Decorated Singer Button Box and Spool Holder
The spool holder and button box from a 1938 Singer sewing machine were decorated and the button box transformed into a lovely button flower garden. This completed the refurbishing of the machine and its original cabinet. Let us show you how.
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After restoring a 1938 vintage Singer sewing machine and cabinet, I decorated the button box and spool holder that came with it.
Total Time: 3 hours
- craft paint
- mod podge
- decals or computer printouts
- wooden spools
- small flowers
- To make the spool display, use old wooden spools and add a decal on the ends. (I googled spool stickers and printed and cut them out, punched a hole, and glued them onto the end of the spool.) If you don't have old spools, you could cut them out of wood with a lathe like my husband did.
- For the button box, I decorated it with buttons and printed out "decals" from the computer. I mod podged the decals onto the front and sides of the box. I even found a small "thread" button in my collection and glued it to the thread label on the front.
- Next it was time to make the button garden in the inside of the button box. First, I sorted through my collection of buttons and put some designs together. Then, using wire, I threaded the wire through the buttons, added a spacer and a smaller button to hold everything in place. Then, I twisted the wire together and pressed it into the foam. I found beaded "leaves" at a little sewing outlet store and added them to the arrangement. Last I covered the foam with moss.
- Using one of the larger wooden spools, I painted it, added a printed thread label on one end, and decorated it with flowers and trim. This one I placed on the top of a vintage sewing machine we restored.
- Here is my button garden! The button box and the spools were attached to the side of an antique vintage sewing machine we recently restored.
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