Vintage Sewing Boxes

Vintage sewing boxes offer individuals a most interesting glimpse into the history of sewing. Before the production of mass clothing, practically every woman knew about sewing and altering clothes for their household. Required to master these skills from an early age, these boxes allowed a convenient way to store sewing accessories.

Made of fabric or leather, the earliest vintage sewing boxes looked simplistic. However, by the eighteenth century, they gained popularity in Europe, with local artisans such as metalworkers, craftsmen, and jewelers requested to design them for the aristocratic ladies of the court. This led to more beautiful and intricate designs. Boxes were made of rare woods or leather on the outside and inlaid with ivory, mother of pearl and gemstones. The interior linings consisted of silk or velvet. The boxes came in a variety of sizes, with the larger ones containing several sections or layers.

Vintage 1950 60s Vulcan Regal Childs Sewing Machine Box Instructions

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30s VINTAGE TIN LITHO GERMAN CONTAINER BOX CASE SEWING MACHINE PFAFF GNOME ELF

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Vintage Wooden Sewing Box CHOCK full of Goodies Pinkeeps Thimble Thread +

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Vintage Antique Rosewood Inlay Marquetry Sewing Box Jewlery or Document

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Vintage French fabric covered 3 drawer boudoir sewing box chest

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ANTIQUE VINTAGE WOOD HAND CARVED HINGED SEWING STATIONARY JEWELLERY TRINKET BOX

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Vintage SINGER sewing machine bobbins various feet attachments w box 3273

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Vintage Accordion Style Wood Sewing Box Fold Out Antique Chest w Extra Stuff

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Vintage Georgian Sewing small screw topped jewelled rouge pill patch box 3 Day

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VINTAGE 1930s OAK SEWING BOX 19W DRAWER CANTILEVER ART DECO CHARM

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Japanese Vintage Sewing Wood Box Or Trinket Box or Jewelry BOX

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VINTAGE HORSE CARRIAGE COPPER SCENIC EMBOSSED SEWING DOCUMENT FIRE BOX ENGLAND

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VINTAGE WOOD SEWING BOX EXPANDING ACCORDION NOTIONS JEWELRY MAKE UP VELVET LINED

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EX Vintage 1950s Child SINGER SEWHANDY No 20 SEWING MACHINE W BOXManual

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NICE VINTAGE TOY SEWING MACHINE TIN TOY ARGENTINA WITH BOX WORKS MUST SEE

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Vintage Singer Sewhandy Sewing Machine Model No 20 w Box and Accessories

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Antique Vintage Wooden LETTER BOX CHEST Lap Desk Sewing Hinged Lid

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VINTAGE MID CENTURY MODERN Sky Gray SEWING BENCH STORAGE BOX SEAT STOOL OTTOMAN

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By the nineteenth century, industrialization and the rise of the middle class created a need for a less expensive and more practical basket. It needed to survive adverse conditions and be durable and waterproof. Steel and notions made of steel were wrapped tightly to prevent rusting and stored inside. To prevent exposure to light, delicate thread was wrapped in brown paper; soft leather protected the sewing silks.

Typical vintage sewing boxes were made just large enough to hold women's sewing supplies along with room for some of her handiwork. They held a needle book which housed a variety of needle sizes along with an assortment of various types of thread, ranging from cotton, linen, and silk. The seamstress also kept buttons, scissors, shears, a pin cushion, and a measuring tape in her boxes. Considered intimate the boxes were kept locked, often with a love token inside such as a cherished love letter, a favorite book of poetry, or a picture of her beloved.

In China, the baskets were small and made of cane, willow, grass, rushes, bamboo, or honeysuckle with a lid. These became popular in the United States also, and exported in mass numbers till about 1930. The craftsman adorned them with colorful glass bangles, beads, coin and silk; and placed images of dragons and flowers on the front.

By the early twentieth century, baskets were the most used container in the United States. They came lined with spaces for pin cushions, scissors sheath, and thimble holder sewn into the lining. In the 1930s, wicker baskets became popular complete with cord handles and decorated with pictures of poodles and sewing tools.

Vintage sewing baskets comprise an important part of the history of sewing. They supplied women with convenient storage for their sewing supplies for centuries and evolved from leather containers into wooden and wicker ones. Their practicality and beauty make them a beloved and treasured container even today.