Sara and I bought these fun little faux wicker baskets at Target over the weekend. They were only $5.99 and we thought they would be pretty cute along side our sewing machines, full of needful things.
They did not come with the snazzy little cloth liners--I made those from a fat quarter when I got home. I just measured the bottom and sides of the basket and cut out the fat quarter accordingly. The bottom measured 7 1/4" x 9 1/4". The sides were two strips 7 1/4" long by 5 1/4" tall, and two strips 9 1/4" long by 5 1/4" tall. I sewed the sides together to make a rectangle and pressed and stitched the top hem down about 1/4". Then I attached the sides to the bottom, fitted it into the basket and folded the top over the edges of the basket. Easy peasy.
We plan to fill these with the items we tend to grab most often and keep them ready, right by the sides of our sewing machines. Here is what mine looks like all filled up.
A divided pencil cup (also from Target) which holds my extra glasses, sharp little scissors, Pigma marking pen, ruler, seam gauge, and a funny little daisy pin cushion that just looks cute in there. I could put my seam ripper in there as well, but the ones I like to use are so short they disappear. I need to dig out my wooden finger presser and stiletto and put them in there as well.
The little wooly pin cushion I use to hold my U pins.
A little bag of hard candies. These have been unexpectedly popular, and I think they will figure heavily into my future. My sister gave them to me in a Grandmother's Survival Kit she made up for me. Turns out the things that Grandma needs to survive are also essential for the well stocked sewing basket. Here are some other goodies she put in the Kit that are must haves in my basket:
Not as exciting as the Grandma's Survival items: Special feet for my Bernina that I reach for often (open toe applique & zipper foot), those little seam rippers I like, extra bobbins (filled and unfilled) in old prescription bottles, extra needles, and the "key guide" for my Angler 2.
So, what did I leave out? What's in your next-to-the-machine sewing kit?