This DIY sewing kit really comes in handy as a sewing travel kit or just to keep around home. Who hasn’t had a button pop at an inopportune time? Over the weekend when my own button popped, I went searching for the scissors, thread and sewing needle. These were all scattered around my studio so it was a real time waster.
DIY Sewing Kit
That night, as I was looking at an empty container of dental floss, I had an epiphany: a portable sewing kit! It already has a built in ‘thread’ cutter!
Here’s a video of the process, followed by a full tutorial:
First, peel off the label from the face of the container.
Reuse the little tube that the dental floss was originally on by gluing a grommet to either end. That’s so you can wind some thread on it.
Only add small dots of glue to hold it on temporarily. If you add too much glue, it will be difficult to pry off later.
Wind on Some Thread
Once the grommet is glued, wind on some black thread. The grommet keeps the thread from falling off the edges as it’s being wound.
After the thread is on the spindle, the grommet can be removed. Unfortunately, it will interfere with the closing mechanism of the container if it’s left on.
How to add a Sewing Needle to the DIY Sewing Kit
No DIY sewing kit is complete without a sewing needle! Cut a small piece of elastic. Alternatively, you could also use a piece or ribbon or something similar. Add a dot of hot glue to one side of the container, turnd the end of the elastic under and glue it into place.
Then bring the elastic over to the other side, once again turning under the end, and secure it with another dot of glue.
Now there’s something to attach the needle to so it won’t jiggle around the inside of the kit when it’s stored. It also won’t accidentally fall out when it’s open!
After removing the grommet from both ends, put the ‘bobbin’ on the spindle with the thread running counter clock-wise.
Line up the thread with the hole in the top of the container and snap it shut.
All you have to do is pull and cut the tread the same way you would dental floss whenever you need it.
When your sewing is complete, just return the needle to the container and snap it shut again.
DIY Sewing Kit Label
So you can’t mistake its use, print out a label to add to the front.
Now the next time a button pops, or a hem falters, I have a readily accessible kit ready to go! You could make a few kits up with different colour threads (at least black and white), or merely save the tubes and wind on different colour threads so they are interchangeable in the one kit.
Once the kit was complete, I swapped out the label for some Letraset letters. They’re actually too large for the container so a little cut and sculpting around the lid might be in order. Applying some Mod Podge seal them on permanently. I love how the red colour ties in with the container. Now you really can’t miss it! I love my new DIY sewing kit organizer! Now I’ve got all my sewing kit essentials in one spot.
A kit like this would be great to carry in a purse for minor sewing repairs on the fly. It would also make a great travel item. Airports don’t allow scissors on board a plane, but I don’t see why this little kit wouldn’t be acceptable for air travel. However if you get stopped at airport security, you’ll have to let me know!
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