This section is from the "Hand Sewing Lessons" book, by Sarah Ewell Krolik. Also available from Amazon: Hand Sewing Lessons: A Graded Course For Schools And For The Home.
Pupils should have aprons, books for models, paper and cloth to practice on, thimbles, scissors, and measures of their own, and thread, needles, pins, wax, and emery balls for desks or for class use at tables. Convenient boxes are of strong, thin Manila cardboard, that close like envelopes, and fasten with a string. They are seven inches wide, ten inches long, and one inch high. If strong Manila envelopes are used, they should be about two inches wider. Cloth bags are also used. They are drawn up with an open string, the ends of which are wound around the top in opposite directions and tied. A case of pigeon-holes is convenient for storing work-boxes. Use a rubber band to hold the leaves containing the models. Cut sixty-inch cloth measures into ten-inch lengths to supply classes.