For a friend of ours, turning seven, we made a sewing kit. It’s on the elaborate side, as much for emergency embellishing as mending! We included embroidery floss, a tin of buttons and beads, patchwork squares, ribbons, shirring elastic, little scissors, a bit of tailor’s chalk and tiny spools that we wound with coloured threads. We made the pin cushion to keep a few safety pins, straight pins and needles in a couple of sizes.
Sewing kits are very, very old fashioned, with telling names like ‘housewife’ given to them by soldiers. Hundreds of variations of vintage styles are available in markets and auctions. I’m quite fond of them for their reference to a time when people knew how to mend their clothing, and accepted that they might need to at any moment. Like a portable version of my sewing box I’ve assembled one of my own to keep on hand when someone has lost a button or torn their clothes.
Watch out for little sewing kits on the shop!