A Victorian Sewing Kit to Make

This Victorian sewing kit has everything a Victorian lady would require her sewing needs. The sewing kit below was published in Harper’s Bazaar, 1896. The article has been edited for use on this site.

A Dainty Gift

The little article I am about to describe requires skilful fingers to manufacture it, but the result, when completed, well repays the labor.

Cut two pieces of card-board, each two and a half inches long and one and three-quarters wide, cover them with rose-colored satin, and place between sufficient firm wool wadding o occupy a space one-fourth of an inch thick. Put a piece of white satin ribbon one-quarter of an inch wide over the edge of the wadding, and sew the pieces of satin-covered card-board to the edges of the ribbon with what used to be called “over-and-over” stitch; put a row of pins, in clusters of four, around it.

Next cut a strip of satin seven inches long and two and half inches wide, one end of which must be square, the other pointed; line with a strip of Canton flannel, and over it put a strip of very fine white wool flannel. Or a strip of fine broadcloth can be substitute, in which case the interlining will not be needed. Across the square end sew a strip of pink satin an inch and a half deep for a pocket — this is to hold six white and six black glove buttons — and above it put half a dozen glove needles. Then, commencing at the point, bind the entire strip with pink silk braid, leaving an end six inches long before you begin to bind, and another six inches long at the end.

Sew the square end to the little pin-cushion, wind the satin strip around it, and tie with the braid left at the point for the purpose.

Before lining the strip of satin it should be lettered. This needs a hand practiced in the use of the brush; it could also be done by a skilled needle-woman in outline stitch with split filo-silk. The lettering suggested herewith makes the gift specially applicable to members of the King’s Daughters. Of course it can be changed according to circumstances. About half an inch below where the pointed end is shaped put the following words:

          Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters.                       
         --- Isaiah, xxxli.20.          ________

“And still beyond your household duties reaching,
       Stretch forth a helping hand;
So many stand in need of loving comfort
       All over this wide land.

Perchance some soul you aid to-day,
       To-morrow may with the angels sing;
Some one may go straight from your earthly table
       To breakfast with the King.”
Instead of the lettering, any other decoration — a light etching or water-color painting — can be substituted, and makes the gift capable of wider application. It forms an inexpensive and unpretending gift, which yet carries with it the evidence of loving forethought and the dainty touch of the careful worker.


Of course, you may want to substitute common white and black buttons to put in the pocket of this Victorian Sewing kits as glove buttons are not used as often today as they were then. Also, a nice variety of regular standard sewing needles could replace the glove needles specified.

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