I’m not a huge fan of commercial travel sewing kits. They are expensive, bulky, and never have the right color of thread for my clothes. I decided to make an itty bitty travel sewing kit that served my own needs. Now you can do it too!
DIY Travel Sewing Kit
Step 1 – Collect Materials
This sewing kit uses common materials that you should have at home:
- A source of light cardboard – in this case I used a paper plate
- Various colors of thread found in your capsule wardrobe
- Safety pins
- Sewing needles
I didn’t include spare buttons in my sewing kit because I have already sewn them into my garments. That way the buttons are always available. I use the cutter on my dental floss as a substitute for scissors. It’s crude but it works.
Step 2 – Draw the template on the cardboard
I drew a rectangle approximately 1 inch by 1-1/2 inches (1/2 cm by 1 cm) on my cardboard. I used 5 different colors in my sewing kit, so I spaced out 5 dots on the cardboard – one for each color.
Step 3 – Create points by adding in zig-zags
I added zig-zag lines to my template. The triangular shaped points will keep the thread in place when I wrap it around the cardboard.
Step 5 – Add Thread
Wrap the thread around the cardboard. Secure the thread in the keeper notches.
Step 6 – Add in Hardware
I add in safety pins and sewing needles to finish my kit. I usually slide safety pins in one side. I slide sewing needles through the threads on the other side.
Step 7 – Finished!
I usually place my sewing kit into a pill size plastic bag. I also add in my eyeglass repair kit. Everything fits into a pocket of my toiletry kit.
The DIY Sewing Kit is much smaller and lighter than any commercial sewing kit. As a bonus, it has colors that you can actually use! The most important part of this kit is that it reduces the bulk and weight of a commonly carried item. It is just one more technique for travel with a personal item. Don’t leave your stuff at home to travel lightly – just cut bulk and weight!