How to make a mini travel sewing kit

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As part of this month’s Spring Clean theme, I am posting related articles to help with every day tasks and organisation. Today’s post is about creating a mini travel sewing kit for sartorial emergencies.

Whether you sew or not, it’s a good idea to carry a sewing kit in case you lose a button or a hem unravels. Here’s how I made my mine:

  1. 3 needles, 2 ready threaded
  2. small scissors or snips
  3. spare shirt buttons
  4. thread bobbin, with about 5 different coloured threads
  5. safety pins, in various sizes

Plus, a small container to hold the above items, such as an old sweet tin.

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Needles –

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Place 3 needles on a small fabric scrap. Thread 2 with white and black threads, leaving one spare. This will help save time in case you’re in a hurry.

 

Small scissors –

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If you have one from last year’s Christmas cracker, this is where it becomes useful. If not, raid your sewing kit or consider purchasing a pair.

Spare buttons –

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You could make a small paper envelope to store spare buttons, but I just usually keep 2 or 3 loose in the tin.

Thread bobbin –

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Wrap different coloured threads around a small piece of cardboard. The colours I use reflect the colour of the clothes I usually wear. Adapt the thread colours according to your daily wardrobe.  Add extra black and white thread, as these tend to be the most useful.

Safety pins –

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These are quick to use, if you don’t have time to do a temporary repair. I used a piece of ribbon to store my pins together, but you could use a small envelope, pin them on a fabric scrap or simply pin them together.

 

 

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Add the above 5 items in a box or tin, place in your every day travel bag*, and you will never be caught with a lost button or unraveled hem again.

*Note, if you’re travelling by air, chances are you will not be permitted to fly with sharp objects such as scissors. Check with your carrier before you add your sewing kit to your hand luggage.

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I hope you found this article useful, please comment below and add your suggestions. Do you carry a sewing kit? What’s in yours?

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The CT Show | Champagne Twist

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Episode 2 of the CT Show

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Photography Exhibition Highlights

6 months ago, I hosted my first photography exhibition.

Here is a highlights video – I would love to hear your comments. Enjoy!

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Half year review – January to June 2016

It’s the beginning of July – I’m not quite sure how that happened so fast. It feels like I’ve only just packed away my Christmas decorations, and I’m still wearing winter clothes.  Time to do a half year review.

January

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Started my Great Big Sewing Challenge, a year long project to make clothes from my huge haberdashery stash.

Arts and crafts: Silk Cami top,

Recipes: Chocconut Honeycomb, Golden Honeycomb, Focaccia Bread

Events: What is luxury? V&A/Craft Council exhibition

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February

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In February I started planning for the growing season – including growing my own free food project. Sadly due to the rubbish weather and an army of slugs and snails, some of the plants have died, such as the fennel and dill. But the potatoes and lettuce seem to be doing well, which reminds me – stayed tuned for some recipes featuring my very own garden produce.

Arts and crafts: Bailen top, Liberty Lobelia top, Pineapple skirt

Recipes: Soda Bread, Wholemeal Shortcrust Pastry, Roman Bread

Events: Champers on Kollabora

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March

Highlight of the month has to be the Bloggers’ Market, which I reviewed here.

I joined Instagram, and I liked it! Actually, it’s becoming rather an addiction, please visit and subscribe to my Instagram link here.

Sadly, I posted about 2 very poor meals at the Potato Project and the Tea Rooms at the William Morris Gallery. Please avoid, if you value your taste buds.

Recipes: Apple and Celeriac Salad, Bajan Beer Bread, Coconut and Lime drizzle mini loaves

Events: Bloggers’ Market, Champagne Twist on Instagram

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April

I set to work on a little project – my first photography exhibition. I also visited the Gagosian Gallery, which was very disappointing.

Events: Avedon Warhol exhibition

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May

May was a busy month, marking my very first co-hosted photography exhibition!

