A housewife is portable sewing kit that was popular during Civil War times. Women made them for their husbands, sons, and brothers to take to war so they could make repairs on their clothing as necessary.
A month or two ago Starwood Quilter shared photos and wrote about a housewife she'd made. I wanted to share photos of my own housewife and tell how I came to have it.
Many years ago we were at a Civil War reenactment at the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Village. There were several sutlers there with reproduction items for sale. My young daughter saw this housewife and we looked it over. I decided it would be too small for my little scissors and forgot about it.
It measures about 8" long and 4" wide. It has 2 pockets that have small pleats so they can expand to hold items that are a little bulky, such as spools, a thimble, a little tin of pins, etc. It also has a piece of flannel stitched at the bottom for pins and needles. I usually have a threaded needle there waiting to work on whatever project I have in progress.
I started to "collect" housewives and will add more as I find ones I like. Google images shows many images of housewives. There is a tutorial and a pattern for making a slightly larger housewife at Victorian Sewing.
Do you have a housewife or do you have some other convenient way of transporting sewing tools when you want to work on a project while you're travelling?