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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in textiles.

In this project, you will make a textile toolbox, also known as a sewing kit. This will have all the essential sewing tools at your fingertips and organized. It can be in a tackle box, a cloth organizer, a wooden box, or even a book modified into a kit.

Here's some ideas for the toolbox:

Sewing kit from an old book



From an small suitcase



Cloth organizer



A tackle box (and more ideas!)



It should contain at least these things:
  • scissors
  • scissor sharpener
  • black, white, and grey cotton thread
  • thimble
  • needles
  • straight pins
  • cloth measuring tape
  • safety pins
  • needle threader (optional)
  • seam ripper (optional)
  • little knife (optional)
  • sewing machine oil (optional)
  • beeswax for waxing thread (optional)


  • To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
     -  the above items laid out
     -  the above items inside the textile toolbox
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    Here is my textile toolbox.
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    Supplies layed out
    Supplies layed out
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    Packed up
    Packed up
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    I have many boxes in my 'sewing corner' ...


    Shelves filled with boxes for hand crafts


    There are two boxes for 'repairing', this is one with patches, buttons (in jars), zippers , etc.


    All sewing stuff spread out on the floor. In the large box (the other one as you saw before) are many different colours of sewing yarn (all polyester, for real cotton and linen I have a different small box), and for the rest it's filled with elastic bands and patches for repairing. The pink box has two sides both divided in small spaces with small tools in them.
    Most of the time my scissors and my pins are not in a box, but next to the sewing machine on the table.
    Probably my measuring tape is between my knitting/crochet stuff at the moment ...

    In the 'vintage look needle booklet' I made are two pages of needles: sharp needles and blunt needles. And the tiny embroidery scissors (I showed in another BB) is in there and some more small hand sewing tools.
    I had the idea of making a video showing all of that, but I'm not such a good video maker at all ...

     
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    Looking at my photos I discovered my measuring tape!
     
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    Inge : I could just be missing it as this BB is like an I SPY book but ... could you point out the scissor sharpeners please?
     
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    Ashley Cottonwood wrote:Inge : I could just be missing it as this BB is like an I SPY book but ... could you point out the scissor sharpeners please?


    Scissor sharpener? Is that required? I never sharpen my scissors. I don't need to, because I use my 'textile scissors' only for textiles. So it stays sharp (for years, probably even decades).
     
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    Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:

    Ashley Cottonwood wrote:Inge : I could just be missing it as this BB is like an I SPY book but ... could you point out the scissor sharpeners please?


    Scissor sharpener? Is that required? I never sharpen my scissors. I don't need to, because I use my 'textile scissors' only for textiles. So it stays sharp (for years, probably even decades).



    Hi Inge, according to the BB (or my interpretation) it is required:

    It should contain at least these things:
    scissors
    scissor sharpener
    black, white, and grey cotton thread
    thimble
    needles
    straight pins
    cloth measuring tape
    safety pins
    needle threader (optional)
    seam ripper (optional)
    little knife (optional)
    sewing machine oil (optional)
    beeswax for waxing thread (optional)
     
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    Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:
    Scissor sharpener? Is that required? I never sharpen my scissors. I don't need to, because I use my 'textile scissors' only for textiles. So it stays sharp (for years, probably even decades).


    Hi Inge! I never need to sharpen my TEXTILE SCISSORS, or as I call them, my fabric scissors, because I only use them for fabrics, yarn maybe. As children, my kids knew not to use these for paper or anything else, and thought it funny to use this quirk of mine as something of a threat. All in fun, they would tell me they would use my fabric scissors on paper or cardboard!! To this day, my son (in his 30's) still occasionally uses this threat.

    After well over 10 years of faithful service, my one pair of orange-handled fabric scissors broke at the pivot point! I have since invested in 2 pair, the first is for heavy/multiple layers and was well worth the investment. The 2nd is my first pair of pinking shears. There is just nothing like having a really good pair of scissors for cutting the multiple layers I tend to cut for most of my textile crafting, as most of it requires many strips of cloth.

     
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    Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:

    Ashley Cottonwood wrote:Inge : I could just be missing it as this BB is like an I SPY book but ... could you point out the scissor sharpeners please?


    Scissor sharpener? Is that required? I never sharpen my scissors. I don't need to, because I use my 'textile scissors' only for textiles. So it stays sharp (for years, probably even decades).



    It looks like it's on the list so it's required.

    It does seem an essential part of the kit.  Even if it's just for the non-fabric scissors as these dull really quickly.  And comparing used-for-fabric-only with never-used-before scissors (of the same quality) - yes, sheers dull with use!  The older pair may not feel dull because we are used to them, but the difference can be shocking.  

    My grandmother was a seamstress and used to have her fabric-only sheers sharpened every other month.  She knew how important it was to have a crisp, clean, cut.

    Dull scissors can cause inaccuracy, wrist strain, and crush rather than cut the material.  

    This little sharpener is the one I use https://www.amazon.ca/Fiskars-98547097-Scissors-Sharpener-Orange/dp/B0002JT0PK/

    It's a little bit bigger than my thumb and works brilliantly.  
     
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    Thank you R for showing that small scissor sharpener. If that's all, I'll invest in it (being Fiskars brand it probably isn't a cheap thing). And then I'll experience what you say, that the scissors do get dull in use and really sharp scissors work so much easier ...
    And then I can get the BB
     
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    scissors - full size and snips for thread
    scissor sharpener - orange
    black, white, and grey cotton thread - black is stored on a bobbin and large black and white spools stay are handy in craft room
    thimble - gold-tone - sitting on thread spools
    needles
    straight pins and T-pins (both in tiny boxes plus a pin cushion)
    cloth measuring tape
    safety pins in metal "Altoids" box
    needle threader (no but wool needles near scissors can be used)
    seam ripper (included)

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    Everything for my kit plus two large spools of thread - black and white
    Everything for my kit plus two large spools of thread - black and white
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    My kit
    My kit
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    My Sewing Kit with lid on
    My Sewing Kit with lid on
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    Here are my supplies for my sewing box, it made me hi through which was very helpful!

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    Supplies laid out
    Supplies laid out
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    Supplies in the box, plus other assorted sewing stuff
    Supplies in the box, plus other assorted sewing stuff
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