My scissors all seem to sit in a drawer and then when it’s time to take them to class I have nothing to put them in and they just get thrown into the bag with everything else. I even have the perfect ruler for making the shape of the scissor holder. Follow along with me to see which ruler is perfect for this project and to make a quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps.
Yesterday I talked about 3 great reasons the Sunshine Mat Tote is a must for all quilters for taking your tools to class. Today’s scissor holder will fit quite nicely into one of the zippered pockets on the tote bag.
Scraps would be ideal to use as the basis for this piece but I don’t have any scraps as I gave them all away about a month ago to several ladies who enjoy scraps. Not really my thing so I have pulled out some coordinating fabrics from my stash to use for this project. I needed to add some sunshine to my studio so I chose rather bright and cheerful fabric.
Step 1: Cutting the fabrics
Cut varying widths of strips to create a piece 15″ x 20″. I cut my strips 3 different widths for a total of 8 strips.
Fabric 1: 2 – 3″ x 20″
Fabric 2: 2 – 2½″ x 20″
Fabric 3: 4 – 2″ x 20″
Backing: 1 – 18″ x 20″ – this piece will show on the inside of the scissor holder so I used another coordinating fabric to match the 3 on the front.
Batting: 1 – 18″ x 20″ – I used a 80/20 blend to get a bit more loft which will provide a bit more cushion for the scissors.
Step 2: Sewing the strips together
I opted to use the stitch and flip method of construction for this little project. Using this construction method means that the piece is quilted when the sewing of the strips together is done.
Check out my blog for complete instructions on how to construct a quilt with the stitch and flip method.
To start place the backing on the batting. You can baste them together with 505 Spray Adhesive if you wish but don’t pin as the pins will just be in your way. I just layered them together with no basting of any sort.
Place the first strip on the batting right side up and then pin the second strip to the first strip right sides together.
TIP Sew together using a walking foot since you are sewing through 3 layers and this will feed the fabrics along evenly.
TIP Use a thread in the bobbin that matches the backing material as the thread will show on the back as the quilting. I used red thread.
Press the piece over and continue with the next strip in the same fashion. Press after each strip is sewn in place.
Step 3: Cutting the pieces
I’ve had this wedge ruler in my ruler drawer for a good year now that I picked up at my local quilt shop last year as I was going to make a tree skirt with it and well as you know great plans don’t always materialize. I thought this would be the perfect ruler to cut my pieces with for the scissor holder.
Place the Sew Easy 10° wedge ruler on the fabric with the narrow end at the bottom and the wide end flush with the top edge of the fabric. Cut along each side to make a wedge.
Turn the wedge ruler around so that it fits along the diagonal edge of the fabric with the wide end at the bottom edge of the fabric and cut a second piece.
Make a marking line 10½″ from the bottom of the wedge and trim off the top bit. This piece will be used to make the front of the holder.
Leave the second piece the full length as it will be the back and fold over to make a closure.
Tomorrow I’ll be finishing the edges with one of these threads from Sulky Blendables.
Well, I’m well on my way to having a quilted scissor holder for at least one pair of my scissors and maybe by the end of the day tomorrow I’ll have more than one as I do seem to have many pairs of scissors and a little extra fabric. Join me tomorrow to continue construction on the quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps.