Sewing Kit-To-Go! Keep Your Clothes in Tip-Top Shape

To-Go-Kit Series

#3 Sewing

Got travel plans?

I usually travel around my birthday at the beginning of April. Unfortunately this year, I wasn’t able to, but, if I had, no question I would have had everything packed just so. I absolutely hate to be without what I need while I’m traveling, simply because I failed to plan. A spontaneous traveler, I am not.

But it is possible to keep on top of the packing situation by keeping a few things already put together, that way, all you have to do is slip them into your luggage because the difficult part is already done!

So, in the hyper-organized vein, we’re going to dive into the third installment of the To-Go-Kit series with a perfect Sewing Kit. I’m even going to give you a couple of options, so you can be sure you’re taking only what you need to keep your wardrobe in pristine shape while you’re jet setting around.

For shopping purposes, make sure you check out series posts one, Office-To-Go, and two, Clothing Care-To-Go, for great ideas and tips about where to get the items you’ll need. In addition to the usual suspects (Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc.), you’ll want to check fabric or craft stores that carry sewing accouterments like JoAnn Fabrics, and you likely could find much of what you’ll need there, as well.

 

For the first option, I found one that was already very compactly put together. This little Sewing Kit from Clover was at a closeout store (Tuesday Morning) in the craft section for three or four dollars, but you can also buy one at Amazon here for $7.

sewing3It’s 3-1/8” tall, 1-3/4” wide, and almost ¾” thick. Its lid hinges open to a removable insert. The case is a heavy duty but lightweight plastic, and the insert fits nicely. On side one it has: one pair of scissors and one pair of tweezers,

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and on side two: one needle threader, one medium sized safety pin, one smaller safety pin, and three needles.

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Each side of the bottom has a small white button, and the very bottom has a four color thread selection, black, white, navy, and taupe-y gray wound around an attached, twisting spool.

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This would be ideal for a solo traveler, or a weekend getaway. It’s well made, refillable, and appears to be sturdy enough to last more than a few years.

The second option is one I’ve put together myself. I’ll walk you through it, link where available, and towards the end of the post, I’ll show you a d-i-y project for an item I didn’t even bother to look for in a store, as I already had all of the things to make what I wanted.

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I found the box at The Container Store for $2 in the travel container section. It’s listed as a double sided pill box, but it’s just right to hold all of your travel sewing needs. If you aren’t near a Container Store, or prefer to do your shopping online, you can grab one here.

When closed, this box measures 4” long, 2-1/2” wide, and 1-1/4” thick. It’s made of nice, sturdy plastic and opens to 8-1/4” long, 2-1/2” wide, and 5/8” wide. On one side, it has one large undivided compartment,sewing10

on the other side it has two medium compartments, and three small compartments.

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Not only does the entire box opens with a hinged lid, all of the individual compartments open with hinged lids, as well.

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Let’s go through this section by section.

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Compartment:

A:  (1) small and medium safety pins

B:  (5) assorted buttons

C:  (6) & (7) snaps and hooks and eyes sets

D:  (3) needle threaders

E:  (1) & (2) large safety pins and straight pins

F:  (4) package of assorted needles

(8) black thread and white thread spools

(8) thread samplers

(9) folding scissors

(10) measuring tape

(11) thimble

(12) finger pin cushion

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Needles (4), safety pins (1), straight pins (2), needle threaders (3), snaps (6), and hooks and eyes sets (7) can all be found in the sewing notions and/or craft section of Walmart, or in the sewing notions section of JoAnn’s. I found all of the buttons (5) in my extras box where I put the ones that come with clothing. You could probably pick up a package of assorted sized and colored buttons at garage sales or discount stores, if you don’t have any on hand.

I found the thimble (11) at JoAnn Fabrics. They’re regularly $5, but JoAnn’s offers coupons frequently, so you could always use one of those. You can also order from JoAnn online here. This thimble is ideal because the back of it is soft, rubbery plastic and can be squished down a bit so it fits into the box.

All of the thread (8) came from other sewing kits, both purchased and picked up from hotels during stays. I just pulled together what I felt like I would need for this particular project. You could always take something small, round and plastic, or a small piece of cardboard and make your own.

I also took the folding scissors (9) out of a larger sewing kit that I think I bought at Walmart many years ago. They’re decent quality and fit in this kit so well. The measuring tape (10) came out of a sewing kit from the dollar store.

Which brings me to the pin cushion. I knew I wanted something small that could also conveniently be out of the way while using it. I have one that secures around my wrist, but it would be far too large to fit even the biggest compartment. So I decided to semi-home make my own.

sewing17Here are the super simple instructions:

TINY FINGER PIN CUSHION

What you’ll need:

tomato pin cushion with a smaller piece attached (tomato pin cushion)

thin piece of elastic approximately 8” long

thread (I used red since the cushion was red.)

needle

scissors

Directions:

  1. Snip the smaller cushion off of the larger cushion leaving about ¾” of the green thread on the smaller one.
  2. Take the elastic and measure it by looping around two side by side fingers of your choice on your non-dominant hand.
  3. Tie the elastic into a bow leaving the loops as measured.
  4. Using a double threaded needle, sew elastic bow to the top of the small pin cushion with the loops angled up.
  5. Knot off thread and snip end.

I can put my middle and neighboring ring finger through the loops and it works perfectly.sewing15

 

sewing16You can also find all sorts of absolutely darling, tiny pincushions at etsy using the search term ‘tiny pincushions’. If you’re so inclined, there are literally (yes, literally!) hundreds of instructional projects on Pinterest to make your own. They look super easy, and you could probably use materials you already have at home, in many instances.

This wraps up all the information about my perfect travel sewing kit.sewing1As always, take these suggestions and ideas and let them guide you into what works for your life and travel styles. Whatever your choice in the sewing kit department, along with the Clothing Care-To-Go kit, you’ll be all set for any issues you may experience with your wardrobe while you’re away from home.

As sewing kits are certainly nothing new to people on the go, do you already have a perfect sewing kit in your travel things? Tell me about it and any additions you might make to this in the comments.


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