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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Haberdashery Box

Hello my dear friends,

I found three J. & P. Coats machine cotton boxes over a year ago in an antique store and they just had to be mine ... to put them into a drawer and that's where they were until a few days ago.  I finally decided to sit down and use them after finding my original idea I had in my little book and not only do they look nice but there are also useful now!

My little boxes ...

... each box is slightly smaller/larger than the others but that doesn't matter at all because each one is just as pretty as the other.

So far I have finished the largest one of the three by filling it with all sorts of neat sewing things  ~ sorry, I mean haberdashery things! ( I like this word ... haberdashery ~ it sounds really neat and old fashioned!)

I took many photos for you to see everything and not miss a thing!

My first haberdashery box ...


The box is lined with a piece of an old pattern sheet and tied up with string ...


... that holds an aged tag with a very neat quote that I made and ...

... once opened there are so many bits and pieces ~ some old and new ... but see for yourselves!







I hope you have enjoyed my latest doings and now I am off,  to work either on the other two boxes or maybe another creation ... I not sure which it will be yet, but please do stop by soon again here at Todolwen to see my next creation!

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. What great pictures.
    Oooh, I love those boxes and what you have done with them.


  2. *SWOONING* at your haberdashery box here! ...crammed full of wonderful treasures!! LOVE it all! Jan x

  3. I just found your blog. Thanks for sharing your life and your craft. Looking forward to more "adventure"! Blessings, Lee

  4. Haberdashery never looked so good. Neat boxes and the haberdashery inside!!!!

  5. Love them! makes you want to hold each piece and feel the history of its previous owner. Lovely.

  6. another fun idea - I loved your use of the tissue pattern got me to thinking and sparked the idea of using old tissue patterns as the tissue in gift bags and as wrapping - new idea to me - "as iron sharpens iron" so to speak

  7. Haberdashery is a neat word and kind of fun to say.LOL! You have the best ideas and I have to say I love this one.Hugs,Jen

  8. What a gorgeous gathering sweet Karen!! and you KNOW I love the boxes and graphics! Such beauties should hold precious treasures ~ sending you hugs dear friend, Dawn

  9. Karen,
    I just love the boxes. What an awesome find. I also love the idea you used on this particular box. I can not wait to see what ideas you use on the other two boxes. Blessings, Betsy

  10. This is amazingly cute!!! so nicely done.
    found it on pinterest. thanks for sharing.

    barbara jean