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
- White glue
- Yarn, optional
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sew two loops inside the kit to hold a pair of sewing scissors and a thimble.
Embroider the outside of the kit to reflect the owner or a pattern you enjoy.
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