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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Vintage Sewing Machine Drawer Repurposed into a Christmas Planner

I have always depended on a planner to help keep me organized .....especially during the Christmas holidays.     In the past I have used a plain bound planner,   but I decided this Christmas season I would use something a little different.    I had so much fun creating a custom Christmas Planner to use over the holidays     Handmade is always the best....don't you think!

I gave it some thought and decided that my desk in the utility room would be the best place to keep my planner.    This is where I put my makeup on and do my hair every morning,   so I can multi task by making notes at the same time.

My Christmas Planner is what you might describe as deconstructed since it isn't bound.....

I can easily pull out only the section that I need.....Food.....Gifts.....Shopping.....

In addition to the sections in the front of the vintage sewing machine drawer,    I have 2 metal envelopes in the back of the drawer.     You can't have too many little compartments to put stuff in can you! 

Here's how my Christmas Planner drawer looks from the side.

The first section I created is for food.....Recipe cards, meal planning,  and grocery lists.

The next section is for my Handmade gift's ,,,,,,I have a sheet to list who I plan to make gifts for.  

 I put pockets on the cards I made to store my Handmade tags in.    I love the personal touch that my tags will add to the gift

I have a couple of different sheets to make notes on.      I have a card list and an Email list too  

I have a Shopping list and I made a card to put my Receipts in......

I have a November & December calendar in my Christmas Planner.......

I plan to make some of the Christmas cards I'm gong to send out,  so I have prints in both of the metal envelopes in my sewing drawer.    I know just who I plan to send a card with the cute little doggy on it!

I'm glad I still have plenty of room in my Christmas Planner because I just realized that I need to create a sheet to list who I need to buy gifts for and what I want to get them!!!!!   I will add that sheet to the section that has my shopping list and receipt envelope.

Where do I get all my prints that I used in my Christmas Planner.....well.   most of them came from Kerryanne's currant and past Handmade Club 

A few are from Pinterest and some came from my personal stash!

In a couple of weeks I will complete the holiday feel in this room by adding a few simple touches of Christmas to the existing back soon to share how it looks when I'm finished!



  1. Hey Penny,
    Your Christmas planner is so beautiful!!
    Also the prints the are amazing I also have them from Kerryanne the are every month so beautiful and now the Christmas kit wow I love it!!
    May I please ask you from where you have the print with te bulldog please, and what do you bring in on Pinterest to find beautiful prints for Christmas please??
    Mvg gina Belgium 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🤗

  2. That is a sweet idea and I have to admit, the FIRST Christmas item I've even showed interest in so far. It's really cute and I happen to have several sewing machine drawers!!!! Hmmmmmm!

  3. This is so beautiful and such a great repurpose! I adore the lovely vintage images that take me right back to my childhood.

  4. I love the deconstructed planner! I am going to make one for each season and a special on for Christmas! It is the best project I have seen in ages!

  5. That is so cute penny, because there is never enough storage/organization.

  6. This is SO pretty, and what a great reuse for an old drawer. Love it!

  7. I laughed do your hair and put make-up on????Whatever for...grins. Cute idea, planning is something I do mentally until it gets down to brass tacks. With the pandemic...we need to be 'fluid', so overplanning, might just be OVER planning and Kaphoo-ied. Grins...and so it goes, Sandi

  8. That is precious. You are always magical.

  9. Planners sure help me also and how nice when you have one that is pretty and fits your decor! :)

  10. This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing on our Linky Party!

  11. What a lovely way to be organised for Christmas, Penny! This is such a clever and beautiful idea. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

  12. Wow, you are so organized! I love all the vintage-inspired ephemera and your lovely cards. The metal envelopes were a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  13. What a beautiful way to repurpose a vintage sewing machine drawer. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

  14. So pretty, Penny!
    I can't believe it's time to start whipping out the Christmas stuff already, ah! Have fun decorating and I can't wait to see what else you decorate this year for the Christmas season.

    Thanks for linking up with us at the Embracing Home and Family linkup party!


  15. Penny, I like how your Christmas planner/antique sewing box turned out! Great repurpose for a lovely box too beautiful to throw away... <3 Happy to feature your post at Share Your Style #280 this evening.

    Happy decorating and I love how your laundry room turned out,
    Barb :)

  16. Penny, I love your idea of a "deconstructed planner." And you've made it all look so lovely!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  17. Oh Penny, I love how you made my deconstructed planner. It fits so perfectly into your beautifully decorated sewing machine box. What a beauty to have sitting on your desk in the utility room throughout the festive season.
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring your Christmas sewing machine drawer at tonight's party and pinning too.

  18. Penny,
    Love your Christmas planner.....Pretty papers..
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!


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