Here is a picture of a Housewife. Not sure what they issue today in the modern navy but these certainly came in handy for sewing names onto shirts, trousers, blankets and the occasional button. If you still have a housewife scan it and send in your pictures.
What do you know… I was advised today that this is no longer called a ‘Housewife’ it has had a name change to ‘sewing kit’. Give me strength!!
A similar Housewife but with real RED stitching..
Another Housewife from 1948