Sew Selfless September: A sewing kit

14 Sep

My sister leaves in two weeks for university, and doesn’t have anything resembling a sewing kit. Not even some black/white thread and a needle. She can definitely hand sew to mend her clothes as she sometimes borrows my stuff to do so. It is also her birthday today, which is a perfect coincidence. I decided to make her a hand-picked sewing kit. I used Truly Myrtle’s Box Bag Tutorial, which I should say upfront was really excellent. It is quite a tricky process (for me as a beginner) and you have to look at the pictures carefully to make sure that you understand as you go along, but it works really well and I was so pleased with the result. I’ll definitely be making another sometime, maybe for my cross-stitch stuff. I was originally going to make the one which I mentioned in this post, however I feel that the box bag offers more opportunity for expansion, and I am hoping that this will be the main kit she uses – the one in that link would be better suited to a travel version. 20140914 Sewing kit_equipment I wanted my bag to be the same dimension as that in the tutorial, so I used:

  • Two pieces of fabric 13.5″x17″ (from fat quarters)
  • Two pieces of interfacing 13″x16.5″ (one heavy, one light)
  • One 14″ white YK zip
  • Scissors, pins, zipper foot, ruler, rotary cutter, cutting mat, white thread, and my SEAM RIPPER

20140914 Sewing kit_closed bag 3 It is not symmetrical as you can see there, however I take comfort in that the line is at least straight so it is ok for it to be off-centre. 20140914 Sewing kit_bag contents 2 I hand-sewed on this ribbon that I got from eBay (only half of those red stitches are mine) You’ll notice that I left off the handle. By that point of the tutorial I had found it so hard (I am a little ill and it was 2am, my fault not that of the tutorial!) that I was convinced that it would be a royal mess when I turned it out, so chose not to add the handle. I regret not adding the handle, as it was one of two really good things about this tutorial (the other being that it is lined and seamless) and I think it would have looked nicer than I thought in my tired state. 20140914 Sewing kit_bag contens full It contains:

  • 6 spools of thread (black, white, red, beige, blue, brass)
  • two needle threaders
  • a thimble
  • safety pins in 4 sizes (36)
  • sew-on snappers (helpful for gaping tops/dresses!)
  • a dressmakers’ measuring tape
  • hemming web
  • a seam ripper
  • 24 needles in a felted needle book which matches the box bag!
  • some nice sewing scissors which my mum has bought her separately

I made the needle book quite quickly out of some scrap fabric – I had been planning to make this really awesome one from Diary of a Crafty Lady, but again was a bit tired and couldn’t face it, but I wouldn’t have had enough matching fabric for it anyway. Maybe I’ll buy a pretty fabric and make her one for Christmas and she can use this one for her pins? 20140914 Sewing kit_needle book closed 20140914 Sewing kit_needle book p1 20140914 Sewing kit_needle book p2 The needle book took about 10 minutes to make and just uses two bits of felt and two bits of fabric. I bought the ‘hook and loop’ (John Lewis brand instead of Velcro) and didn’t realise it was adhesive until I went to use it. I also didn’t realise that you can’t sew through adhesive hook and loop (unless it is the special ‘stick and sew’ kind) until my needle got stuck and subsequently broke. Oops. It was a really simple process. Sew two rectangles of fabric together right sides together, with a small seam allowance all around, leaving an inch un-sewn to turn it right side out. Turn it right side out, iron it, and top stitch around the edges. Sew the two pieces of felt onto the book with a line completely down the centre of the fabric and felt, and iron it folded so that it holds that shape easier. Attach two pieces of hook and loop, and it’s done!

20140914 Sewing kit_maythethoughts

I am giving it to her alongside my favourite book, a collection from a London artist from (a personalised signed copy!)

With this post I am two-thirds of my way through my Sew Selfless September pledge. Jess of the Sometimes Sewist  set up Sew Selfless September to encourage us all to sew for others this month. I pledged to make items for three people: my sister-in-law (posted here), my sister (this post), and my boyfriend (which won’t be easy, but I have some ideas – watch this space).


14 Responses to “Sew Selfless September: A sewing kit”

  1. Oh Sew Tempting 14/09/2014 at 10:39 #

    It’s lovely. I’m sure you’re sister will think of you every time she uses it :-)

    • Creative Saturdays 14/09/2014 at 13:38 #

      Thank you! I gave it to her earlier today and she loves it – my mum has also bought her a vintage chocolate tin which she can use for buttons once she has eaten them all, which is an awesome addition :)

  2. Natalie 14/09/2014 at 13:25 #

    This is such a thoughtful idea! I might just have to pinch it :-)

    • Creative Saturdays 14/09/2014 at 13:39 #

      Thank you! And it definitely fits into the idea of Sew Selfless September :) It’s a really satisfying project. I had planned to make another type of kit originally – which I have now included a link to near the top of my post – which you might also be interested in depending on how the kit will be used. I look forward to seeing your creation! :)

  3. That would be a handy present for many people. My sister was using her sewing box that she had in school (it was a box, literally). I had to give her something better! I am sure your’s will be well appreciated!

  4. LubbyGirl 15/09/2014 at 13:27 #

    That looks like the dopp kit (hubby calls it a ditty bag) I made for him a few years ago. At probably 2 a.m. also! :-) That fabric is really pretty. Glad your sis loved it!!

  5. Lyric 20/09/2014 at 00:14 #

    How thoughtful of you to do this for your sister. How exciting for her entering another phase of life.



  6. atelieroursonne 21/09/2014 at 06:54 #

    What a lovely idea. And I love Sew Selfeless September… I think I am accidentally doing it as I have only made things for other people :)

  7. theresastevens 23/09/2014 at 21:44 #

    What a great idea! I’m going to remember this for my college-bound family members. :)

  8. 27/09/2014 at 16:54 #

    How resourceful of you – I wish someone had gifted me something like this when I first left home. Beautifully made and full of love too, I am sure your sister will treasure it.

  9. Sophie 28/09/2014 at 12:24 #

    Love this idea! I might try this for my sister when she goes to college next year!


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