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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

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

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

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

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


Step 5: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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
I like the magnet idea! Maybe I can find some of those needles I've dropped! Nice 'ible sunshiine!
Thanks for commenting Creativeman! It works nicely! <br>Sunshiine
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
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!<br>Sunshiine
What do you put in the sewing packet?
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!<br>Sunshiine

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