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Topic: My generic graduation gift- a personalized sewing kit.  (Read 2895 times)
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« on: May 25, 2009 07:16:45 PM »

I've had a lot of graduations and open houses to attend in the last few years and I always include one thing in my gift. A small, personalized sewing kit. Sometimes this is all I give, other times it's part of a larger gift... but it's always there.

I make them out of different things- canning jars, bead tubes, tupperware... I decorate the container with ribbon, trims, paint... nothing too over the top.

I always include:
    -small pin cushion (typically done in college or favorite colors)
    -small scissors
    -pack of various needles
    -variety of buttons
    -needle threader
    -small thread set (or spools of black, navy, white & tan)
    -small tape measure
    -pins (straight and safety)

I sometimes include:
     -liquid stitch
     -neutral colored patches (guys tend to rip their pant crotches)

Whether they're going away to college or living at home... you never know when you're going to rip a seam, pop a button, or tear the strap off your favorite top. It may seem like a boring or over-practical gift, but they'll be happy for it in the end.

My biggest tip is to keep the kit small- there isn't much room for extras in a dorm room. And keep the embellishments to a minimum (especially with guys)... you don't want the kid embarrassed when her new roommate sees the glitter covered atrocity you've made. Smiley

This year my step-sister-in-law is getting a sewing kit along with a few other presents... She's spoiled rotten and I have a feeling she'll be learning a lot about taking care of herself during her freshman year. I forgot to pack a sewing kit when I first moved away from home and I regretted it. I'm going to make sure she has everything she needs to keep herself in repair.
« Last Edit: June 05, 2009 06:03:19 PM by PirateColey » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2009 11:42:37 AM »

thats an awesome idea! i never know what to get people that they will actuallly use. i think ill even make one for myself...
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2009 10:09:01 AM »

This is a great idea. I wish someone would've given me something like this!
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2012 06:40:37 AM »

i made these with my kids as gifts for mothers day, and the grandmas really liked them

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