Okay, I saw this tutorial on Pinterest: http://tidymom.net/2011/survival-kit/ And I thought it was absolutely awesome. So I made one and sent it off in a swap! It is soooo easy, and I got everything I needed for it, except the potholder, at the dollar store! I LOVE dollar store crafts. They did have potholders there that night, but they were a bit small. I was at Honks today and they have a bigger one that’s dark blue with plaid, kinda butch and cool. But I got a set of 2 simple red potholders at Shopko for $2 and that’s what I used. All you do is use a zigzag stitch to sew in 10 snack-size zipper baggies, then fill the baggies with little essentials. You sew on a button, and the potholders even already have the loop and are ready to go! Here’s mine:
Here it is closed up with a pin cushion on a ribbon wrapped around it, which is how I sent it. I didn’t get a picture of it without that, I’m afraid. The pin cushion can be tied onto your sewing machine, by the way. Or around your wrist, or you can wear it as a pendant. And the round middle of the flower, the stuffed part, is stuffed with steel wool to keep pins sharp. But anyway…back to the Survival Kit, which I would rename, a “Just In Case.” Get it? Because it’s kind of a case full of things to have on hand just in case. Yeah, so anyway…
You can see how the loop fastens around the button and makes a handy little clutch. And I made a list of everything that was packed into it (and it was stuffed!):
I think this would make a unique, super easy, and super useful gift for anybody. I plan to make more, that’s for sure! I need one for myself for starters!