You know how it goes – you're traveling away from home, wearing your favorite shirt/pants/skirt when suddenly a button pops/zipper breaks/seam splits. If only you had a sewing kit!
I'm a big fan of the sewing kit. In fact, I carry a miniature kit in my bag at all times. Whether for yourself or as a gift, putting together a sewing kit is easy and thoughtful. The essential contents of any sewing kit are: safety pins, a few needles, a small selection of extra buttons, a small spool of thread. If there's a little extra room for a small scissors and measuring tape, all the better!
Here are a few cool ways to package your sewing kit (clockwise from top left):
- Make your own sewing kit in a re-purposed Altoids tin. Cover the tin in fabric, collect your sewing supplies, and voila a sewing kit!
- This travel felt sewing kit would make a thoughtful gift. There's a very thorough how-to at sew4home.com that will walk you through the process of making this adorable kitty themed sewing kit.
- Martha Stewart's sewing kit in a jar may not exactly be suited for travel (unless you're packing a steamer trunk for your trip) but it's still a great idea for a sewing kit. Filling an old Mason jar (oh the many, many uses of the Mason jar!) with sewing supplies and adding batting to the lid for a pink cushion creates an all-in-one sewing center.
- I love the concept of Real Simple's sewing kit in a matchbox. If only there were more matchboxes around!