My Year of Gifting Embroidery – Car Emergency Kit

Hello all. I hope everyone is having a wonderful month. I love March. The weather gets cooler – but you can still wear your summer gear, daylight saving hasn’t ended yet – so the evenings are still long, and it is only 4 weeks until the school holidays.

This week it is my father-in-law’s birthday.  David is 81 on Thursday, and like many his age wants for nothing.  Normally we would give David a hardware gift card, but they are looking at moving into a retirement village this year, and don’t need more “things”, however last year David and Jean (mother-in-law) had an incident where their car broke down in the evening, and they were stuck out on a road for hours, without a flashlight or anything – so a gift idea was born.

My car emergency kit uses designs from the Edwards Garage design collection, and is quick to make.

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  • .5m heavy weight denim fabric
  • 30cm lining fabric
  • 30cm net fabric
  • 30cm wadding
  • 2 x 35cm zippers to match the heavy weight fabric
  • 1 magnetic closure set
  • 2m x 38mm bias binding for the binding of the kit
  • Edwards Garage embroidery designs by Julie Hall Designs
  • Embroidery threads to complete embroidery
  • Stabiliser, Bobbin thread for embroidery
  • Sewing thread to match heavy weight fabric


All seam allowances are 6mm

If you use a lighter weight fabric, line your bag with heavy weight wadding, as well as the lining fabric.


  1. From the denim, cut a rectangle, 50x30cm.
  2. From the denim, cut two rectangles 12x30cm
  3. From the lining fabric, cut a rectangle 33 x 30cm
  4. From the net fabric, cut a rectangle 32x30cm
  5. From the wadding, cut a rectangle 50x30cm

    Car Emergency Kit - Cut Fabrics

    Car Emergency Kit – Cut Fabrics

  6. Working with the 50x30cm rectangle of denim, fold the denim in half (making a 25x30cm rectangle), then mark up the centre point of this rectangle.
  7. Working with the centre point, hoop together your stabiliser and denim.
  8. Load your chosen embroidery design onto your embroidery machine, and stitch out your embroidery design.
  9. Remove the design from the hoop, and press.
  10. Take the lining fabric, and join to the denim rectangles (12x30cm), sandwiching the zipper in between.
  11. Take the netting and join to the external side of the zipper, to form the pocket.
  12. Sandwich the wadding between the wadding and the external embroidered rectangle, and trim to ensure all are the same size.
  13. Use a CD (or a similar rounded object) to round off the corners of the rectangle.  Trim
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  14. Working with the lining and wadding mark the half way point across the width of the kit, and then 2.5cm down.  Mark
  15. Use the back of the magnetic clasp to mark out the cutting points.  Cut two small holes.
  16. Insert the magnetic clasp and secure through the denim and the wadding.
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  17. Pin all three layers together, stitch all the way across the middle of the kit.
  18. Attach the bias binding to the outside of the kit.
  19. Fold the bias binding over, and hand stitch to complete.

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