How to Make an Old-Fashioned Victorian Ladies' Sewing Kit

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How to Make an Old-Fashioned Victorian Ladies' Sewing Kit
A Victorian-style sewing kit is a dainty project for the sewing enthusiast. ( Images)

Sewing was once a skill every girl was required to learn. While sewing is no longer necessary as a skill for survival, as clothes are readily available almost everywhere for purchase, knowing how to sew remains a valuable skill. A small Victorian-style sewing kit is not only a creative project to make, it is a useful one. A small sewing kit can be tucked into a purse or bag and brought everywhere, making fixing a hole in a toddler's trousers leg or working on a needlepoint project a portable endeavour.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • White glue
  • Ribbon
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Yarn, optional

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  1. 1

    Cut out two pieces of cardboard, each about 4 inches by 4 inches. Cereal boxes and other paperboard boxes work well because they are sturdy, yet can be sewn through.

  2. 2

    Glue a piece of wool or cotton batting, cut to fit the cardboard, to the each piece of cardboard. Fabric or white glue will secure the piece.

  3. 3

    Glue a piece of fabric you like or that is reminiscent of Victorian times onto both sides of each piece of cardboard. A piece of satin or brocade works well. If you intend to embroider the outside of the kit, make the outside facing piece plain. Wait until it dries before continuing.

  4. 4

    Place a piece of ribbon 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch wide over the edge of the fabric and batting on each piece of cardboard, folding it carefully so that it is now showing on both sides.

  5. 5

    Sew the ribbon in place, through the fabric, batting and cardboard using a whipstitch. Basically, you will be going through one side and looping the thread back over to a place next where you poked the previous stitch through.

  6. 6

    Join the two cardboard sides in book fashion. The easiest way is to sew them together with very sturdy thread or yarn using a blanket or whipstitch to create the seams. You should now have what looks like a small book.

  7. 7

    Create accessories for your sewing kit. You can make a small, flat pincushion, a small holder for needles, swatches of fabric for practicing stitches or other items.

  8. 8

    Sew two loops inside the kit to hold a pair of sewing scissors and a thimble.

  9. 9

    Embroider the outside of the kit to reflect the owner or a pattern you enjoy.

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