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Scrapbook Scribbles 18 – Check Your Sewing Basket

I inherited my grandma’s sewing “basket”.  It’s really an oval quilted covered box with two corded handles and a removable top tray and a bunch of tiny compartments.  My mom has one just like it, only in a different color.  When I was young, I used to love to go through it and be amazed at all of the different colors of thread, the container of buttons, the cardboard wrapped with bits of left –over ric-rac and such.  When my grandma passed away, I was so fortunate to get her sewing basket like Mom’s.  Grandma’s had some different things in it, some very antique tools, etc. and it brought back some fond memories of sitting by my mom and searching through the treasures in “the sewing basket”.

There are millions, seriously, I do believe there are at least a million different types of items you can buy for embellishing your scrapbook pages.  You can buy them from stores and online, and in all different sizes, shapes, and colors.  Add it all up, and “Wow!!” the $$$$ add up!!  You don’t always have to have all of the fancy designer name brand scrapbook supply company items though, you can just check your sewing basket.

In your sewing basket, you may find a bunch of options, such as:

Thread – you can stitch on your pages or just use loose thread randomly glued down.

Buttons – buttons are embellishments that are widely sold by scrapbooking companies, however; you can find them in your sewing basket too.  Before you trash a stained or torn garment that is beyond repair, rescue the “hardware” like the buttons, zippers, clasps, snaps, etc.  Even trim, like ribbon, cording, or ric-rac are good to save.

Safety Pins – safety pins can be used to attach little tags or charms.  These are also sold as scrapbooking embellishments painted in different colors, but you can find them for “free” in your sewing supplies.

Ric-rac, Old Zippers, Trim, Cording – as I mention in a bullet above, when you get rid of old clothing that is too damaged or stained beyond repair to be donated, remove any zippers, old trim, or cording.  Then you can cut up the garment for rags without concern of scratching surfaces and you’ll have all those goodies for “free” accents.

So you see, a little thinking ahead and stocking up stash in your sewing basket, sure can pay off in “free” do-dads for your embellishing pleasure!

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