Make a Travel Sewing Kit with a Pincushion

Summer time is travel time where anything can happen, from a button falling off an outfit to a tote strap coming undone. Store-bought sewing kits often don’t have all the supplies you need – make your own sewing kit from an upcycled tin! The top of the lid is a pincushion and it’s magnetized underneath so you won’t lose your pins and needles. Fill it with emergency buttons and threads, embroidery supplies, or anything else you need for on-the-go sewing!

travel sewing kit pincushion

To make this travel sewing kit, you will need the following:

One 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Empty gift card or mint tin
Cotton batting
Wide double-stick tape
Floral print fabric – small square
Thin magnet by the sheet
Dew Drops embellishments
Pen, scissors, craft knife
Craft glue, paint brush
Fine pink glitter

I chose to use a gift card tin because the larger size allowed small sewing scissors, but a mint tin will work for small sewing supplies, too!travel sewing kit

1. Trace the lid of your tin onto the cardstock, the Smoothfoam sheet and the magnet sheet. Cut out each shape, using a craft knife for the Smoothfoam.

 miter corner

2.  Cover one side of your Smoothfoam with the double-stick tape. Place some batting on the non-taped side, flip it upside down and position it in the center of your fabric, taped side facing up. Fold the fabric edges up on to the tape, tucking the batting under the Smoothfoam as you pull up the fabric. When you are done, place more tape on your cardstock and position it (sticky side down) on the folded fabric, pressing down to ensure the fabric is secure.

sewing kit upcycled tin

3.  Cover the llid of the tin with tape as shown, cover the sides as well.

embellish travel sewing kit

4.  Place cushion piece, cardstock side down on to the tin lid. Press firmly for a few seconds.

5.  Embellish the sides of the tin lid with Dew Drops.

glitter taped edge of tin

6.  Brush glitter on to the exposed areas of tape.

sewing kit magnet lid

7.  Glue the magnet piece to the inside of the lid. Fill tin with sewing essentials and enjoy!


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