Announcing the 2017 Spring Sew Along – A Rolled Sewing Case

At long last, the 2017 Spring Sew Along is here!
Join us in making a Rolled Sewing Case with an Exclusive Tin Tube made by the craftsman at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.

This rolled sewing case, also called a housewife or huswife, unrolls to reveal a hollow base which can hold spools of thread. The hollow section of this sewing case is large enough to hold period correct spools of thread. When I tested mine, I found it held three small wooden spools, two large wooden spools or one Coats and Clark with one Guttenburg spool.

Using techniques from Fanciful Utility, you choose whether to add a pocket, scissors pocket, needle-pages or other period correct storage spaces to your sewing case.

The base of this sewing case is a hand crafted tin tube and ends made by the tinsmiths at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. The tin tubes are available exclusively through the Genesee Country Village and Museum’s Crafts in the Village program for a donation of $5 each, plus $7.15 Priority shipping. Send requests and donation with shipping to: ATTN Deanna Berkemeier; Genesee Country Village and Museum; 1410 Flint Hill Road; Mumford, NY 14511. Please make check or money orders out to Genesee Country Village with Crafts in the Village in the memo line. Locals can email dberkemeier at GCV dot org to arrange pickup at. 

Please order by March 31st so we can all begin our Sew Along together in April. 

Comment below or message Anna that you will be participating. You may also wish to join the Fanciful Utility Sew Along group on Facebook.

img_20170310_162242.jpgRecommended materials (dimensions given with leeway for cutting.)

  • Your copy of Fanciful Utility
  • Tin Tube Kit from GCVM
  • Exterior material: Leather, oil cloth, painted canvas, wool, tapestry  – 6″ by 12″
  • Interior fabric: Silk taffeta, quilt weight cotton or tropical wool (also for end caps) – 6″by 14″
  • Interior pockets: Silk, leather, cotton as desired
  • Hand full of wool batting
  • 2 yards of 5/8″ cotton sateen ribbon img_20170310_163346.jpg
  • Thin cotton or wool batting. Felted wool will also work. – 6″by 12″
  • Wool flannel or felted wool for needle pages


Published in: on March 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm  Comments (19)  

19 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. So nice – question – where do you buy cotton sateen ribbon?

  2. I would like to participate.

  3. Sign me up! (Do you know if we can order the tin with a friend, to combine and save shipping?)

  4. It is available through The Ribbon Store in Las Vegas ( and eBay) and Needle and Thread in Gettysburg.

  5. Yes. They will be shipped in the smallest flat rate boxes.

  6. Anna, I wish to participate. This is definitely up my alley. 😊


  7. Count me in. I’ll order the tin parts today.

  8. Dori Garbutt would like to join this sew-a-long. =D

  9. I’m in. I’ll be ordering the tin tonight.

  10. This should be fun! I’ll order the tin tonight as well.

  11. 🙂 I have yet to make myself a nice sewing case. I’m in.

  12. I’m in. I’ll check with my SAS ladies to see if they want to join in the fun!

  13. I would like to participate. sounds like fun.

  14. Please include me. Beth Robey

  15. I would love to participate

  16. I’m in. where can I get leather for the outside layer?

  17. Excellent question!
    I got mine from a skirt at a thrift shop.
    I occasionally see some on Etsy as well.

  18. Does anyone have images of painted canvas that would be used for the outside?

  19. Count me in…and thanks for the reminder. I just order my tin tube today.

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