While helping my mom clean out her basement, we came across memories and junk. Amongst the chaos, I did come away with some fine gems – one being my grandmother’s train case. Since my grandmother doesn’t want it, it came home with me. I already have a vintage Samsonite train case I use for travel, but I was reluctant to let this go. There’s something so classy about carrying one of these cases, all your items safely tucked away inside and I wanted to hold onto that old-timey era. So, I thought about how I could reuse it.
Then it came to me – why not use it as my sewing case? There’s a plastic tray that sit on top that is perfect for dividing little tools and accessories.
Pins and measuring tape fit neatly inside the tray. I reused a pretty soap tin for bobbins and sewing machine components.
Underneath the tray, I store reused old 1960s industrial button boxes to hold my buttons. Also, below the tray are my scissors, thread and reused skincare glass jars for button snaps, etc.
Inside the Chinese Moon Cake tin, I store smaller spools of thread.
I’m quite happy that I decided to reuse this train case in an unconventional way. It makes it a fun way to store things and it’s large enough that I can keep everything in one place if I continue to add to it. Best of all, it looks very pretty and chic on my bookshelf.