Wednesday, 8 September 2010

K is for Kits

K is for kits

Kotori Kits Pin Cushion
Sewing kits are great for the novice sewer as they generally contain most, if not all of the bits and pieces required to make a project, and in just the right amounts. For example, an appliqué project may require lots of small pieces of different types of fabric. Novice sewers are unlikely to have a handy scrap bag so would have to buy all the fabric for the project. Since most shops sell in minimum quantities of half or even a full metre, such a project could quickly become very expensive. The Fairy Tale height chart kit by Kotori Kits is a perfect example of an appliqué project with many different types and colours of fabric and felt.

Kotori Kits needlecase
Kits are also a good way to gain confidence in sewing. Having everything to hand and step-by-step instructions makes the whole process of making something much easier. Kits contain everything you need, explain what each element in the kit is for and exactly what to do. Trips to the sewing shop or haberdashers can be somewhat intimidating if you don’t know exactly what it is you need, or how much of it you need! Furthermore, using a kit avoids the painful discovery, halfway through an absorbing project, that you are missing a crucial piece of material!

An all in one kit from Sewbox
Kits are not only for beginners though. There are many kits available for the accomplished and advanced stitcher, for example the brilliant ‘Pattern Packs’ by These convenient packs contain all the items needed to make a particular outfit, including fabric, interfacing, notions etc, and actually cost less than buying all the items individually. More advanced still are the fabulous corset kits from These kits offer the opportunity to make beautiful vintage made-to-measure underwear at a fraction of the price it would cost to have made. On the other hand, an eye-catching or exclusive fabric might make a simple kit irresistible to the advanced sewer, such as the pincushion and needle case kits by Kotori Kits.

This post was brought to you by the letter K and Kotori Kits, chic sewing kits for adults and children alike.

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