I love IKEA. I have loved it since I first discovered it 25 years ago. When I was mobilized to the Washington, DC area after 9/11 for a year, I furnished my apartment in 100% IKEA. It was then that I discovered this amazing little secret.
The IKEA sewing kit is the BEST.
While it's changed quite a bit since I bought one 14 years ago, it's essentially the same.
For a small investment of $15, you get a lot of basic sewing items. My favorite item is the large pair of IKEA scissors. While these aren't quite my lovely Gingher sewing and craft scissors, I must confess they're a really great pair of scissors for cutting material. Plus you get a seam ripper, a funky needle threader, and some ergonomic clippers.
But that's just the first side. On the other side of the kit you get a box of straight needles, various sizes of safety pins, sewing needles, measuring tape, two thimbles, a stencil kit (in case you're in college and need to identify your things from your roommates) and a curious little hemming contraption along with some pink tailor's chalk.
And it zips up into a tidy little compact kit for storage. It's perfect for the college student heading out in life - ready to face the world, sew on buttons, fix minor sewing issues, rips, or hems. So of course, I bought this one for Primogeniture. Because I think every child - male or female - should know the basics.
And my other favorite IKEA item is the three-pack of scissors for having around the house. These are great to have in the kitchen, office, (older) kids' rooms, bathroom, etc. At just $1.99 a three-pack, you can afford to buy a few of these and let everyone have their own pair of scissors. Plus you can keep these separate from your sewing scissors. I was always taught not to use your sewing scissors for paper and other household cutting.
So there you have it. My plug for a trip to IKEA to enhance your craft room supplies for under $17.00.