I love to collect vintage haberdashery from the 1900 – 1980’s. These items remind me of my Mum and Nan’s sewing baskets. I loved to watch them sew when I was a child, and it inspired my love of sewing. My collection started with items from my Grandmothers sewing box. Over the years, I had added items collected from flea markets, antique shops, Etsy stores, thrift shops, eBay and more. I particularly love items in their original packaging – buttons on original cards etc. I collect buttons, wooden cotton reels. ribbon, pins, needles, threads, lace and more.
I love to incorporate vintage sewing supplies in my sewing photos to make them more original. I love any excuse to rummage around in my collection, finding the right pieces to photograph.I often share these photos on instagram.
I have included some images in this post to highlight some of my favourite sewing items. I have items from France, Japan, England, Australia, and USA. A great resource for vintage sewing supplies is a book by Amy Barickman, Vintage Notions.
If you love vintage sewing patterns, check out these McCalls Vintage Sewing Cards.