Survival Item – Emergency Sewing Kit

Tough Survivalist Guy with Sewing Gear

Nothing screams rough and tough survivalist guy like carrying a good old fashion manly sewing kit!

Alright, so that may be pushing it a little far.

In reality most people would probably laugh at the thought of a grown man carrying a sewing kit for survival. But who cares! Just because most people wouldn’t think of packing one, doesn’t mean you should overlook its importance.

In my opinion, having a sewing kit is an essential part of being prepared and has many uses out in the wilderness.

What should be in a good Survival Sewing Kit?

To start with your kit should be able to:

  • repair clothing.
  • fix a ripped tent or tarp.
  • mend backpacks, sleeping bags, and gear.
  • and in an extreme emergency, be able to stitch up a wound.

A survival sewing kit is usually pretty small and often contains items that might not be in an ordinary run of the mill kit. For instance, instead of regular sewing thread, I like to pack dental floss or braided fishing line in my kit. The reason I do this, is because of its ability to be used for more than just sewing.

Braided fishing line is a lot stronger than thread, and is a far better option when putting together a survival sewing kit.

Here are a couple of things that you may want to add to your survival sewing kit:

  1. Buttons
  2. Various Size Needles
  3. Thimble to push needles through heavy tarps or animal hides.
  4. Self-cutting grommets for tarps and tents
  5. Duct Tape – To add strength to torn fabric before sewing.
  6. Thick rubber, plastic, and canvas patches
  7. Small scissors
  8. Braided fishing line, Nylon Thread or dental floss – Much stronger than regular thread.
  9. Shoe Goo – This stuff is great for repairing shoes, waders, rubber boots, and torn backpacks or tents.

Best Commercial Emergency Sewing Kits:

While I always prefer putting together my own kits, there are a couple of good emergency kits on the market for those who don’t have the time.

McNett Tactical Field Fix Kit

McNett Tactical Sewing Kit

The McNett Tactical Field Fix Kit is one of the best prepackaged emergency sewing kits I’ve seen. While it doesn’t include everything, the bag gives you more than enough room to add specific sewing gear to fit your needs.

The Kit comes stock with:

  • 1’’ x ¾’’ Quick Attach Sternum Strap with Tri-Glide
  • 1 ½’’ Quick Attach Side Release Buckle and Latch
  • 1 ½’’ Ladder Lock
  • Ten Feet 550 Paracord in Coyote Color
  • 2″ x 50″ Roll of Tan Duct Tape
  • Two Clear Tenacious Tape Patches (3″ x 5″)
  • ¼ oz. Tube Seam Grip
  • #16 Sewing Needle
  • #18 Sewing Needle
  • Five Yards Heavy-Duty Thread
  • Two #30 Buttons in Coyote Color
  • Two Safety Pins
  • Two, 8″ Cable Ties
  • Two, 4″ Cable Ties
  • No-See-Um Patch (4’’ x 6’’)
  • Three Alcohol Prep Pads

It retails for about $15 on Amazon

Best Glide Adventurer Series Survival Sewing and Repair Kit

Best Glide Adventurer Series Sewing Kit

The Best Glide Adventurer Series kit is another top quality kit that will provide you with the basics, plus some gear that you won’t find in your average travel sewing kit. Going beyond just the basics, the kit includes Kevlar Thread, Brass Wire, Type 1A Utility Cord, and some Duct Tape.

It retails for about $12


  1. Randy Hahn
    January 11, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Fishing line is an excellent idea, never thought of that, it will be in my sewing kit from now on. A great alternative to fishing line, is NYLON thread. it is does not rott in wet weather and has much better strength than cotton thread. My wife intorduced me to the Nylon thread, when she was repairing some of my Army combat trousers. But the fishing line is definitley going in my sewing kit in my Bug out Bag.

  2. Mark B
    January 19, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I do some sewing as a hobby and I found I can put a nice length of monofilament onto a sewing machine bobbin that fits in a sewing kit quite nicely. Plus the small spool makes using the line for actually fishing with a handline a bit more manageable.
    Nice site very good information, well presented. Thanks.

  3. Mark B
    January 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Forgot to say…Use the sewing machine to spin the line onto the bobbin.

    • N .G. Nauen
      May 27, 2016 at 3:01 am

      You can also yous an anchor to finger spin together I
      Often spun together Just watch out for Kinks wind on to
      Large Bobbin.

  4. Paul
    January 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Kevlar thread is Real strong and comes in different colors, that’s an item worth having in any kit

  5. bdog1
    September 17, 2012 at 8:21 am

    All good stuff! I’m adding a needle to my fishing kit!

  6. Bea
    December 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    A great way to make a sewing kit is to use a TALL used medicine bottle. Room enough to put buttons in the bottom, bobbins of thread(different sorts), needles, fold-up sissors, thimble, etc. Exactly holds a LOT.

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