Now- I know what you’re thinking: Sadie already created a sewing caddy once before. And you’re right…I still use it all the time, and the pins are safely tucked away from my cat, Cottonball. BUT…when I found this outdated jewelry valet with its padded top, I knew right away it would be a great little sewing kit for this month’s post for The Good Life Blog.
Besides, who couldn’t use a little more sewing notion storage? This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Sew…I mean, So…this little jewelry valet didn’t need much to repurpose it into a sewing kit. But, first things first, I needed to clean out some of the dust and dirt from the velveteen interior. Since I was already going to be using some painters tape for the exterior, I used some tape like a lint brush and dabbed out the grime.
It worked like a charm! So I kept on taping before I painted it a pretty periwinkle blue.
Once the painted had dried and I removed the tape, I did a little modification to the interior. With my antique pliers, I removed the foam ring holders. Why’d I do that? So that I had a nifty little section for bobbins!
Across the aisle from the bobbins, I used the earring section to hold my long embroidery needles. How perfect is that?
And then I just filled the rest of the valet with various supplies- thimbles, measuring tape, cute little folding scissors, fabric pencils, etc.
But let’s not forget the most important part- the very reason I purchased this jewelry valet in the first place! The built-in pincushion…!
Isn’t that divine? And when it comes to sewing supplies, it can really hold a LOT…definitely more than my (very cute but space-limited) teapot sewing caddy.
And while it doesn’t hide the straight pins from Cottonball, I can tuck this into a drawer or on a closet shelf just the same.
I think the periwinkle paint is a big improvement- it really makes it pop! And now I have a little more storage for my sewing bits…instead of just investing in a larger sewing box or chest, I guess I’ll just keep repurposing odds and ends into storage. ‘Tis the upcycler’s way…