It's easy to make a small sewing kit that contains all of your essential sewing accessories. A zippered pouch makes it easy to take your bits and pieces to a sewing day, or just to keep them neat and tidy at home.
I recently made up a sewing kit for someone who's relatively new to sewing. I've been so happy with the Open Wide Pouches I've made in the last couple of months...
... and so, once again, I've used Noodlehead's Open Wide Pouch Tutorial.
Each time I make an open wide pouch, I vary the dimensions to alter the shape of the finished bag. This time I started with two rectangles 10" x 8" and made the boxed corners 3½". When making the bag measure 1¾" from each corner.
For added structure, I added Vilene H640 fusible fleece, so it can stand by itself, whether open or closed.
Every new sewist has to have a needle case or needle book. It's been a long time since I've made a needle book - too many to count, but my needle book was made in the 60s. It's most definitely seen better days, but it's still in use. My Mum has the needle case I hand stitched at school and I have an even older one that Mum made at school.
Having totally forgotten how I made mine, I looked around for free tutorials, adding them to my Sewing Accessories Pinterest board...
- Folk Art Needle Case - Mini Tutorial
- Needle Book Tutorial
- Quilted Needle Case Tutorial
- Needle Keeper
- Needle Book
- Scrappy Needle Keeper Tutorial
- Felt Needle Case Tutorial
... and ended up not using any of them. Most of them had soft covers, whereas I wanted one with a hardish cover, like my original. I used a cardboard like interfacing to achieve the effect I was after. If I make another one, I'll take photos along the way.
The pages were originally a woollen jumper (sweater), which I felted a couple of years ago.
I totally forgot about a closure for the needle case until it was too late. I'd rather start again, than unpick when I've finished, so I improvised with a strap from an old aerobics costume. It does the job.
A pin cushion is a must for a sewing kit. Again, I looked for free tutorials...
- Selvedge Pin Cushion
- Strawberry Stitches Pin Cushion Tutorial
- Scrappy Valentines Pin Cushion Tutorial
- Two Sided Magnetic Pin Cushion Tutorial
- Quick Pieced Pin Cushion Tutorial
- Pretty Pin Cushion
- Patchwork Pin Cushion
- Embroidered Patchwork Pin Cushion Tutorial
... but decided I'd do quick and simple - Two pieces of fabric sewn together, filled with polyester filling. I came across lots of discussions as to the best stuffing for a pin cushion. Many people believe polyester blunts the pins, but that's what I ended up going with. My existing pin cushion is 25 + years old and has polyester filling and I can't say I've encountered any problems. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Of course I bought a container of pins for the sewing kit - glass headed. I also added sewing needles, various threads and a small pair of sharp scissors.
Thanks to Margie, for telling me about Alan's Pen Making. As well as pens, they make beautiful seam rippers. I bought two - one for the sewing kit and one for me. One end is a regular seam ripper and the second is a large blade - perfect for unpicking jeans.
Of course I could have added more sewing accessories, such as a tape measure (the recipient already has one) and Clover Wonder Clips. What would you add to a sewing kit for someone new to sewing?
As the Felt Houses fabric comes from Spoonflower, I thought it ideal for making a sewing kit. When she was 12 years old, Julia Monroe created an art work, comprising felt houses on burlap (hessian), glued to a laundry detergent box. 40 years later, she scanned the original artwork and had it printed at Spoonflower. How cool is that?
Looking for custom made sewing kits...
- Sewing Case Tutorial
- Travel Sewing Kit
- Sewing Class Roll
- Sewing Portfolio Organiser
- Simple Sewing Companion
- Sewing Organiser for Needlework
When I attend a three day quilting retreat later this month, I'll be using my Free Motion Embroidered Open Wide Pouches as a way to carry my sewing bits and pieces. Mine won't stand up like a fabric basket, though.