Sewing Kit for Stitching on the Go September 24 2019 16 Comments
National Sewing Month has us celebrating all things sewing related. As loyal Red Thread Studio Stitchers, we know you understand. It’s in our blood. As our lives get busy, we also know we can take our love for sewing on the road with us with our trusty sewing kit.
You can create your own sewing kit with this quick and easy tutorial or shop other styles and sizes to meet your needs. Keep reading below for must-haves for your sewing kit.
Materials you will need to create your own Boro Box:
- Yazzi craft box or box or pouch of your choice
- Fabric scraps or a 12 x 9 inch piece of fabric
- Sashiko thread or perle cotton
- Sashiko needle (or any large eyed embroidery needle)
- 50 weight cotton thread
- Temporary fabric glue such as Roxanne's Glue Baste or a Bohin Glue Pen
- Optional: fusible web such as Lite Steam a Seam 2
Step 1: Make your Boro style fabric
- Piece together various scraps of fabric to create made fabric that finishes 12 x 9 inches. If you are using your own craft box or pouch, adjust finished dimensions accordingly, adding 1 inch to both length and width for seam allowance (1/2 inch).
- Using temporary glue, position 2-3 patches on the 12 x 9 inch piece of fabric in a way that is aesthetically pleasing to your eye. You may also choose to fuse the patches for durability (Tutorial for using Lite Steam a Seam 2).
- Pro Tip: Skip the piecing and save time by using a 12 x 9 inch piece of Boro Bodoko in Navy.
Boro Bodoko in Navy
Step 2: Use Sashiko stitching to secure and to embellish the fabric patches
Using Sashiko thread or perle cotton, stitch a running stitch to create a patterned background that will reinforce the made fabric and patches. Your pattern may be simple such as horizontal rows or a more intricate design such as a traditional Sashiko pattern.
- Pro Tip: Chalk in stitching lines or use your favorite marking tool to keep your stitching lines straight.
Step 3: Prepare embellished fabric to be attached to craft box
Turn embellished fabric face down on ironing surface and iron 1/2 inch seam starting with long edges and finish with short edges. Use temporary glue to attach to top of craft box
Step 4: Attached Boro fabric to craft box
Machine stitch the Boro fabric to the craft box top using a 1/8 inch top stitch, taking care not to stitch the zipper or hand appliqué it to the top.
Step 5: Fill your new Boro box with stitchy must-haves
We’re curious to know, what’s in your sewing kit? We have several favorites in ours. Let’s take a look and compare.
Sewing Kit for Stitching on the Go
Thread. You can buy thread in just about any color you can imagine. Plus, you can select different weights depending on your project. Our thread selections run deep and wide.
Hand-Sewing Needles. You’ll need needles in a variety length and size. Our favorites are Tulip Hiroshima needles because they are stronger, more flexible and less likely to bend or break.
Embroidery Hoops. This is self-explanatory.
A Needle Threader. Use a needle threader instead of straining your eyes and frustrating yourself trying to get that piece of thread through tiny eye. We have a life changing alternative.
Straight Pins. Choose straight pins with round heads—like these patchwork glasshead pins. They tend to be easier to work with than flat-headed straight pins.
Maki Tacks -Well, because who doesn't want sushi in their Boro Box?
What's in your sewing kit? Tell us in the comments below.