|Thread (all kinds)
Safety Pins (assorted sizes)
Needles (sewing, upholstery, assortment)
Elastic (various sizes)
Hooks & Eyes
Grommets/Pliers (for tents & bags)
Patches (iron-on & sew-on)
Sailor's Palm (for sails & tents)
|Scissors (big & little)
Lace, Ribbon, & Scraps
Sewing Machine Oil
Fabric Softener Sheet
Velcro closures or strips
Iron-on fusible web (for non-sewing closures)
I have my sewing kit in a soft zippered & pocketed fishing tackle box.
I have plastic boxes of assorted sizes inside (also purchased in the fishing
supplies) to keep the odds and ends in. You could use any bag or container
that is portable and organized. Different thickness and color threads will
come in handy at mending time. Clear nylon thread will always come in
handy. Safety pins have many uses, even the larger diaper pins. The
larger safety pins are great for threading elastic through a skirt or pants top.
Crochet hooks can be useful even if you don't crochet. Use one to pull the
snag back through your sweater. You might also add a small non-colored
beeswax candle for waxing thread to keep it from snagging and breaking.
Save old zippers, buttons, hooks & eyes from old clothes before discarding
or making rags of them. Use your old cotton clothing for bandages for your
first aid kit and rags for household use. Scraps of old jeans make great
sew-on patches. Make new things from old clothing. That dress that
grew too short might make a nice skirt by cutting it off just below the armholes
and adding a waste band or running elastic through the top. That old shirt
might make a good apron. That ugly thing Aunt Jessie gave you years ago
that has been taking up space in the back of the closet might make good pillow
cases or kitchen towels. Be thrifty and wise.