Sometimes I feel like the company clerk on MASH – you know the guy who had or could find you almost anything? Even with sewing studio B dismantled because we no longer do clubs at school, I keep a super stocked sewing kit in my office. That plastic bin probably knows the school’s layout as well as I do because so many people have borrowed it!
Today, the new music teacher came to discuss a small hole in her daughter’s leotard. Fortunately, I had polyester thread and appropriate hand sewing needles in the box. What she really needed, though, was a 2″ square of black, fusible knit interfacing to reinforce the hole prior to stitching it. My coworker showed me her handiwork as we left school for the day. She did a nice job. I hope the repair held through her daughter’s competition this evening.
You can easily make your own mini-sewing kit by repurposing a small hinged metal or plastic box (like an Altoids tin). Wind bobbins of white, medium tan and black polyester thread. Include thread conditioner, a thimble and some hand sewing needles. A small pair of stork scissors adds a nice touch. A needle threader is a necessity for me. Place your needles and a few straight pins on a small piece of felt. Add a few wonder clips, safety pins and translucent shirt buttons – you’re all set. Some folks like to add a small magnet (needle minder) or a tape measure. Add whatever items you need – it’s your sewing box.