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    Finding a lidded sewing basket

    I had looked today at Joann and Hobby Lobby for a sewing basket with a lid to keep scissors, pins, etc in but came up empty handed. Any ideas for good places online to look? I'd really like a new one, not used.

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    I have several from Joann's check their website you probably can them find there.

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    Not sure how much you want to spend but I love my reproduction shaker sewing box. I have had it for over 10 years and it is still going strong. I also have a pin cushion that is set in a round shaker box.

    http://www.shakerworkshops.com/catal...-Carrier/11M41
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    My mom got me one for Christmas and said she found it at Joann. Maybe ask someone if it's seasonal or can be ordered?

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    Longaberger baskets are what you want!! I have two with lids and handles that I use for keeping my sewing items (scissors, pins, needles, fabric, etc.) in them. I keep one next to my chair in the living room. One is medium, and one is larger, but not too large at all - not like a picnic basket, more like purse sizes. They are kind of expensive, but they are so worth it. Go here and you will see the one I bought for $54, 5th row down, 1st in row. Mine have handles on them. If you click on that one and go to the bottom of the page, you will see some more with handles on them. I'm not sure if that one has handles. It doesn't look like it does. You would definitely want handles. Two handles usually. They are awesome for what you want to use them for!! http://www.ebay.com/sch/Baskets-/39612/i.html

    Just type in: Longaberger baskets with lids and handles in ebay's search bar and a few will show up. The middle one in the top row is similar to the ones I have. They are not lined, but being a quilter, you could line it if you need to. I like mine fine without being lined. And then there is Amazon to check out. But Longaberger is high quality baskets! That's what you want. They are like Amish type baskets. Made very durable! I've had mine for years and years and they are perfect still! You could type in 'Longaberger baskets with lids and handles for sale' in the Google search engine and probably find lots of them. Sorry this is so long. I became so excited that I was able to share about these baskets!
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    Why not make one???

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    I did some searching about Longaberger baskets and they are VERY EXPENSIVE!!! The one I showed you on ebay is a steal!! I'd grab that at $55! Go here and see the one on the top row at the end. It's the big one I have and I didn't pay $170 when I bought it. http://www.thefind.com/kitchen/brows...page=5&local=0 They go up in price as they age. You go to 'Longaberger' parties, like 'Mary Kay' parties and buy them. Very desirable. Last forever. You can get plastic inserts for them. Probably expensive! Probably why I don't have them. But I almost want to buy the one on ebay for $55. What a good price! Except I already have two. Can't have enough, though! Amazon doesn't have any with lids and handles, already checked for you. Actually I have three; one is a picnic basket. I store kits in it.
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    I bought a couple of old time wicker picnic baskets and they work great. Of course I got them at thrift store so they were used but you may be able to find new ones. They sure have lots of room.
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    Try Hancock Fabrics if there is one near you.

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    I made one for my grandaughter use a dollar tree bucket and covered a cardboard piece for the top. Added a pin cushion for a handle
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    Attachment 386114Oops here is the picture of it

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    Try Ebay or maybe your local thrift shop...I found a very lovely one at a second hand store...good luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beckyboo1 View Post
    I had looked today at Joann and Hobby Lobby for a sewing basket with a lid to keep scissors, pins, etc in but came up empty handed. Any ideas for good places online to look? I'd really like a new one, not used.
    I use a the Longaberger picnic basket for a sewing basket. They have all kinds of baskets with lids.

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    If you go to nextag and put in "sewing basket," they come up with the lowest price first. Nextag is a shopping website.

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    I Love the Janet Baskets and you can buy the lids extra, google Janet Baskets and see what you come up with. JoAnn's does have them online. I have one of the large and going to get two more.
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    I have the blue one pictured. And it's on sale!

    http://www.joann.com/square-sewing-b...2-/xprd315899/

    It has a tray inside, lots of room for spools of thread and a pin cushion on the inside of the lid.

    I love mine, especially when I hand sew in the living room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Not sure how much you want to spend but I love my reproduction shaker sewing box. I have had it for over 10 years and it is still going strong. I also have a pin cushion that is set in a round shaker box.

    http://www.shakerworkshops.com/catal...-Carrier/11M41
    In the seventies, I got involved with decoupage and macreme. In one of my classes, we used baskets to make purses. I even lined mine with quilted fabric. Decoupaged a spray of daisies on the lid and "antiqued it." Used navy Rub and Buff on the wood slats. It's still around and houses some of my threads. I'm thinking that it would make me a great sewing basket. Need to put in elastic or something around the inside edges to slip the scissors, etc, into. Or little pockets.
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    You made me go look, thank you. JoAnn's has the Janet Baskets' on sale 1/2 price and a free shipping coupon until Tuesday. I just ordered 4, I really love them. They are so easy to carry from one place to another.
    Gwenzie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chasing Hawk View Post
    I have the blue one pictured. And it's on sale!

    http://www.joann.com/square-sewing-b...2-/xprd315899/

    It has a tray inside, lots of room for spools of thread and a pin cushion on the inside of the lid.

    I love mine, especially when I hand sew in the living room.
    Is this basket big enough to put an 8 inch pair of scissors in and a rotary cutter in?

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    I got mine from Hancock Fabrics. Might check their website.
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    Go to Sears or Home Depot and get a plastic tool box - Mine is 14 x 18 x 3. Compartments can be customized to hold scissors, and everything else. I keep ALL my sewing stuff in this box and it is instantly portable for transport to quilt sessions, workshops, and my other sewing room. Many in my quilt guild now have the same system. I have a second box for all my threads. Wouldn't even consider returning to the old style "sewing box."

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    Lidded baskrt

    You could check out flea markets for picnic baskets and make your own liner. They are usually pretty reasonable.

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    I have an old "makeup" suitcase. It has a tray for all the little stuff, bottom holds all my favorite spools and patterns, the inside pockets hold scissors, rotories, rulers, etc. I haul this to retreats and everyone just loves the idea. Also, I have made a "book" using a large crazy oblong square with padding and the inside has crazy square shaped pockets for the seam ripper, small scissors, tape measures, needles, bandaids and one square has been cushioned for pins. A pretty ribbon closes it up. I am creating another with big pockets with flaps for rotories, small cutting mat and small rulers. For the big stuff, another created bag the size of my 18x22 mat (which is glued to a thin piece of plywood with padding attached on the backside for a pressing mat. This bag has pockets for 24" rulers and other "big" stuff. It closes with 2 very long zippers. I can grab my gear and be out of the house to retreat in about 10 minutes. Get creative!

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    Would you be interested in making your own? "Lacelady" has a very nice tute here on the board. "Fabric covered needlework box" It is quite nice, and could be adjusted for size. I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon going thru the whole thread. I plan to make one soon.

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    I see baskets with lids and a handle all the time at Joanns. The one I have is a black basket with a black and white Toile padded fabric top. They have them on sale often or you can use a coupon for one if it's not on sale already. Maybe your Joanns ran out of them. They are usually very easy to find there. I was at Joanns yesterday and walked right by some.

    I've even seen them at Walmart in their sewing department if your store still carries sewing supplies.

    You don't have to spend a fortune on a sewing basket. You can put the money to better use...like more fabric stash. lol

    Found some all fabric ones but their website shows many more than this.

    http://www.joann.com/square-sewing-b...2-/xprd315858/
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