used ball point pens (prefer clear pens so you can see what's inside )
for sewing kit:
cardboard from kleenex box or plastic from 2 liter bottle
2 or 3 sewing needles
2 or 3 pieces of thread.
Step 1: Steps One, Two, Three: Deconstruction
Step two: deconstruction.
Hold the tip of the pen and squeeze it. Pull the point away from the body of it. If the tip is too stubborn, try another pen or use pliers.
Step three: messy pull. Pull the tip out of the pen. Pull the ink tube out of the tip. You might be wearing ink even if the pen ran out of ink. Grab rubbing alcohol and spill some inside the pen tip. If you don't then your sewing needles will be inky.
Step 2: Making a Pen Sewing Kit
Cut a piece of card board or plastic 4 1/2" to about 4 3/4" long by up to 1/8" max. Slide this piece of cardboard inside the pen's tip. Slide a threaded needle inside the pen's tip. Hold the the needle and wrap the thread around both the needle and the cardboard. Repeat for up to three sewing needles. This could be great for travelers because it is small enough to fit in a pocket.
This mighty pen can hold small beads or seeds, just sewing needles, a few pins. Have fun sharing!