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A unique mix of crafts, nature, homeschooling…life.

methinks it’s a sewing cabinet


I’ve had to worst time creating lately. It’s the time of year when my focus turns to the outdoors and not one, but two new gardens. A few windy days followed by a few rainy days seemed to get me in the right mood for playing in the craft room. Some time ago I found this miniature cabinet at a thrift store. It was done in a Kountry style with a few miniature kitchen items inside. It was in decent shape but cried out to be altered. I originally bought it to create a shrine to Little Kitty, our manx cat we found here when we bought the place. I couldn’t force myself to do that to her, or me for that matter. So it sat, unaltered for a  year or so. As my creative thoughts have turned to sewing, the idea of making a little sewing cabinet came to me.

I covered the door with a flower catalog page from the 1910’s. A former customer gave me a pile of them to play with a long time ago. They are all in remarkable shape for their age and so colorful and fun. I used some matte gel medium to decoupage the paper on the outside of the cabinet after it had been painted. I also added strips of patterned paper with the edges sanded. The knob is a miniature spool with a bit of trim added to it.

The cabinet is topped with a chiboard trellis and some leaf trim with flowers woven through. It’s pretty and not too overdone. I’m running low on flowers so I made due.

I added a couple of hooks on the inside of the door to hang my pretty little ribbon cards I’d assembled some time ago. I just had them stacked in a basket and displaying them this was is a lot more reasonable. I also added a nail for a thimble. As I find my other thimbles, I’m sure I’ll add more nails here. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to make this cabinet. “Where is everything? Oh, it’s in the cabinet!”



The top shelf has my little creamer jars filled with my favorite buttons and the bottom shelf has some miscellaneous sewing notions. That little honey comb pin cushion was made by my Aunt Cindy from a soda bottle cap. Cute, eh?

Lastly, I wrote a quote on the shelves:

“Methinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics,

when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew;

especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts

than while so occupied.”


Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

Now I just need to find a place to hang it.


  1. Linda in New Mexico

    All the lovely things you do are so filled with personality and charm. This is exceptionally so. Thanks for sharing such a wonder filled piece.

  2. becky

    i sure wish all my goodies would fit in something so cute. mine— drawers.

  3. Kathryn

    This is beautiful and such a great idea. I think altering something is even better when it has a use. I love the quote, too. Thanks for sharing.

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