Charity Vintage: Cantilever sewing box

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vintage cantilever sewing box for sale by & in support of Isabel Hospice
(ends 26 Nov, 2014 20:13:12 GMT)

This vintage wooden cantilever sewing box (with a collection of threads and other haberdashery bits) is being sold by & in support of one of the charities we feature quite a lot here, Isabel Hospice*.

We’ve had quite a few of these pass through our shop over the years. Sewing has had something of a major renaissance in the past few years. Lots of talented people are even making an indie career out of it, selling on sites such as  Etsy, Folksy and Dawanda.

*Isabel Hospice is a charity needing to raise nearly £4 million per annum to provide their free services to the people of eastern Hertfordshire. Their ethos is that they treat the whole person, not simply the illness. They offer a complete hospice service through their team of Community Nurse Specialists, a 16-bed, in-patient hospice, a day hospice, outreach day hospices, hospice at home and a family support and bereavement service.

Charity Vintage: wooden sewing box

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vintage wooden sewing box being sold by & on behalf of British Heart Foundation(ends 19 Mar, 2014 20:24:16 GMT)

Have you been watching the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee? I’m not the greatest of seamstresses, but I’ve been watching avidly!

Since the programme first aired, we’ve noticed a rise in the number of vintage sewing & haberdashery (one of my favourite words!) products we’ve been selling in our shop. One of the most popular items have been vintage wooden sewing boxes. Especially examples like this one currently being sold by & on behalf of British Heart Foundation*.

It’s made of beech or pine with five different cantilevered compartments to store all manner of scissors, pins, threads, bias binding, ric rac (another of my favourite words!) etc.

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.

Charity Vintage: Vulcan child’s sewing machine

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vintage Vulcan child's sewing machine for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of CLIC Sargent
(ends 22 Jan, 2014 23:59:25 GMT)

We’ve sold a few of these vintage Vulcan child’s sewing machines in our shop – they always prove very popular. This example above is being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of CLIC Sargent*.

It comes with all its accessories, instruction booklet and original box. I love the instruction where it says, “Thread cotton thus”! It’s available at the ‘buy it now’ price of £39.99 which includes postage and packing.

*CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. They provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. They are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.

Vintage sewing boxes

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vintage wooden sewing box with reels of thread

We bought this gorgeous little sewing/work box last week.

open vintage wooden sewing box with reels of thread

We often come across this type of concertina box at markets & auctions, but this one had that little bit of extra quality. It dates from the 1950s and has a lovely, rich colour. It’s cute & compact, but there are lots of compartments for small tools, threads & pins. It has little splayed feet and there’s a nicely turned wooden handle and knobs to top & sides. A real sweetie!!

detail of vintage wooden sewing box with reels of thread

We must have had dozens of vintage sewing boxes in stock over the years and this one has to be one of our favourites. Here’s a little montage of some of the others.

montage of vintage sewing boxes sold by H is for Home

Craft room

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view of our craft & sewing room

In last week’s Mapping the World post we talked about finally sorting out what had become a storage room after last year’s flood. It didn’t end after hanging a few maps, so here’s a short follow up to show what else we did in there.

view of our craft & sewing room showing a vintage printers tray full of cotton reels

It has evolved into a combined craft room & spare bedroom. We’ve put an old, rustic work bench in the large window area to make use of the natural light. On it sits a vintage Bernina sewing machine that’s just had a full service; also drawers, jugs & baskets full of thread, pins and craft tools.

view of our craft & sewing room showing a vintage hanging industrial lamp

When the sun goes down we have a couple of task lights – both have an industrial look. The first is a pale blue touch-sensitive desk lamp that we reviewed for John Lewis. The second is a vintage hanging work light with metal cage to protect the bulb.

view of our craft & sewing room showing a vintage black painted iron bed with vintage floral quilt cover in shades of orange & yellow

And last but not least a bed – we bought this Victorian folding metal bed at a flea market for £20 which was a bit of a bargain. It looks lovely with its bright floral linen. If you overdo it on the crafting, you can just flop into bed a few feet away!

Sew Vintage!

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vintage white painted wicker sewing box on legs with blue lid

We picked up this vintage sewing box at a market last week. It’s made of wicker with blue plastic lid and weave detailing. We neatened up the interior with some matching floral fabric from the same 1960s era.

interior of a  vintage white painted wicker sewing box on legs with blue lid

These boxes are perfect for sewers & crafters who love a bit of vintage – you’ll never waste hours looking for those elusive needles, threads or pins ever again!

vintage yellow dandycord tabletop sewing boxvintage wooden tabletop sewing box with black trimvintage blue dandycord sewing box on legs

vintage wooden sewing box on legsround, cane vintage sewing box with yellow quilted interiorvintage wooden sewing box on legs with castors

small vintage orange plastic sewing boxvintage wooden sewing box with three tiersvintage dandycord tabletop sewing box with floral lid


They always prove popular in our shop. The little montage above shows a few of the boxes that have recently passed through our hands or we currently have in stock.