Introduction: Embroidery Kit

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If you kept a record of how many minutes you wait at the doctor's office or wait in the car to pick someone up you would be amazed at how the minutes add up.  I always keep a small bag of sewing projects in my car for this reason. I figured I could complete a project with all the extra minutes that I saved. This has served me well.  I wanted to add a sewing box to my bag so I made this Altoids can into a small sewing kit.  It has been a great addition to my bag.  

I also needed a way to hide my scissors and my seam ripper.  I will look all over for these when I need them and I will finally ask my husband if he has seen them.  He uses them for some of his projects and forgets to return them.  Since I have added the kit to my sewing bag I never have to look for them again! 

Step 1: Supplies

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Supplies:

What you will need to make the sewing kit:

  • Altoids can
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Scissors or pinking scissors
  • Small fabric scrap
  • 1 Small button optional
  • Small piece of batting or stuffing of some sort
  • You can hand sew, glue, use the sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Needle or glue if sewing by hand or gluing
  • Self adhesive magnet optional
If you want to know how I made my bag here is a link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Funnion-Bag-One-Hour-Project/ .

Step 2: The Sewing Packet

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Sewing packet:
I think by looking at the pictures you can see how I made it.
I wanted it to fit inside the Altoids box.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard slightly smaller than the inside of the box.
  • Cut 2 of the fabric with pinking sheers if you have them slightly larger than the cardboard but not much.
  • Cut 1 flap
  • Cut the batting slightly smaller than the fabric.
  • Place 1 fabric piece wrong side face up.
  • Center  the cardboard over that.
  • Center the batting over the cardboard.
  • Place the remaining fabric over the batting right side up.
  • Make sure they all line up.
  • Sew all around 3 sides leaving the top (not sewn)
  • Place the flap at the top of the fabric right side up.
  • Sew all layers across the top.
  • Center a button on the flap and sew or glue it into place.  Optional
Please note:  If sewing make sure the cardboard clears the seams.

Step 3: Magnet

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This part is optional:
  • Add a self adhesive magnet to the back of the Altoids tin to find a lost pin or needle.
Sometimes it is difficult to find a dropped pin or needle.  I always add a magnet to all my pin cushions for that reason.

Step 4: Place the Contents in the Altoids Tin

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Place the contents in the Altoids tin:
Thread
Needle
Scissors
Sewing packet


Step 5: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I am excited that I finally made this kit.  I have wanted to make one for sometime.  I am very happy with the way I put it together.  This will make it much easier because now I have a place to keep my thread and scissors separate from my project.  I forgot to make pockets for my sewing bag.  This was quick and easy to make and works out great!  I even have a simple way to find a lost needle now. 

Thanks for stopping by and please do stop in again. I have a lot more projects that I am working on and will be posting them very soon.

Have a splendorous day!
Sunshiine

Comments

Creativeman (author)2011-12-04

I like the magnet idea! Maybe I can find some of those needles I've dropped! Nice 'ible sunshiine!

sunshiine (author)Creativeman2011-12-04

Thanks for commenting Creativeman! It works nicely!
Sunshiine

KittyF (author)2011-10-11

Ah, I see. with the button on it, I thought the sewing packet was meant to hold the smaller items. I love tins for this purpose. I've been hoarding tins for over 40 years. LOL

sunshiine (author)KittyF2011-10-11

Thanks for commenting! Yes the packet holds the needle and pins if you need them. You should have enough tins to hold a lot of things. They make great containers for craft items. Key holders with a magnet on the back for the fridge! Have a super day!
Sunshiine

KittyF (author)2011-10-11

What do you put in the sewing packet?

sunshiine (author)KittyF2011-10-11

Thanks for commenting! The bag will hold the large items. The kit contains: scissors, thread, and seam ripper. There is still room left over for more small items. Have a nice day!
Sunshiine

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