It’s an annoying inconvenience to be away from home and have a mending emergency. A ripped seam, a torn hem, a popped button or some other type of clothing malfunction can be irritating enough to make you cranky and revealing enough to make you cut your trip short. Put together an emergency mending kit to keep in your purse or car to do a quick fix on any unexpected clothing issue.
An emergency mending kit can be small. The purpose is to quickly fix any clothing issue you have so you can finish what you are doing and mend it permanently when you get home. Anything you use can be replenished when you get home, so there is no need to carry an excessive amount of anything in the kit. You just need the basics to meet any issue.
A couple of regular sew on buttons in a large and a small size should be included. To make your fix easier and quicker, include a button that has a loop on the back. This type of button is called a shaft button and you can make a quick fix for a popped button by attaching a shaft button with a small safety pin.
A few assorted safety pins can make quick work of any mending job. You can attach a button quickly, pull a busted zipper together or pin a rip together.
Needle and Thread
A basic, neutral thread color such as white or black would be a good choice for your emergency mending kit. If size and space is an issue, cut a length of each color, thread each piece through a needle and include the threaded needles in your kit.
A roll of masking tape can quickly fix a torn hem until it can be fixed later. Masking tape can help with a number of other clothing malfunctions and is a must-have. If carrying a large roll of masking tape takes up too much space, tear off a long piece then roll it up so it is compact and ready for use.
Adhesive Hook and Loop Tape
Small sections of hook and loop tape with adhesive backing are a good addition to an emergency mending kit. Packages of round or square hook and loop pieces can be found at sewing or craft stores or you can cut strips for the kit then trim as needed.
A small pair of scissors are a definite must for an emergency mending kit. Most sewing supply or craft stores sell small scissors that will fold for better portability.
Keep your mending kit in a plastic zipper bag or a small plastic container. Keep it handy – in your purse, suitcase or car. Be sure to replace any item that you take out so you are never caught out without everything you need to quickly fix any clothing issues that arise.