Sewing Kit in a Tin 1 The Prudent Homemaker




Seam Ripper


Embroidery Thread

Sewing needles




Embroidery Thread

Embroidery needle

Pinking shears (optional)

Sewing machine (optional; you can sew this by hand)

Marking pen

Sewing Kit in a Tin 2 The Prudent Homemaker

This was a quick project, except for the embroidery. It is very difficult to see through felt, even with a light table. I did my best (after going over the main outine of  a miniature print image of the bird with sharpie) but ended up freehanding most of this bird with marking pen. I embroidered the bird with a back stitch.

I cut a piece of blue felt for the cover, making sure it was smaller than the box I chose when folded in half, and two slightly smaller pieces of cream felt for the inside. I used pinking shears to cut around the inside cream pieces, but this is purely optional.

I embroidered the bird without using a hoop. I outlined the bird in back stitch.

I sewed the three pieces together down the middle with the sewing machine.

I put some sewing needles in the felt pages.

I put the seam ripper, scissors, and needle book in the tin. 



Around an hour and a half, including the embroidery.

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I found the tin on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $1.02. It was full of pushpins, which I moved to our bulletin boards. I have seen empty tins like these at Michael’s for $1 (often near the registers) and you can also buy plain tins (including ones that hinge) on Etsy.

The polka dotted embroidery scissors were $5.99 regular price at Hobby Lobby.  I used a 40% off coupon to bring the price down. They have several choices including the stork scissors that I like (my daughter pointed out the polka dotted ones to me when we went to check out Hobby Lobby after it opened here recently, so I chose those for her).

The small seam ripper I purchased from Wawak in an order I made several years ago. I knew eventually this daughter would want a sewing kit of her own so I bought a couple of seam rippers at the time. It was $0.59. You can get one at Walmart,  Joann’s, Michael’s, or Amazon.

I purchased the wool felt on Etsy for $2 a sheet. Prices have since changed as well as sizes for felt pieces (you can buy pieces as small as 6 by 8 inches now) so your price may vary. You don’t need a whole sheet of either color, but if you have no supplies you will need to buy two sheets.

Total cost for this sewing kit was just under $7.



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  1. I love this so much! I’m not very crafty but I’m going to try to make them as stocking stuffers for my girls. Thank you- I have been following your Gift a Day series for the last 2- 3 years and always look forward to it!

  2. I like this gift. Joann’s on Black Friday would be a good place to get supplies too. Even if a person doesn’t sew much everyone can use a small sewing kit for an emergency.

  3. A few shirt buttons in there would also be nice. Maybe a thimble too or is it to big for the box? A thimble is a necessity for me to hand sew.

  4. Would an altoid tin work? You could paint it. That would be a possibility for someone who thinks they “need” mints (not me, of course 😉 ). I try to get altoids when I do get them because the go the farthest. This is a way I could recycle those handy, fancy tins, if the size is right.

  5. I think a thimble would fit but I haven’t ever seen a child’s thimble locally. I considered buttons (and left extra pages for them to be sewn in) but since she just wants to embroider, I left it at this. The recipient is 7. For an adult I would include buttons and some threads. They could also be wrapped around a piece of cardboard with several colors.

  6. The more I think about this one, the more I love it. I’m going to check out some scissor prices and some tin prices and see about making some for Christmas for people. I also agree that some thread would be extremely helpful for mending. I have one child who loves to embroider, so that’s a good idea to give her one for that. I always keep my embroidery in a small bin. A little kit like that would fit right in and there would always be scissors……. I’ll see what I can round up and what I have time for–maybe a small bin with a few supplies like floss and a dishtowel with a tin like this thrown in .

  7. Becky, if you are putting together a kit for embroidery, you might want to add a small pencil or marking pen, for tracing out the pattern on the cloth.

  8. Somebody must like polka-dots!

    I went back to your older gift a day posts to see if I could pick up any other ideas.

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