We have a few family friends graduating from college this month, and whenever this happens I like to give them something practical (along with cash because let’s be honest, they’re gonna need it). When I was the one graduating, my grandma gave me a small sewing kit that I ended up using all the time. I was constantly repairing popped-off buttons, broken straps, and torn seams. It’s really easy to make a cute, cheap sewing kit for a new grad (or mom!), and the best part is that you don’t have to know how to sew to make it.
A mason jar (I used a regular mouth pint jar from Target)
100% cotton fabric
Fabric measuring tape
Sewing notions for inside (I list ideas below)
Start by cutting out a six-inch by six-inch square of fabric if you use a regular-mouth mason jar. For a wide-mouth, cut 8.5-inches by 8.5-inches.
Put the lid in the center of the fabric, then pop the fabric and lid into the jar’s screw-on ring.
Pull some of the fabric out like this, so there’s room for the stuffing.
Glue HALF of the fabric onto the lid, leaving the other half unattached.
Remove the jar lid, then get to stuffing. This is going to be a pin cushion, so you want it to be very firm (practically overstuffed).
Once you’ve completed stuffing the pin cushion, put the jar ring back around the lid.
Glue down the remaining fabric, cut away any excess.
Fill up the mason jar with basic sewing supplies. You can go to your local JoAnn Fabric or Michael’s, or order on Amazon or WhimseyBox. I suggest the following:
~pack of needles in various sizes
~all-purpose thread in cream and back
~fabric measuring tape
Look how adorable your pin cushion looks! Admire it. You did that. Then wrap the fabric measuring tape around the lid, securing it with tape.
This would also be a cute “craft kit” to give to someone as a gift!
Any questions, let me know. Have fun!