The Mundane of Everyday Survival-The Sewing Kit

GOTH Sewing Kit on the left and BOB Sewing Kit on the Right

In line with my contention that most prepping sites spend an awful lot of time talking about politics and/or weapons here is an attempt on my part to change that. Just about every BOB/GOTH list out there has a sewing kit on it. What they don’t really talk about are minimum content requirements.
At a minimum, the items in your sewing kit are dual use. That is, if you can sew up a ripped pant leg with it then you can equally sew up a ripped leg. The thread and needles in a typical sewing kit are not designed for sewing up flesh but when needs must, they can double as a suture kit in a pinch although I would not necessarily plan on using it as such except in the complete absence of suitable suture material. The danger of introducing infection by using the thread in your kit is pretty high but in my book the risks of bleeding to death because you don’t suture a wound versus maybe getting an infection from dirty thread kind of balance out and there is a lot you can do as far as wound care to lessen the risks of infection even further.

I actually have two different sewing kits, one in my GOTH kit that has more in it and another, smaller kit in my BOB. I bought both at Exchange Military Clothing Sales stores while I was still in the Army but kits that are substantially the same are available commercially. My GOTH sewing kit is an ACU/ABU sewing kit from Vanguard and I have added some things to it and also repacked it a little. Rothco has a GI Style Sewing Kit that is almost exactly the same as my original kit except for the carrying pouch. My small kit in my BOB is a Raine Military Sewing Kitand can be bought commercially although the price on Amazon is about double what I paid for mine. There are plenty of other kits out there and which one you carry is really a matter of personal preference.

My GOTH sewing kit is 4in X 4.5 in X 1 in thick and weighs 65g while the one in my BOB is 3 in X 3 in X ½ in thick and only weighs 40g. I have a random stuff pouch on my BOB and that is where I keep my sewing kit. I am still in the process of tweaking my GOTH setup (and waiting for my new ruck to get back to me), so I have not finalized where it will be there but probably somewhere synonymous.

My handy matchbox needle carrier. I am sure you could find a small aluminum or plastic case for this but the matchbox works just as well and did not cost anything.

Let’s talk about contents. The absolute minimum gear you should have in your sewing kit are a needle, thread, and some spare buttons. My GOTH sewing kit has more than that, actually quite a bit, but my BOB kit has just the basics.  One thing I have done is put all the small loose items into small Ziploc bags to keep them from floating around inside the pouch and potentially getting dropped and lost when you open the pouch.  I also took all the needles and pins in my GOTH Sewing Kit and put them into a matchbox I had laying around.  This keeps the needles together and keeps me from sticking myself with them when I am digging around in the kit.

Here are the lists:

BOB Sewing Kit opened

BOB Sewing Kit Contents

  • Carrying Pouch – The pouch has three internal pockets to keep stuff organized
  • Thread – 2 spools; one black one green
  • Sewing Needles – 2
  • Safety pins – 2
  • Stick Pins – 2
  • One pair foldable scissors
  • Fatigue Buttons – 5
GOTH Sewing Kit opened

GOTH Sewing Kit Contents

  • Carrying Pouch – The pouch has one internal pocket and a bunch of elastic loops inside to keep stuff organized
  • Thread – 8 spools; 3 black, 2 green, 1 tan, 1 yellow, 1 white
  • Sewing Needles – 6
  • Safety pins – 4
  • Stick Pins – 4
  • One pair small scissors
  • Various Buttons – 12
  • Thimble
  • Needle Threader – 1
  • Measuring Tape – 5 feet long

Of Course here are the Amazon Links to sewing kits similar to the two kits I am using and have modified