Once I was the recipient of the gift of a homemade sewing kit. The giver had gathered all the things a prepared seamstress might need for quick repairs – needles, spools of thread in a few different colors, a small pair of sharp scissors, a seam ripper, spare buttons, straight pins, and safety pins. Fusible tape is great for a kit like this (the stuff that allows you to iron on a hem).

The best part though, was that she had gathered all these items and put them into a small vintage train-case style makeup container, something that had been all the rage in the 1980s. It was the container that elevated this little sewing kit to the level of being an enviable gift, instead of a reminder of a boring chore. Take your existing sewing kit and see if can find a suitable vintage container or upgraded box or basket to put it in. The cool thing about this is that when placed in a vintage basket or purse or makeup case, the sewing kit can easily serve as an emergency gift, should you ever the need…

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