1.5" x 6.5" x 4.5
My grandson is going away to college and needed a sewing kit. I volunteered to make one for him. Since my daughter does not sew AT ALL and was resistant all her life to learning how to sew, I volunteered. I knew I could do the job more cheaply than she could. She would have bought the $12 sewing kit and called it good.
The little pouch above came from a yard sale. Lots of medical and homebound items were for sale. I found this, a travel kit for diabetics for a quarter. YAY!
Here it is empty. I put something in each of the little clear pockets on the inside to make them more visible. The little flap to the right is actually a zippered pouch.
Prym purchased sewing kit, repackaged
The one item I could not find sold separately was the needle threader, bottom left. So, I purchased this kit, now taken apart and repackaged. I don't know if the thread is good quality. We will see. The little pack of three needles may not be the best. The whole kit was $1.47, not bad. If I had found the threader in stock, it would have been $1.
The alternative to the thread situation was going to be to purchase a package of plastic bobbins and fill them with thread. I know my thread is good quality.
The needles in the red, shiny paper came with the kit. The embroidery needles to the
right left (shoot, if I only knew my right from my left!) are mine. I took four and put them in a paper in the middle to share with him. Why did I give him embroidery needles? First, they are sharps, so they will sew through fabric. Secondly, and most importantly, they have large eyes to help him with threading. Of course, if he uses the needle threader, he will need to have larger eyes to make even that job easier.
seam ripper and nippers
I could get along quite nicely without either of these or only one. But, he gets the benefit of the doubt and the seam ripper to pick all the extra threads from a button that pops off. The thread nippers can cut thread when he needs to thread the needle or to cut the thread after he is through sewing.
Either of these will do the job of the other. Plus, I keep cuticle nippers on me all the time. If I were making a sewing kit for me, both of the above tools would be extra baggage. Or, I could choose just one. This man boy has never sewn anything.
2' x 4" zip lock bags
Since I needed some of these bags anyway, I don't count the $2 as a cost for the sewing kit.
needle threader on my camera case for easy viewing
Okay, if you don't know how a needle threader works, this is for you. Hold the needle in left hand, poke the little wire into the needle eye. Put thread through the wire protruding from the other side of the eye. Pull the threader back through the needle and you have a threaded needle. VOILA! I learned to sew by hand when I was four and never owned or saw one of these until I was in Home Economics in the 10th grade and other girls had a threader. I only used one for needlepoint floss when I was much older.
buttons and safety pins
I own two pint jars full of buttons of all kinds. But, do you think I can find either of them? NO.
Resorting to cutting the extra button off a shirt I own is the best I can do. Probably, the button jars are packed away and sealed in a box. However, surely there is a button in every drawer...lol. There will be more buttons and more safety pins. I have some 2" x 2" bags I may put these in later.
filled sewing kit
All the thread is on one side in a clear pocket. Nippers and seam ripper are on the other side, along with instructions saying how the seam ripper can remove threads left behind when a button falls off. The zippered pocket holds the bag with needles and the needle threader. Loose in the middle of the case are the bags holding the buttons and the bag with safety pins.
Hopefully, this is a good system. Stuff loose in a container would work for me. Who knows what he will drop.
I will add straight pens with large colored heads and more buttons and larger safety pins. But, basically, this kit is complete and usable as is. I might add a six inch ruler.
So, it is done and cost me less than $2.
Since he has never experienced losing a needle while sewing, I put a silver thread in each needle and knotted it. He will have to remember to leave a bit of thread in the needle when he is through sewing so he won't drop it and find a needle with the sole of his foot or stuck into his body. We learn this lesson quickly. Right? I used silver because it was in the cake tin I was looking for pins and white thread was not in there.
Did I leave out anything a beginner might use? Have you had to put together a sewing kit? Sue, I know your answer...lol.