My daughter was asked by a friend in college if she had a sewing kit he could borrow. I'm embarrassed to say that she didn't have one. Me, sending my kid off to school without a needle and thread. So I decided to make both of them a sewing kit. I know that I probably could have purchased one relatively inexpensively, but what fun would that be??!!
I started with a couple of Altoids tins I had saved, naturally. I spray painted them with gloss black. I wasn't too careful about getting it on the inside of the tin because I was going to line it with felt. I cut felt to fit the inside top and bottom of the tins.
Next I cut a couple of small rectangles from felt to make a needle and pin "book". I stitched the spine of this together by hand and added several sizes of needles, straight pins, and safety pins.
I filled some small zip lock bags with a variety of buttons. My daughter's button bag, pictured above had a wide range of colors, while the one I filled for her friend had neutral colors. Next I cut a small rectangle of cardboard and wrapped five different colors of thread around it - light beige, dark beige, white, black, and navy blue.
Everything fit nicely inside the tin...but I don't have a picture to show that.
I wanted to make the outside of the tin a bit more interesting than just glossy black, so I added wording using a gold marker.
Since I had everything on hand, these little sewing kits didn't cost me anything. And both my daughter and her friend appreciated them and have already put them to use!