In the mid-1950s, my mother had a neighbor craftsman build sewing boxes for my sister and me as a present for our December birthdays. The lid of the box had wooden handles that held scissors and a black hexagon shaped felt piece to serve as a pin cushion. The felt has solidified over the years so I have added several pin cushions held in place with velcro which probably didn’t exist in those days. The lower box has spindles along each edge to hold spools of thread and a wooden holder designed for 2 thimbles. It continues to sit beside my sewing machine, lid always open, with everything I might need right at hand. There are many more sewing tools available now, including a magnetic pin dish, so it is loaded to its hinges! The sewing box has served its purpose for more years than I care to calculate!