diy ballet sewing kit

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

Are you a ballet dancer? Do you have a ballet student in your life? Are you looking for a little gift for a dancer that is cheap AND will impress? Maybe you should make a handy sewing kit!

 DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

Sewing kits are a must for dancers. They are easy to throw together, and most items can be found at a dollar store or around the house, so you won’t have to spend much cash on things that will be sitting alongside sweaty tights. Sewing kits are also a great way to impress ballet teachers, and could very well secure a lead role in the next production. Or perhaps get you promoted from Shrub #3 to Party Onlooker! When I see a kid with a sewing kit? Well, it really helps me look past that underwear sticking out from under a bodysuit.

Let’s begin. First, you’ll need a small tin. You could use something from the dollar store, a little candy tin, or a vintage tin you stole from a senile relative bought on Etsy. It should be something small and sturdy – bonus points if it’s cute. Tins will generally hold up to a good tossing in a ballet bag. (Make sure the lid fits tightly.) At a mere 3 inches square (and only 1.5 inches deep), my kit takes up no room in a dance bag.

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

Safety pins in a variety of sizes really come in handy when things need to be held up or together. Like, for example, when a bodysuit strap explodes. And sewing needles? Well, they make sewing way easier.

To make safety pins easy to find, glue a magnet to the underside of the tin’s lid. (I used an old fridge magnet.) Attach a strip of felt by gluing only the ends to the lid, and you’ve got an easy way to secure straight pins and sewing needles. See how the sharp ends are tucked under the felt?

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

If there’s anything I’ve learned after teaching for 20+ years, it’s that you can never have too many pairs of scissors or too much thread in your dance bag. Pink thread is a must for female dancers, black/white/beige is great for guys and gals. Teeny-tiny scissors can be found in cheap sewing kits and at craft stores. Throw in a seam ripper and needle threader if you can.

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

Buttons, snaps, hooks and eyes are a fast-fix for nearly any wardrobe malfunction, and are often overlooked in sewing kits. Show up for recital with these in your bag and your teacher will finally forgive you for that stunt you pulled on stage last year.

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

You don’t have to use a super-cool tiger measuring tape – a little fabric one will serve just fine. Pointe shoe ribbons/elastics and elastics for ballet slippers can be found at your local dance store or online. I like to bundle these things together with hair elastics, as you can never have too many hair elastics at a dance studio. If you/your dancer doesn’t wear pointe shoes, leave out the pointe ribbon/elastic. For male dancers, emergency elastic should match the colour of his ballet slippers – white, black and tan are the most common colours.

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

DIY ballet sewing kit | movita beaucoup

Once you’ve collected your supplies, jam ’em into the tin and you’re good to go! Throw that little tin into a dance bag, and you’re prepared for any shoe/wardrobe emergency that might come your way. Except for toilet emergencies. A number of my students have dropped their bodysuits into toilets over the years. A sewing kit can’t help you here.


  1. Laura V on February 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    There must be an unspoken law of attraction between bodysuits and toilets, because I’ve had 3 students drop their’s in this year alone. There’s also been exploding soup in dance bags…

    • movita beaucoup on February 19, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      One of my students dropped her bodysuit into the toilet right before her Grade 3 ballet exam, and another just before going on stage at the recital. Can you imagine doing either of those things in a wet (toilet water) suit? GAH!

      Also, about 13 kids have LOST A TOOTH in my classes over the years. Something about me?

      • Laura V on February 20, 2015 at 3:32 am

        That has to be some kind of a record! Maybe you give off a tooth fairy-like quality that draws them to you?

        I had a kid show up for photo day in a light pink leotard that had unintentionally been tie-dyed by some strawberries leaking in her bag. Some day they will learn that food and dance bags do not mix!

  2. Cecilia on February 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I’m not the sewing type, even if I would like to be, but I totally enjoyed your post, Thanks for sharing.

    • movita beaucoup on February 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks, Cecilia!!

  3. themondaybox on February 22, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Having been a Scottish Dance Mom for many years, I was fascinated to compare a ballet sewing kit must haves with Scottish Dance sewing kit must haves. Elastic is a common denominator…as well as the inability to instantly salvage toilet dipped items such as kilt pleats. Your detailed sewing kit suggestions will thrill Dance Moms everywhere!

    • movita beaucoup on February 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Oh, I adore Scottish Dancing! And I can only imagine the effects of toilet water on kilts… SHUDDER!

    • shannon on March 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Wendy, someday i want to be able to say the words “having been a Scottish Dance Mom for many years…” and have it be a true statement. You are amazing.

      • themondaybox on March 2, 2015 at 11:45 pm

        Let me know when you want the name of the world’s most wonderful Scottish Dance teacher who happens to be in St. Louis! Wee One is the perfect age and this teacher is the kind of encouraging, caring person you would want in your daughter’s life. 🙂 I am not amazing….just a mom. 🙂

  4. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef on February 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I’m still trying to get my head around how you drop your clothes in the toilet. I think a class on taking garment down before hovering over the throne is required. 🙂

  5. thatskinnychickcanbake on February 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    No need for any ballet sewing kits in this family of uncoordinated people—maybe a first aid kit?

  6. shannon on March 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    seriously this is just a diy LIFE sewing kit. you’re so prepared.

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