You know I love a good flea-to-fab makeover. What you might not know about me is that I also sew. My Mom taught me when I was six years old. She bought me one of those mini metal singer machines–the perfect size to create doll clothes.
OMG! Blog post update: My Mom just gave me a batch of old photos, and look what I found, a photo of me sewing on the mini sewing machine just as I remember. Even though this is a b&w photo, believe me, it was a beautiful bright red.
It was a grand day when I got promoted to use her vintage Singer treadle machine, that my Mom and Dad brought with them when they moved from London to California. It still runs better than any machine built today!
When I spotted this vintage gem at the flea market, I bought it. A little sad perhaps, but with a couple coats of chalk paint, it cleaned up nicely. After varnishing, I lightly distressed the edges.
It needed something extra, so I transferred this beautiful French Typography graphic
from The Graphics Fairy, and voila! I transferred it to both top panels.
I lined the inside of the sewing box with vintage patterns–a perfect match.
Note the narrow channel to hold bobbins. One day I plan to thread a dozen bobbins with different colors of thread, ready to use. I tend to reuse just one bobbin over and over again.
If you’re interested in purchasing this vintage gem, leave a comment with your email and we’ll work something out. I’m setting up an Etsy shop, and soon many of my flea-to-fab makeovers will be for sale.
You might like my other vintage sewing box makeover.