1. All-purpose polyester thread, especially in frequently used colors (black, white, navy, khaki, and gray).
2. Sharps (hand-sewing needles).
3. Tailor’s chalk (to mark measurements) and ruler.
4. Straight pins with ball heads (so you don’t get poked).
5. Iron, ironing board, and pressing cloth (a clean pillowcase works great).
6. Embroidery scissors.
7. Iron-on fusible interfacing (such as Heat’n Bond Iron-On Adhesive; $10, walmart.com).
8. Seam ripper (to remove errant stitches).