As part of this month’s Spring Clean theme, I am posting related articles to help with every day tasks and organisation. Today’s post is about creating a mini travel sewing kit for sartorial emergencies.
Whether you sew or not, it’s a good idea to carry a sewing kit in case you lose a button or a hem unravels. Here’s how I made my mine:
- 3 needles, 2 ready threaded
- small scissors or snips
- spare shirt buttons
- thread bobbin, with about 5 different coloured threads
- safety pins, in various sizes
Plus, a small container to hold the above items, such as an old sweet tin.
Place 3 needles on a small fabric scrap. Thread 2 with white and black threads, leaving one spare. This will help save time in case you’re in a hurry.
Small scissors –
If you have one from last year’s Christmas cracker, this is where it becomes useful. If not, raid your sewing kit or consider purchasing a pair.
Spare buttons –
You could make a small paper envelope to store spare buttons, but I just usually keep 2 or 3 loose in the tin.
Thread bobbin –
Wrap different coloured threads around a small piece of cardboard. The colours I use reflect the colour of the clothes I usually wear. Adapt the thread colours according to your daily wardrobe. Add extra black and white thread, as these tend to be the most useful.
Safety pins –
These are quick to use, if you don’t have time to do a temporary repair. I used a piece of ribbon to store my pins together, but you could use a small envelope, pin them on a fabric scrap or simply pin them together.
Add the above 5 items in a box or tin, place in your every day travel bag*, and you will never be caught with a lost button or unraveled hem again.
*Note, if you’re travelling by air, chances are you will not be permitted to fly with sharp objects such as scissors. Check with your carrier before you add your sewing kit to your hand luggage.
I hope you found this article useful, please comment below and add your suggestions. Do you carry a sewing kit? What’s in yours?
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