A student’s first sewing kit could be a simple basket, preferably with a lid or a small plastic container. Sometimes teachers prefer to purchase plastic containers all at once for a discount. This also guarantees that the kits will be of uniform size and appearance. Teachers may choose to stack kits neatly on a shelf during the school day. Some students are too forgetful to be trusted with bringing a sewing kit to class when it is needed. Boys can also be a bit self-conscious about packing a sewing kit into their backpacks as well. Personally, I prefer to give the task to the student of “scouting out” their own sewing kit. I believe that individuality and personal choice should be rewarded to a child’s artistic pursuits whenever possible. Encourage the girl who wishes to purchase a small attractive basket or an unusual box for her first sewing kit. Have examples of many small kits on hand to show your students the possibilities. Make sure that several of these samples are not too feminine in appearance or very expensive to collect.
Here is a linking list to several versions of sewing kits that parents may acquire for their children to use. These kits make wonderful birthday gifts for a young girls. I’ve also included a few links to historical versions of sewing kits as well.
- A Child’s Sewing Box
- Antique child’s sewing box with tiny celluloid doll
- Antique child’s sewing basket – silk drawstring top
- Turn a ordinary basket into a sewing basket for your child
- A sampling of store bought sewing boxes
- A template for a cardboard sewing box creation
- Cover a ordinary box with fabrics to create a new and interesting sewing box
- Embroidered waist pockets and purses by Sherri Jones
- A good workwoman praises her tools
- A Smartek Foldaway for the serious sewer
- Beautiful new Cath Kidson Sewing Box
- An extraordinary marquetry sewing box
- English Papier Mache Sewing Box
- A sewing box covered with felted wool applique
If you are a parent homeschooling your children and wish to teach sewing skills, you may consider gifting a child with a kit designed for sewing fishing lures. A bait and tackle box is an excellent alternative for a child who prefers this form of entertainment. Sewing skills need not be about clothing. This would also be an excellent winterim course for middle school students after Christmas break in a private school. These brief courses are usually taught for fun and faculty members are always on the look out for new ideas. Girls frequently gravitate to small needlework or quilting classes. However, for those students less inclined to sewing garments or fancy work, bait and tackle boxes have fun possibilities. These make great gifts for a dad if sons or daughters don’t fish. If you intend to teach this type of course make sure that you acquire a good quantity of feathers and specialty products along with a basic manual before starting. There are actually films available that give instructions for crafting lures as well. Make sure that you have some “fish stories” and other fun activities to mix in with the threading or your student(s) may take a nap, well, it is fishing.
- Cecelia Pearl Bryant and her Singer treadle sewing machine (randomthoughtsfrommidlife.wordpress.com)
- Guest Post Tutorial on Sewing in No Man’s Land! (lemonsqueezyhome.com)
- Sew 2012 #009: A Not-so Annoying Skirt (pinsandpatience.wordpress.com)
- Boy Scouts Survival Sewing Kit (laughingsquid.com)
- Create Heart Felt Baskets! (education.com)
- Machine-sewing solderable circuits (adafruit.com)
- We Want IKEA’s Magical ‘Touchscreen Thread’ (gizmodo.com.au)