In many places where MCC works, sewing skills open doors to additional income that can help a family make ends meet. These kits are often given through MCC-supported programs that teach sewing or tailoring and provide the tools to make and mend clothing or to begin a business.

1,600 kits shipped last year to Ukraine and Zambia.

Contents (NEW items only) 

  • 3 spools white thread (all-purpose; cotton/poly or 100% polyester; minimum 250 yds.)
  • 3 spools black thread (all-purpose; cotton/poly or 100% polyester; minimum 250 yds.)
  • 1 sewing tape measure (plastic or fiberglass; 150 cm; inch markings optional)
  • 1 thimble (metal; medium size)
  • 1 dressmaker shears (good quality)
  • 1 package needles (minimum 25; assorted sizes)
  • 1 package straight pins (minimum 80; round plastic heads preferred)
  • Shirt-style buttons (12; black or white; size ½–1 inch; place loose buttons in a resealable plastic bag)
  • Sew-on snaps (minimum 20; assorted sizes)
  • Safety pins (minimum 10; assorted sizes)

Sewing kits are distributed in a useful double drawstring cloth bag (11¾in x 16¾in). You may:

  • sew the bag yourself,
  • request bags from an MCC material resources center or 
  • donate contents that we will place in a bag.

 Bring completed sewing kits to an MCC drop-off location.