Do you draw a blank when the class materials list says to bring a BSK? We asked staff members what they like to include when they create their BSKs, or Basic Sewing Kits.

1. Iron and pressing mat

2. Pins and pincushion

3. Shears (bent handles) and scissors (straight handles)

4. Needles for machine and handwork

5. Threads

6. Marking tools (chalk, water-soluble marker, silver pencil)

7. Seam ripper

8. Rotary cutter

9. Acrylic ruler with 1/4" markings (6x24" is a basic size)

10. Self-healing cutting mat