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Tackle-Box Sewing Kit

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


With a little ingenuity and some elbow grease, you can turn a tag-sale find into a versatile and portable storage vessel. A metal fishing-tackle box, for example, can be transformed into a tidy sewing kit with orderly compartments. For ease and efficiency, neatly assemble all materials before starting the project.

Tackle-Box Sewing Kit
Tools and Materials

  • Kraft paper
  • Surgical gloves
  • Metal box
  • Fine-gauge steel wool
  • Scrubbing pads


  • Oil spray, such as WD-40
  • Small paintbrush
  • Damp rag or tack cloth
  • Sewing kit materials such as buttons, embroidery floss, fasteners, grosgrain ribbon, measuring tape, needle threader, needles, pin cushion, ruler, safety pins, scissors, straight pins, tailor's chalk, thimble, thread, and Velcro
  • Grosgrain-ribbon strips (technique follows)

Tackle-Box Sewing Kit How-To
1. Cover your work surface with kraft paper. Gently buff the interior and exterior of a metal box with steel wool to remove dirt or rust, but take care not to remove the paint or patina; use a scrubbing pad for particularly difficult areas. Oil the hinges with oil spray. Dust off surfaces with paintbrush, and thoroughly wipe surfaces with a damp rag or tack cloth. Do not use strong cleaning solutions or solvents, as their residue could damage sewing supplies.

2. Organize sewing supplies within the box (for example, line bottom with spools of thread, and fill compartments with small items). Make grosgrain-ribbon strips, and mount them inside the lid of the box with Velcro tape to conveniently hold spools or needles.

Grosgrain-Ribbon Strips
Tools and Materials

  • 2 lengths of 1-inch wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Straight pins
  • Spool of thread
  • Needle
  • Sewing machine, optional
  • Velcro tape

Grosgrain-Ribbon Strips How-To
Measure a piece of ribbon to fit inside the lid of the box. Secure the end of the second length of ribbon (about twice as long as the first) to the first with a straight pin. Place a spool of thread between the two ribbons (one ribbon should lie flat while the other arches over the spool); secure ribbons together with a straight pin. Continue pinning ribbons into sections to accommodate spools. Stitch ribbons together by hand or with a sewing machine. Affix to the inside of a sewing kit with Velcro tape.

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