Sewing Project Kits, by Sara (@sarasewingjourney)
Let’s talk about sewing project kits. Have you ever thought about buying one?
I have, both for small crafting sewing projects and for clothing kits and I thought about talking about them today as I found that they offer great learning opportunities to both the beginners and those who want to up their game.
From my previous articles in this community blog, you may remember that at first, I didn’t feel confident enough to sew clothes: to start with I bought books to create soft toys and small crafting items which are great; however, while purchasing fabric online from small independent businesses I realised that several of them also creates kits with everything you need to complete a sewing project!
I have to mention that I am not a fan of the subscription boxes, mainly because you don’t know what you are going to get, plus it may be a project that I don’t like in a fabric that is not something I would wear or match my home furnishing but also something I may not want to give to others. I’d rather prefer those sewing kits where you pick and choose the project. I guess this is a personal preference.
I have purchased some of the sewing project kits from My Sewing Box (https://www.mysewingbox.co.uk/collections/sewing-weaving-craft-kits) and I really like them, the kits include all the fabric that is needed, wadding if required, thread and any other haberdashery that the project requires. I love how the instructions include step-by-step colour photos to illustrate the different stages to follow. They have kits for all levels: so far, I’ve made the Drawstring Make-Up bag, plus I have an advent calendar and a pleated cushion kit to tackle. They also have clothes project boxes and subscription boxes, for those who like them.
Another independent shop with nice craft kits is Little T’s haberdashery (https://www.littletshaberdashery.com/product-category/project-boxes/), from which I purchased the Project box no. 2 – Elisabeth frame purse. The instructions for this kit also came with step-by-step colour photos stages and they were clear and easy to follow. The kit includes all you need, including the purse frame and wadding.
What I like about these kits is that you can make the first item with the kit’s content, then you can purchase new supplies and make more as gifts. I also have a small idea about selling some small items in future and I think that these kits are of great inspiration.
With regards to clothes, I’d usually prefer to buy the fabric for each of my projects: I like to shop around and I am a bit particular with my fabric of choice, however I love, love, love some of the G&G Sewing Society kits (https://guthrie-ghani.co.uk/sewing-society). There are two kits coming out the first Wednesday of each month, usually one easier and one slightly more challenging.
Lauren always sources amazing fabric and her kits come with everything needed for the project (included the printed pattern), but the added value is that Lauren records one or more videos (which are included in the kit and which links are sent with the order confirmation) to help you out in the construction.
I have bought those kits for more complicated item of clothing (such as the coat I made last winter) and found them always a joy, as well as confidence boosters: having a more guided approach to a challenging make helped me to learn new techniques and not to be too afraid of tackling something I thought may be out of my league.
The kit for the Closet Core Clare coat included a luscious Abraham Moon Mill 100% Melton wool fabric and you still can personalise your make: I’ve used a different fabric for the lining and different buttons, but I will certainly be using those in some future project, so nothing goes to waste.
Sometimes I purchased the kit mainly because the fabric was so dreamy I couldn’t help it: I’ve made the Marlo cardigan this month (it was the August kit and it had the softest brushed back jacquard knit) and the Yanta overall in linen earlier in the summer.
Waiting on the side-line is the latest kit for a pair of Closet Core Ginger Jeans.
And if you already have the pattern and some fabric to make it, you can still purchase Lauren’s videos separately, in case you need more help to create your project.
Minerva also offers some project kits: you can find them at this link https://www.minerva.com/hashtags/MinervaSewingKitsExclusive
If you find a kit that you like, you can add all the items to your cart, but you can still personalise the order removing things you don’t need (e.g. you already have the buttons) or replacing things according to your taste. The advantage is that you will receive the exact quantity of fabric you need for that particular project, plus the pattern, thread and everything else needed and again, the patterns in each kit offers a different level of difficulty, so there is a kit suitable for everyone: I have been checking them and I am sure that I will soon get one to make.
There are several more independent or mainstream shops or online shops which are selling project kits I am sure, but I wanted to share with you those I’ve experienced so far and give you a flavour of what you can expect from kits. Kits may not be for everyone, but I find that the small project kits for accessories or home soft furnishing are great for beginners and may give you the initial push to give sewing a go!
What do you think?