Arts and crafts: Henley skirt, Ghislaine Chelsea Hair Tie

Events:  Paddington Views Photography Exhibition, Geffrye Museum, Lulu Guinness Modern Day Icons event, Book Review – The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner

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June

I revamped the Champagne Twist social network and started the 1 hour GBSB challenge.

Arts and crafts: Birdie Cami, Daisy Meadow Dress

Recipes: Potato, Asparagus and Cheese Tart, Elderflower and Pineapple Refresher

Events: Champagne Twist revamp, GBSB Challenge 

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What’s planned for the next 6 months:

There will be a 3/4 year review, planned for September, more about my sewing adventures and more recipes, including a … well I shall leave that as a surprise, please watch this space.

I am also developing a vlog, which, fingers crossed, will go live next month. You can see my videos here. I would love it if you would take a look, and leave comments. Don’t forget to subscribe both here and on my YouTube channel, so you’re kept up-to-date with all the latest from the Champagne Twist social network.

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Champagne with a Twist on Instagram

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I have been on Instagram for a month – I would be very grateful if you would join me at @champagne_twist, and share your photos, comments and suggestions. Please use #champerstea so I can find you.

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International Women’s Day

Hello all,

Looking for something to do to celebrate International Women’s Day? Like the idea of spending a cultural day in London?  I can recommend a fun filled afternoon at the Saatchi Gallery, where there are currently no less than 3 exhibitions. Last chance to see, as they all end tomorrow.

Champagne Life

Well an exhibition called Champagne Life could not be missed by this website! And it didn’t disappoint. An inspirational and thought provoking collection of art pieces which challenges the notion of ‘what is art’, and it’s role in our society. Featuring an all-female artist collective, this collection has something for everyone, and of the 3 exhibitions, this is my favourite.

Revelations: New Work by Aidan

With sculptures that wouldn’t look out of place on a Star Wars film set, this is a must see exhibition filled with drama and atmosphere. The artist showcases multi media art pieces which portrays the veiled female figure and celebrates female hegemony and self-sufficiency.

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Aidan – Black robbed figure white fabric panel Picture Source: http://www.saatchtigallery.com/current/revelations.php

XX: A Moment in Time

Described as an exhibition of new works by contemporary female street and graffiti artists. The showcase includes the work of prominent artist such as Mademoiselle Maurice, Elle and Aiko. Over the next few weeks my ‘Artist to Follow’ series will highlight some of the achievements of the artists featured in this and other exhibitions held in London.

So for the cost of a travel card, you can enjoy 3 free art exhibitions, in one venue, at fashionable Chelsea. As a deal, that is pretty hard to beat.

But what do you think? Have you had a chance to visit any of the exhibitions mentioned above. What are you planing to do to celebrate International Women’s Day?  Please comment below with your thoughts and recommendations.

Thanks for reading.

200 likes on Champagne with a twist!

Hello,

We’ve done it again! 200 likes on Champagne with a Twist!

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Once again, thank you all so much for your support. I didn’t think we would reach this milestone so quickly, so I’m very happy and grateful to you.  I still have loads of ideas and plans to share with you as I develop this network, and would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

Please keep  subscribing, liking and commenting, and lets see if we can reach another milestone.

Best, EK

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As part of the ongoing improvements on the Champagne with a Twist website, I have updated the contact page. I would love to hear what you think about the website, so please click the picture above or check it out here.

Look out for more posts including recent exhibitions, talks and my sewing adventures for 2016.  Also keep an eye out for food reviews, recipes, tech reviews, travel news, photography tips and DIY projects all here at Champagne with a Twist.

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20 followers on Champagne with a Twist!

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 23.28.15Well I asked for another milestone, and I got it. We’ve reached the 20 subscribers milestone!

Hello and welcome to my new followers and thank you to all my subscribers for your continued support. Reaching these milestones means so much to me, and I want to return that kindness by continuing to build and improve this corner of the webspace.

Please keep continuing to subscribe, like and comment, and lets see if we can reach another milestone soon.