Sewing is good for cold nights indoors, relaxing, and saving money, and allows you to feel productive, creative, and self-reliant. One of my new year's resolutions is to stop bringing little things to the dry cleaner (or to my mom) for mending, hemming, patching, or button replacement. I used to do all of this on my own, before getting "too busy," but with a newly stocked sewing kit full of threads, needles and buttons, getting back in control is possible. Not to mention if you're feeling crafty, it can be the starting point of much bigger projects.
My "kit" is very loosely put together: in an old needlepoint bag that used to hold my grandmother's yarn, I keep
the basics, along with an embroidery kit which I get into when the mood strikes (like most crafting, it is a great relaxing, yet productive, activity.). Here, a few vintage kits found on eBay that might prove inspirational, useful, or both: