Can you remember those sewing machines our mothers and grandmothers owned, which were usually constructed into sewing tables that had about two or three sewing boxes that could be pulled out and pushed in, in the same direction?
Looking back, those wooden boxes contained a variety of sewing accessories, the most common being bobbins, a magnet bar holding random pins, a tailor’s chalk, and spools of threads. Nowadays, you’ll rarely find those sewing machines in demand because of their near-immovability, and even sewing tables with sewing boxes fail the comfort test if you decide to travel with only your sewing accessories. It is for that purpose that portable sewing boxes or baskets exist.
A sewing box affords you the convenience of carrying most or all of your accessories for sewing from one place to another. Not only that; it is also an organiser, taking away the stress of searching for very small items such as pins and needles. Even more delightful is the invention of boxes stocked with sewing paraphernalia sold together, especially to beginners who are undecided on the most important sewing kit to always keep in their sewing rooms.
Whether you sew for a living or are a sewing hobbyist, there is a sewing box for you. Ideally, a regular sewer would need a flexible box with several compartments which, when opened, reveals the accessories to be fished out quickly. Conversely, a sewing hobbyist or beginner may like a basket containing partitioned trays where handy sewing tools are arranged according to their forms and sizes.
The question is, can you choose efficiently, the best sewing box for you from the thousands marketed everywhere, including in flea markets? That’s why we thought it wise to review for you, the ten sewing boxes among the bestselling at the moment. Since you’re already here, why not read to the end to see our top three picks?
Top 10 Best Sewing Boxes and Baskets
Hobby Gift Wooden Cantilever 3 Tier Sewing Box
Not to be mistaken for the cantilever in bridge construction, the presence of cantilevers on this box enables it to open freely like an accordion, exposing all six compartments in 3 tiers: top, middle, and bottom. The Hobby Gift Wooden Cantilever Sewing Box is worth every penny spent on it by sewers who desire a durable box with lots of segmented spaces.
The top two compartments in the box are 3.5cm deep, and can accommodate up to 18 standing reels of threads while the bottom four compartments, 4.5cm deep, take about 50 of such threads. This sewing box requires no hassles of painting since it has been coated in a rich clear varnish. More so, the legs can be detached by unscrewing them anytime they are no more needed by you.
Prym Sewing Box
Made of lightweight rubberwood, the Prym Sewing Box is a solid organiser you could rely on for the speedy reach of your sewing kits. You will be particularly thrilled with its gently varnished surface, which makes the box smooth and satisfying to touch.
Featuring a concertina mechanism, the Prym Sewing Box opens up 3 compartments at a go, all spacious for storage and well proportioned for a balanced position.
DDXTJ-DMM Wooden Sewing Basket
Here is the first sewing box in this review carrying essential sewing accessories.
Beginners will find the DDXTJ-DMM Basket a lifesaver as it contains neatly arranged items of superb quality, including black and white threads, a sharp, nicely-carved pair of stainless steel scissors, needles, a seam ripper, a thimble, and a tape measure. It’s a practical box of exquisite design, worthy as a gift for teens as well as the elderly.
Groves MRM/137 Sewing Basket
If you’re looking for a compact box for your baby girl who is eager to learn how to sew, you’ll love this graceful polka-dotted grey basket. Measuring 7.48×10.24×5.91 inches, the MRM/137 is the equivalent of a shoebox with a handle, and has no issues fitting into an average cupboard.
It opens fluidly to show accessory trays methodically placed for organising sewing tools. Under the holders is a space for such things like chewing gums and snacks for light sewing breaks.
Hobby Gift Sewing Box
Be attracted to the colourful body of the pretty Hobby Gift Sewing Box, with cheerful patterns of sewing bees, cactus plant pots and sewing accessories.
Displaying a wide interior of 21×28×17cm, be rest assured that this box is roomy enough to take in all of your sewing essentials. In addition, there’s a separate layer specifically for smaller items like bobbins. Lining the lid of the box is a pincushion for pins, and a stretchy pocket for crochet hooks and seam rippers.
Korbond Twin Lid Nightly Forest Sewing Basket
No advanced sewer should ignore this adorable basket of impressive workmanship. Measuring 17×31×24cm, it holds ample space inside for your sewing, quilting, and knitting accessories. Also, it has twin built-in lids that, when both are lifted, show the box’s massive interior. There are two handles attached to the box for maximum lifting comfort, though it weighs light at 1.28kg.
D&D Sewing Kit Basket
The bright-red polka dotted D&D Sewing Kit Basket is delivered with sewing accessories and still has sufficient room for other extras you want to store. The most interesting feature on this beautiful sewing box is the tidy arrangement of the trays and accessories pre-delivery. This means that you can locate needed items in this box in a matter of glances.
Relaxdays XL Bamboo Sewing Box
We love the bamboo build of this box, implying that no endangered tree was felled to produce it. Another endearing attribute is its extra-large space in 9 compartments for keeping numerous sewing and non-sewing items.
It’s exciting to know that this featherlight box weighing 1.9kg, was skillfully crafted, and could serve as a luxury jewellery container. Note that the drawers on the Relaxday XL Sewing Box are tightly screwed. As such, you need to loosen them a bit for smooth sliding movement.
Rosenice Wooden Sewing Box
Measuring 14.8×13.5×7.5cm, the Rosenice Wooden Sewing Box is a cute little box bought with sewing essentials of giveaway quality, suitable for your young child who has a budding interest in sewing.
We like that it’s small enough to fit into areas with limited storage space. Also, this box weighs a mere 0.416kg and can be painlessly lifted with only one hand.
BBTradesales Pine Sewing Box
By delivering it with an imperfect finish, the manufacturers of the BB Tradesales Pine Sewing Box granted users the cherished privilege of customising their box with paints and drawing. When fully opened, the box reveals an expansive interior for storage purposes.
However, you may not conveniently see the hidden parts of the drawers constrained by the beams supporting the box. The actual L×W×H measurement of the box is 30×15.5×15.5cm; we recommend it for the safekeeping of sewing items used occasionally.
Here are our 3 top picks from the ten best sewing boxes reviewed:
The Hobby Gift Cantilever 3 Tier Sewing Box
We rate this sewing box for its solid, near-perfect quality and value for money. It is built to last for long even with frequent use. Additionally, its spaciousness gives a sewer the liberty to organise as many sewing accessories as possible without the fear of the box filling up quickly.
No curious toddler can easily access the content of this box because the lid is quite secured with magnetic catches. With this box, say goodbye to the jumbled arrangement of your sewing essentials.
Hobby Gift Sewing Box
This sewing box stands out for its elegant and bright design. The patterns adorning the box reminds us of the reason why it was bought – for happy sewing. Apart from the tray for arranging sewing utensils, you can stash away your valuables in the space underneath the tray. The contents of the box are safe once you engage its magnetic snap.
Relaxdays XL Bamboo Sewing Box
Beginners and advanced sewers will love everything about this box. First off, the manufacturers chose an economical plant which remains abundant in our world for hundreds of years to come. Hopefully.
Secondly, the sturdy bamboo used in crafting this box is potentially long-lasting and ideal for regular use. Then, there are the 9 enormous compartments in 2 tiers, wide enough to swallow up all your sewing accessories and still ask for more. However, it’s surprising that with all these awesome features, this box weighs just a light 1.9kg.
Often, the importance of a sewing box is underestimated until the need to travel light arises.
Though you may decide to make do with any handbag or disposable container for your sewing essentials, don’t you think it’s better to save yourself the frustration in searching for a mischievous pin in a bag/container? Waste no more time to order for your sewing box. You’ll soon find out why you should have owned one earlier.