5 Reasons To Pack a Sewing Kit For Survival

A sewing kit is one of those items that doesn’t get much recognition as something to pack in a survival kit. When it comes to sewing, I am not someone you would come to and ask to make your daughter’s prom dress. My skills are incredibly basic. I can darn socks and rudimentary fix other holes or tears in clothing. They are not pretty but they are functional. 

Pack a Sewing Kit

Survival situations may dictate limited clothing and gear. These situations will also cause you to be harder on your gear and clothing than you normally are. This means that those items will need to be repaired. However, there are few other reasons as to why I pack a basic sewing kit. But before we get into the list here is what a basic sewing kit looks like to me. 

Items to include are:

  • Thread. The kind of thread is up to you but I do recommend having a few different colors. The colors are not for matching up with the article being worked on, but quite the opposite. It can be hard to see what has been sewn so I will use a colored thread that stands out so that I can see what I am doing
  • A soft ruler that rolls up
  • Safety pins
  • Buttons. Be sure to include a variety of different sizes
  • Needles. Be sure to include a variety of different sizes
  • Small scissors. Do not skimp on the quality of the scissors. Invest in a good, sharp, pointed pair

Fix Buttons

Whether keeping your coat shut to protect against a bitter wind or on your pants to help keep them up, buttons are an underestimated piece on clothing and gear. 

When I was younger, if a button broke I would toss the clothing item aside and not wear it until someone else could fix it. Good luck doing that in a survival situation! Repairing a button is quite simple so I highly recommend looking up a video tutorial and practice, practice, practice!

Repair a Tear

I have repaired a ton of clothing and other gear that has been torn due to sharp thorns, sticks, or because it simply wore out. I have put a lot of holes in socks over the years. Repairing holes in socks is important in keeping your feet protected. By not repairing them your feet are more prone to cuts and blisters. 

Use the Ruler 

There are times in a survival situation when being able to measure something can be quite helpful, such as when making projects or marking off distances. Many sewing kits come with a soft ruler that rolls up. They are lightweight, compact, and take up minimal space. 

Use the Scissors 

I will admit that it took me quite a long time to come around to using scissors because I have always carried a pocketknife. But as I got older slowing down and safety became more important. Many cutting tasks can be done with scissors over using a knife. Using scissors rather than a knife will greatly reduce the chances of cutting yourself. 

First Aid 

The following is for educational purposes only and not to be used as proper medical advice. 

In the situation where a fully functional first aid kit is not available and the body has sustained a cut, a sewing kit may be able to fill in. The needle and thread can stand in as improvised stitches to close a wound.

Depending on the wound and what is available, stitches may not always be the best option. Additionally, certain techniques work best and the needle and thread should be sterilized if possible. If stitching yourself up is something that you think you could do, please research this topic thoroughly!

Wrap Up

The above list are my main reasons for carrying a sewing kit. I am sure there many more and if you have additional ideas please feel free to sound off in the comment section below.

Bryan Lynch
Written by Bryan Lynch

Bryan grew up in the Midwest and spent every waking moment outdoors. Learning how to hunt, fish, read the land and be self-reliant was part of everyday life. Eventually he combined his passions for the outdoors, emergency preparedness, and writing. His goal was to spread positive information about this field. Recently, Bryan authored the book Swiss Army Knife Camping and Outdoor Survival Guide. Read more of Bryan's articles.

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