Sewing Box – What’s on my work desk today!

It’s time for a makeover for this vintage sewing box!
Thought I’d join in the WOYWW gang today, for ‘What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday’.
This yummy, vintage sewingbox has been languishing under my sewing table for some time, feeling a bit neglected and waiting for a little TLC. The legs are wonkey, screws are missing and this Little Lady needs a bit of spit and polish.

Our journey together started when I visited a local charity warehouse for my weekly rummage.I discovered the adjoining unit had been taken over by a house clearance company who’d piled lots of rubbish outside just waiting for a skip – or me!

I couldn’t resist a look. First I spotted the handle of a sewing box!  I popped inside and asked if I could have it – “yes, it’s waiting to be skipped”, so I picked it up.  My heart was racing because it was so heavy – always a good sign of treasure.  When I got home, the bottom tray was full of vintage knitting needles and the rest were lined with buttons! Happy me.
Since then, the sewing box has been waiting for a makeover, so I took out my trusty screwdriver.

Unscrewed. Dismantled and piled up all the parts.
This little Lady was filthy.
Out of the kitchen came the microfibre cloths and anti-bacterial cleaner and I started scrubbing.
So much dirt!
That little bit of elbow grease has made such a difference!
I’m so happy. My postman delivered the replacement screws today.
No more wonkey legs for this Lady.
As of this morning, this is what’s on my workbench.
The sun is out and I’m pondering the next stage before I reassemble.
Watch this space.

44 Replies to “Sewing Box – What’s on my work desk today!”

  1. How wonderful that you saved the lovely sewing box from Skip death! You've made a blooming good job of the restoration, I look forward to the big reveal next week 😊
    Hugs, LLJ 18 xx

  2. Hi Katie, I have one of these boxes. They used to be very popular but the crews do seem to come loose due to you open and shutting them but they are lovely. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy crafty woyww, Angela x21x

  3. Oooh what a lucky find! 🙂 I've given mine away as I hardly used it and one of my sister in law's her craft room is her whole own craft shed for sewing. 🙂
    Thanks for the earlier visit, ~Stacy #40

  4. What a super find!! I would have grabbed it too 🙂 I wonder what you will do with it next?
    Saw your felting below too. Lovely!
    Thanks for visiting earlier, much appreciated 🙂

  5. Hi Katie how lovely to see you and your project here.
    My mum bought me one that one of her friends made. The screws are always coming loose on it, must be a design fault on them.
    You're doing a great job in cleaning it up.
    Have a great week fellow Lancashire lass
    Lynn xx 2

  6. Truly a labour of love that has paid off – could not believe that video – what a differenceI have one similar but not as big as yours.
    Do join us again and show us how it all went together.
    Hugs, Neet xx 13

  7. Amazing what a bit of TLC can do – it's looking so much better already. It's a lovely box and well worth being saved from the skip – good on you!
    Hope you have a great week and thanks for the visit to mine,
    Diana #23

  8. Hi Katie, WOW!!! What a wonderful find. Looking forward to seeing it when it's finished.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #24

  9. Wow! What a challenge! I have one of these too, given to me by my Father in Law in the 70's. Fortunately mine is still in working condition! Can't wait to see what you do with yours! Thanks for your visit earlier! Lindart #41

  10. Hi Katie. Welcome to WOYWW. A gorgeous find there. I've got one exactly the same which my hubby gave me many years ago. He had done some inlay work on the top just for me. When my sewing supplies outgrew the box, I wondered what to use it for – it now has all my jewelery in!
    Have fun. take care. God bless.
    Margaret #9

  11. Happy Belated WOYWW! I love those sewing boxes…so many possibilities! I love the reconstruction steps you've shown. Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by earlier.
    -K #32

  12. Katie, I love this! What a smashing job you are making of the Old Lady lol! I watch Money for Nothing on TV and you remind me of that! I can't wait to see it finished. It's amazing what people throw out, sn't it. Thank you for your visit and your great comment. I am so sorry to hear of your computer woes but good on your hubby offering to get you a new laptop! Exciting! I never think a WOYWW comment is late until after the next one has started – I'm always happy to receive comments, any time.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #34

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