Sunday, 5 April 2015

What’s in your bag?

Thank you so much for your comments of support about the custom bag. They really took away any niggling doubts I had that I did the right thing. 

As I haven’t got any sewing to show I thought I’d show you something different, the contents of my sewing bag. I like to keep in this little bag (it was first attempt at making a quilted bag) all the essential items I need whenever I’m sewing.

Here we go:

Plasters (or band aids for our friends over the pond) – for when needles or pins attack!!!

Light and dark tacking threads

Small scissors

Vanishing fabric marker pens

Sewing needles (and a safety pin)

Left-handed tape measure – yes they really do exist...

Flower head pins

Thread nipper

Seam ripper


Thimbles – and a little sticky-tape to help it say on my finger...

Measuring gauge

Needle grippers

Sewing gauge/point turner

Hera marker – for making creases/marks on fabric

Seam presser

Compensation plates – when starting to sew through thick layers of fabric, these little bits of plastic slip under the machine foot to keep it level

What do you keep in your sewing bag?

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS why not pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.


  1. Interesting. I didn't know some of those gadgets existed. The lefthanded tape measure or the seam presser. I have a tupperware box, where I keep the sewing tools I use most often.

    1. The seam presser is a great little gadget for when I'm working with vinyl as the seams can't be pressed with an iron. Plus it's so useful for pressing small patchwork seams. Saves having to use an iron.

      A left-handed tape measure has the numbers going from right to left which is easier for us lefties to read. I've also got a left-handed ruler as well xx

  2. This is an education to me too, not being particularly good at sewing myself. I love your little gadget collection and the tape on the thimble is a very good idea.

    1. I've got very thin fingers so find the sticky tape stops the thimble from falling off xx

  3. great to see whats in a crafters bag :) thanks for sharing! x

  4. I love all your gadgets, I love the idea of a needle gripper, sometimes its just so tough to push it through some materials.

    1. The Patchwork Fairy got me into needle grippers after she mentioned how good they were in her blog. I don't know how I managed without them... xx

  5. This is so interesting. I learned about some new items I had not seen before.

  6. I have several of your contents in my sewing bag - even same pair green scissors ! Weird huh? I also have poppers and safety pins and quilters tape!

  7. It's always interesting to see what other people use. I recognise the compensation plates. Your contents clearly mark you out as a serious sewist!