Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Vintage Sewing Notion Wall Art

Vintage Sewing Notion Wall Art

Remember these lovely vintage sewing needle books I found in this yellow sewing box?

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I thought keeping them at the bottom of the box was a safe place, beneath my trims and elastics. Whenever I opened the box, I would see the needle books and smile.

Then I thought it would be even better to enjoy them all the time by hanging them up on the wall in my Craft Corner.


I plan to hang this up on a narrow wall space, so this thrifted frame was perfect.


I painted the frame red, since there were traces of red in some of the notion packaging. I used Martha Stewart Satin Paint in Habanero, with the sponge applicator tip attached right onto the bottle, which I just LOVE. I used two coats.


At first I was going to only display needle books, but in the yellow box I also found lovely packaging for buttons and these lingerie strap holder thingys, and wanted to include them too. I was going to use the mat that came with the frame but I needed more room so I decided not to use the mat. I instead made little backgrounds for each of the notions out of vintage linens, with another vintage linen in the background.


When I was happy with the colors and arrangement of the notions and the background pieces, I had to stick them somehow to the background piece of fabric. I decided to use Steam-a-Seam2 fusible webbing. It’s safe to say that I’m addicted to that stuff! I cut the webbing in the same size as the backgrounds, peeled off the paper backing and used my hand to press it onto the back of the backgrounds. Then peel off the other paper backing to arrange them onto the background fabric. Since we haven’t used the iron to fuse the backgrounds yet, the adhesive isn’t permanent…I could rearrange the squares easily but they stayed in place.


I took some pictures of the arrangement before fusing it down, and looked at it on my computer. I liked the patchwork-y look but it was crowded so I decided to leave some white space in between some of the backgrounds.Then fuse the backgrounds to the background fabric.


I used these removable mounting squares to stick the notions to the fabric. I’ve had these in my stash since 2004 when working on my wedding invitations. I don’t know how many adhesives I tried out! Glad I’m finally using these!


I cut them in half because these notions are rather small (and because I want my supply to last another 7 years?). I just stuck a few on the back of each one and pressed them onto their backgrounds. Again, they’re removable so I can rearrange them until I’m happy.


Wrap the fabric around a piece of cardboard (confession: I wrapped it around the unused mat…instant storage! I used a few more mounting squares to adhere the fabric to the mat. Pop it into the frame. All done.

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Some close-ups of the notions. I adore the vintage graphics and fonts.

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This needle packaging had this “carved” border, very similar to the frame. The packaging for the lingerie strap holder is fittingly feminine.



My girls like the monopoly-type magician guy on this beading needle book.


For now, I’ve just propped it up the frame on my desk. I need to add some hanging hardware to the back. Will update this post when it’s hanging in its place. You’ll also see it when I finally reveal my Craft Corner makeover sometime this month (I hope!).

Linking: The Frugal Girls :: Petite Hermine :: Tip Junkie ::Sassy Sites :: Rook No. 17 :: The Trendy Treehouse :: Tidy Mom:: Creation Corner :: Whipperberry :: Tatertots and Jello ::Lolly Jane Boutique :: Homemaker on a Dime :: The Gunny Sack :: Hazel and Honeysuckle :: Apron Thrift Girl :: The Thrifty Groove :: Radcrafter :: Her Library Adventures :: The Vintage Sheet Blog

Disclosure: I received the Martha Stewart Paint and Tools to write a product review for this post. Click over there for more details.



  1. Love it Steph! The graphics, colours, everything - perfect! A lovely addition to a beautiful creative space <3

  2. I love it! So creative and beautiful.

  3. I love the colors and the vintage pieces, very creative!

    I'd love if you would consider sharing this at my Thingamajig Thursday party...http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/thingamajig-thursday-party-2/


  4. That is so pretty! What a great addition for a sewing/craft room. I am a new follower from Creation Corner. Vicky from Mess For Less

  5. This is such a cute idea! I relly like it. I might have to steal....err...borrow this idea! Thank you for joining us at TTF and have a great day!

  6. Love! Absolutely love, love, love! I'm spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

    With all the blog parties out there, and at one of the busiest times of the year, it means an awful lot that you take the time to share your talent on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesdays at Rook No. 17!


  7. This is wonderful. It reminds me when I use to raid my mom's sewing box when I was little. Nice job!

    Please check out my own blog - http://lemonandwildwood.blogspot.com/

  8. It's going to look gorgeous in your craft room! Much nicer on the wall instead of hiding in a box.

  9. It is absolutely beautiful - a great way to display your vintage finds!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  10. i'd pay a solid chunk of change to have this in my craft space...it's awesome!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing on Thingamajig Thursday!

    Hope to see you again soon.


  12. What a fun way to display vintage notions! I love the red frame! Thanks for sharing this at What's In The Gunny Sack!

  13. Great idea. I have a bunch of these old needle sets. I should do something with them or put them in the Etsy store so someone else can create a cute display with them. Thanks for the nudge and for linking to the Vintage Sheet Blog party.

  14. Such a creative way to display something you love. I really love how the red frame pops :)

  15. So fun. Thanks for sharing this. What a great find and a great idea. I have some old Czech glass buttons I have been thinking of framing, now I just need to find some more bits and pieces to round out a collection.

  16. That's what I can do with the stash of special notions that, like you say, make me smile! Thanks & Happy Trails!

  17. I have that same sew easy walco beading needles book! Its adorable!


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