a charity shop many, many years ago.

I had a small wooden cantilever sewing box before this, but it soon got full and untidy, so this is a much better idea.

 I've never made many clothes from scratch but I've always mended.
Several weeks ago someone mentioned their button-box, mine is a very old tin, bought from a scout jumble sale a long time ago, then some buttons were added from my late mum's button tin and some have been cut off old clothes that we've had. It's very full and rarely opened, buttons don't seem to feature much in the clothes we wear nowadays.
 I've got so many different colours of sewing thread and very few bought new, most have been found in car boot sales along with other odds and ends like the Woolworths Garter Elastic in the zip lock bag!
I've used the darning mushroom for darning socks too, back in the days when Col wore thick woolly  socks for work in winter.
Now the old hand-made quilt has been repaired, it needs a wash, but it's too big for a normal washing machine, I shall have to track down a launderette in Ipswich somewhere.

Many Thanks for comments on the last few posts

Back in a day or two
Sue


20 comments:

  1. I love a button box, perfect disc of colour and sizes. Plus cotton thread is also pretty. I use a plastic huge mans tool box, makes it easy to carry and all the small stuff is in one place

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  2. My sowing box is my 1980 baby box that were all the fashion at the time. I chuck all sorts in there and its normally the first place we look when searching for a particular item. My little box of magic. I do love that quilt.

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  3. My sewing box is very small, I'm not much of a needlewoman!
    My button box however is much treasured.....It's a biscuit tin, navy blue and gold patterned, which has come down from my great grandmother, nana, mum and now is with me!
    It's lovely dipping into the button tin, as it brings back memories of nana and mum, my great grandmother died when I was three years old, but I clearly remember a grey dress she wore, with tiny crystal buttons down the bodice. Those buttons are in the tin, I had five of them stitched onto the bottom of my wedding dress, but they're all back in the tin now, waiting for the next event.
    Our first grandchild is due in less than three weeks, and I've crocheted loads of jackets, cardies etc, the button bands will go on as soon as I know boy/girl......I'm having great fun looking through the tin and choosing buttons for the next generation!

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  4. My sewing box is actually an office cabinet as I couldn't find a sewing box big enough to take all of my threads and everything else.
    The quilt is beautiful....it looks so soft and cosy-x-

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  5. My mums sewing box was her old baby box so my sewing box was my old baby box but I have now a big mans tool box and a pretty purple make up box! I love boxes!

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  6. My sewing box is a room, I love old button tins and have my mums and my grans, the kids love going through the old buttons, threads have by the drawer enough to last me a life time, that quilt is lovely I hope you manage to find somewhere to wash it :-)

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  7. I have a baby box the same as yours Sue, but I keep first aid things in there. Again, like you, I have an old tin that belonged to my mother which I keep my buttons in, some were my mother's and they were a work of art. You don't get buttons like that now, unfortunately. The tin is rather big and has a hinged lid which is still intact. On the top is written Daintee Confectionary, so I don't know whether it contained sweets or biscuits, although I wouldn't have thought people would buy sweets in tins that size in the 30s or 40s. Lots of memories with the tin and what's inside.
    My sewing box proper is a rectangular Quality Street tin, which is full to the top not only with needles, sewing cotton and press studs etc I also have lengths of elastic and knitting paraphernalia like stitch holders, row counters and the like.

    Joan (Wales)

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  8. I think there is still a launderette at the top of the hill of Bramford Road, as you go into town. Behind the large block of flats. Does that make sense? It was definitely still there and working last time I went past.

    Loved seeing inside your sewing box.

    I've got a couple of sewing boxes, just newish ones. I like them. they do the job. Well, to be absolutely honest, they're full of crap and I tend to carry needles and stuff around in a little basket instead! ha ha.

    xx

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  9. no. not right at the top, just as it starts to curve up to join Norwich Road. That's a more accurate description. :O) x

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  10. I have a plastic cantilever sewing box that I've had for ages. It isn't very pretty but is handy for me. My buttons are divided into two jars, one for white and cream-colored buttons and a second jar for all the rest.

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  11. Loving sewing box. I don't think we mend stuff as much as we used to. I remember when some of our cardigans got too small Mum would take off the buttons/zippers and unravel the wool to use again!

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  12. My hand is now too shaky to do hand sewing but I have taken up baby knitting again as I have a great grandchild due in December. I am making sure that each garment I make is absolutely correct - and it is taking some doing. Hopefully I shall get better at it.

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  13. I am very lucky I have my 2 x gt grandmothers work table, she was a dress maker.It has come down to me through a line of dressmaker amateur and professional, my daughter already has her eye on it so it will go on through the family. It has the same capacity as the baby box. My baby box contains my stained glass equipment.

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  14. I've got one of those baby boxes but mine is full of Lego which is kept for visiting children. My sewing things are kept in a foot stool and two wooden sewing boxes from charity shops. Like you most of my sewing now is mending.

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  15. I have fond memories of my mother's button basket. I learned all my colours this way as a kid

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  16. I have several boxes, and still it is not neat, as it should be. I love old buttons. I think I waste money on ones that will never be used. If I found boxes of men's waist buttons, I'd have what I really need. My fellows are constantly popping theirs, repeatedly!

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  17. My sewing box is a coffee table with nine small drawers, and I pretty much know what is in each (I do shove things in the wrong one sometimes though!)
    One drawer is full of those individual jam pots that you get with a cream tea sometimes. Spent ages collecting them, as we didn't often have tea out like that. But in them are pearl buttons, small safety pins, sequins in various colours etc.
    Another drawer for scissors, one for embroidery threads, one full of cotton reels, etc.
    And one, the drawer of shame, wth small unfinished sewing projects that I ought to be tackling!

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  18. My sewing box is a coffee table with nine small drawers, and I pretty much know what is in each (I do shove things in the wrong one sometimes though!)
    One drawer is full of those individual jam pots that you get with a cream tea sometimes. Spent ages collecting them, as we didn't often have tea out like that. But in them are pearl buttons, small safety pins, sequins in various colours etc.
    Another drawer for scissors, one for embroidery threads, one full of cotton reels, etc.
    And one, the drawer of shame, wth small unfinished sewing projects that I ought to be tackling!

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    1. And on the mantlepiece is my old wooden darning mushroom. I love darning socks, so it's getting a bit scratched, but I'm still fond if it.

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  19. I love the old quilt, what a beauty to snuggle under when the weather turns colder.
    Lisa x

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