Several people have wondered how I manage to get so much sewing done at the ice skating rink. I thought I'd take a few minutes to share a couple of my "sew on the go" strategies.
I can store needles, pins, scissors, thread and a thimble all in the tiny tin that my scissors came in. It doesn't take up much space at all and it stays ready to go. I've also made up a tiny sewing kit in a film canister with several bobbins full of thread, a thimble, a thread cutter and a few pins and needles.
Grandmother's Flower Garden is a classic hand sewing pattern. Any kind of applique is a good choice. English Paper piecing would be perfect as well. I try to avoid starting a new project just so I have handwork, but I do scan ahead in my ongoing projects to find the parts that might best be done by hand. I spent quite a bit of time this summer working on embroidery and crochet, but I found that I didn't stick with them over the long term.
Sew, if your want to sew more on the go, (sorry) just think about what you can get set up and put into a bag for the next time you have to rush out in order to hurry and wait. It is amazing how much you can do while everyone else is sitting around being bored.