Day 17: Mom’s Essential Kit

My soul thrifty sister Brooke from All Things Thrifty is here to show you how to make a mom’s essential kit that fits perfectly in a purse, bag or diaper bag.  This is so cute.  I must make one.  What mom wouldn’t love this?

 

 

 Saved pennies spilling out of a Santa stocking.

 

 

 

Hi, I am Brooke from All Things Thrifty! I am so excited to be visiting here at Infarrantely Creative today! Beckie asked me to participate in Pennywise Presents a few weeks ago, and I decided from the get go that I wanted to make something useful for my friends for Christmas. Spending a lot of moola is never on my to do list, and living a thrifty life is what I am ALL about. So, I’ve had this project brewing on my brain for a while. :)

I have to tell you the reasons why I chose to make a "Mom’s ultimate survival kit." I am not one of those well-prepared, have-everything-they-need type of Mom. In fact, I am the Mom that forgets EVERYTHING. I am not proud of this. A kit like this would have come in handy in my life countless times. I never have a band-aid when I need one. I hardly ever have tissues on hand when one of my children is in dire need. I am just plain, not good at this stuff. My oldest is 7 years old, and you would think I would learn. I am definitely getting better…but still I find myself wishing I had some essential Mom items with me at all times. So, I decided to make MOM’S ULTIMATE SURVIVAL KIT as my Pennywise Presents project! I decided to include the essential items that Moms could use in their purses, and since I have young children and so do most of my good friends, the items reflect the necessities of a young mother. I started out by doing research. I asked around. I even Googled it. I came up with the main, repeating items to put into my kit. Plus I have some experience of my own. :)

I headed to the dollar store. I had a few items on hand, but I needed to pick up a few more. My list of essentials are: Tissues…because nothing is worse than green goo coming out of a child’s nose. Wet wipes…because sticky is a Mom’s middle name. Bobby pins….to pin back a wild hair in a moment’s notice. A small note pad…because I tend to write myself notes on the back of old receipts A LOT because I cannot find a piece of paper. :) A comb…because if you have little girls, it will come in handy to do a quick touch up in the parking lot. Pens…because pens seem to disappear, and it helps to have one nearby at all times. Hand sanitizer…because germs are a kid’s best friend. Gum…to freshen your breath. Clippers…for the surprise hangnail. Scissors…for the necessary snip of unexpected items! Tweezers….for the occasional sliver. Dum dum suckers…because sometimes a sucker is the only thing that will keep my kiddos quiet in a store. Lip gloss…because lip gloss always makes me feel a little better. Tylenol…in case of a headache…plus most of my friends are pregnant right now, so Tylenol is the only thing we can take! Hair elastics…because my girls decide to take their newly-done hairdos out all the time. Chocolate…for a little treat when you need it the most. :) Banda-ids…for boo boos and Safety pins…for the emergency situations that we have all experienced. (Like when my daughter’s skirt kept falling down to her knees at church.) I spent about $15.00, but I have almost enough stuff to make three more kits. I found a piece of scrap fabric sitting in one of my drawers, and started the process by laying out the products across the fabric. I wanted to make sure that I had enough fabric to fit it all.

I began by hemming the bottom edge of the fabric, and then I folded it up over the items to create little pouches for each product. I carefully marked how wide each pouch should be with a pencil, and one by one I sewed the lines into place. I was careful to only sew one at a time because I wanted the items to fit snug.

I purposely designed the pouches to run vertically across the project because I wanted to create a "kit" that would fit into any woman’s purse. The items will fit snuggly inside the pouches and then it will roll up to be compact!

After I had sewn pouches into my fabric, I hemmed the top of the fabric to finish the edge.

I put a few items in the same pouches to make a better use of space.

The kit was ready! Now, I just needed to make it fit into a Mom’s purse! I rolled it up into a tight ball.

I tied a ribbon around the kit for looks and to fasten it tightly. Then, I made a cute felt flower to adorn the outside. :) I will be posting instructions on how to make this flower on All Things Thrifty in the next few days. Sidenote: The flower is removable and has a pin on the back to use as a brooch.  

As you can see, the essential items are nice and snug in the kit.

But, when you need it, the items are just a reach away!

I thought it turned out cute!

Being a Mom is the most rewarding job in the world. I have learned a lot of lessons, and why not make your friends something to make their lives a tad bit easier!

Overall cost of 1 kit: Less than $5.00. I found this poem, and I thought it was darling!

It describes my life to a T! Thank you Beckie for having me!





Comments

  1. Thank you for making this! It is a wonderful idea and I know many will benefit from it. I had to laugh because I carry a small cosmetic bag in my purse which is loaded (my mom always had everything a person could need in her purse but in tiny quantities!) and my youngest is 11! Dum Dums have now been replaced by organic suckers (thank you amazon for great prices!!) and mints have become a necessity with teenagers.

  2. Bonnie@Creative Decorating says:

    I was going to buy one of these divider things for my purse but kept passing on it to spend the money elsewhere! I have all these supplies and can now make one!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. What a great idea!! I love the fact that it would not be in the bottom of my purse un-findable (which is the usual location for most of these things).

  4. I love this! You should sell them. I currently use a ziplock bag with many of these same items, but this it much prettier.

  5. Smith Family says:

    This is absolutely genius! I absolutely identify with being the Mom who never has this stuff on hand! What a great idea!

    I also have a blog for Mom's and am doing a giveaway for Christmas! Head over to enter.

    http://abeautifulcottagehome.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-giveaway.html

  6. amber bingham says:

    What a thoughtful gift. Well done!

  7. I am so loving this. It is a great idea and any mom would love it :) I might be making one for myself.

  8. I love this. I currently use a cosmetics bag, like another commenter. I went back to college, and can't tell you how many times random classmates ask me if I have ___ (kleenex, band-aid, advil, clippers, etc). And usually, when I hand it over, they comment that they knew I would have it cause I'm a mom.

  9. momof3girls says:

    I love this -great project! (and great photos) thanks!

  10. this is perfect for any mom and I love how you can customize it too.

  11. Holly Days Closet says:

    This would be so great to put in a diaper bag as well I'm going to make one for my daughter she's working on my 2nd grand baby.
    Holly

  12. I'm not even a mom and I'm loving this idea. It will keep my purse in order!!!

  13. lisa winnett says:

    What a great idea. We all could use that. Thank you so much.

  14. Papi and Wee Granny says:

    Now I know what to do with all those fat quarters…

  15. I just made one of these! It's A-MA-ZING! I'm keeping the first one for myself.

  16. Madison Chase says:

    Oh, I love this! If I find the perfect fabric to go with my purses I'll give it a try. Or maybe I should make more than one. One for each purse. That's a lot of sewing…

  17. Cheryl Swoverland says:

    I love it. I spent a little over $50 each for my three daughters for Christmas for a similar item . I really liked them and the girls are thrilled. I now wish, however, that I had seen this project earlier. Must try this for myself since I couldn’t afford to get myself one.

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