Notions and Needles and Thimbles … Oh My!
In 1934, most women and young girls had a sewing basket full of necessary notions for sewing and quilting. A handy basket usually sat next to mother’s chair where she could pick it up and patch a few holes or sew on buttons in the evening while the family was settling in for the night. Young girls would pester their mothers for hand-me-down sewing supplies, gathering their own growing collection for needlework.
These baskets, often containing the latest needlework project, were easy to carry along to quilt guild meetings or local quilting bees.
What items filled up these baskets or tins? Most contained an assortment of the following:
Possibly a needle threader
A sock darner
Pieces of muslin or feed sack material
Possibly quilt patterns, often cut from the local newspaper
An assortment of buttons, snaps, bits of lace or rick-rack, & spare zippers
What’s in YOUR sewing basket?