A sewing kit in a bottle makes a great gift for just about anyone. It’s perfect for a college student leaving home for the first time, a high school student going away on a class trip, a businessman or woman that travels for work, or a family going on vacation. Small enough to easily carry in a purse, backpack, diaper bag or the glove box of your car, though, it’s a handy thing for anyone to have around. Ever lost a button right before an important business meeting, causing you to show more cleavage than you cared to show? If so, you know what I mean!
These homemade sewing kits are easy to make, they are inexpensive, and you may already have everything you need in your sewing box. If not, a quick trip to your favorite craft or fabric store will supply you with everything you need. It’s a great way to repurpose plastic medicine bottles, too, keeping them out of a landfill.
Things You Need:
A plastic medicine bottle (I like to use a medium-sized bottle)
Thread in different colors (black and white, for sure, and maybe also blue, red and tan)
Two or three sewing needles
Cardboard or cardstock
Two or three safety pins (optional)
A tiny pair of scissors (optional)
Whatever you want to use to decorate the outside of the bottle, like stickers, a piece of cloth, etc.
Step one: Wash and dry the plastic medicine bottle thoroughly. Remove the label, if you wish. You can simply put a new label on top of the old one, if you prefer. Decorate the bottle however you like. Write “sewing kit” on it in decorative letters, decorate it with stickers, or glue a pretty piece of cloth around the bottle. Use your imagination.
Step two: Cut pieces of thread about three yards long. Cut small rectangles of cardboard or cardstock and wind each piece of thread around a rectangle of cardboard.
Step three: Stick the needles through a small piece of cardstock or cardboard so they won’t be rattling around loose in the sewing kit.
Step four: Put all items inside the plastic bottle and put on the lid. Voila! That’s all there is to it.