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Quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps – part 2

Quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps – part 2

by Jennifer Houlden

Today I’m going to finish making my quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps and who knows maybe make a couple more. I think they might be rather addictive especially seeing how many different fabrics can be used and embellishments to dress them up.

Yesterday I ended the post with cutting the front and back pieces for the scissor holder using the Sew Easy 10° wedge ruler. Now it’s time to sew them together. The back piece is longer because I want it to fold over and be the closure for the holder.

I also ended on having to choose a thread color and I’ve made the decision to use the orange thread.

front and back pieces of holder in multicolored fabric with 2 spools of thread

Front and back pieces

Step 4: Finishing the raw edges

First of all I need to finish the top edge of the front piece. I could fold it over and sew it in place but I think there’ll be too much bulk in the side seams then with the batting. I decided to do a satin stitch on the top edge of the piece using a Sulky Blendables thread. This thread is a 30 weight thread which means it is thicker and will create a sturdier satin stitch for the edge.

TIP Going over the stitching a couple of times gives it a nice thick finish. I used a stitch width of 5.5 and stitch length of 0.40.

zigzag stitch used to finish the top edge of the front piece in orange thread

Top edge of front piece zigzagged

Now that the top edge is finished on the front piece I have placed it on the back piece and drawn a chalk line with my Clover Chaco Liner where it comes to on the back piece.

Chaco liner on fabric wedge and chalk line drawn to indicate where front piece comes to on back piece

Drawing a chalk line to indicate where front piece stops on back piece

I’m going to finish the raw edge from the chalk line up the side, across the top and down the other side to the chalk line with the same satin stitch that I used on the front piece.

Zigzag stitch done on back multicolored piece in orange thread

Raw edges zigzagged on back piece

Step 5: Sewing the pieces together

With the raw edges now covered in satin stitch I have pinned the two pieces together with right sides together. I used flat head flower pins which are 2″ long and easy to remove as I sew around the edges.

front and back pieces of project pinned together matching up the narrow ends

Pin with right sides together matching narrow ends

I chose to sew a ½″ seam allowance rather than the usual ¼″. The reason for this is that I’m going to use my pinking shears and trim the seam allowance back to a ¼″ so that they don’t fray. The other option to prevent fraying is to blind hem stitch or zigzag the edges of the seam allowances but I thought the pinking would dress the inside up a bit.

pinking shears used to pink the seams of the scissor holder on the cutting mat

Pink seam allowances to prevent fraying

Once the seams are pinked turn it inside out making sure the point is pushed out and flat.

Press the holder so that it lies flat.

multicolored wedge scissor holder with scissors in it

Scissors in scissor holder

Step 6: Finishing the scissor holder

To finish the holder fold the back of the holder over the top. Using a short piece of flat yarn, rickrack or ribbon secure the 2 ends to the outside of the flap with a bead or button making a loop with the yarn.

TIP Glue the ribbon, rickrack or yarn in place on the fabric before putting the button on with fabric glue.

multicolored yarn, rickrack and cording on a blue cutting mat

Selection of yarn, cording and rickrack

Add a larger button to the front of the holder on the front piece and loop the yarn around the button to hold the flap in place.

I have so many buttons to choose from it was a hard decision but I finally picked one.

multiple buttons in varied colours and designs on a blue cutting mat

Selection of buttons

Voilà, it is done!

finished quilted scissor holder in bright fabrics with pink rickrack and yellow buttons

The finished quilted scissor holder

A quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps that is functional as well as very stylish and makes a wonderful fast and easy present for all your quilting buddies. Bet you can’t stop at just one.

Happy Quilting

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  Quilted scissor holder in 6 easy steps – part 1

Go to part 4: 7 key features of the Oliso pro smartiron



Diane McLauchlan November 28, 2016 - 2:36 pm

I like this project. Need one. It makes me nervous to take my scissors to a retreat or class.

Melissa J November 20, 2016 - 8:23 pm

This is such a cute little project!

LISA V November 20, 2016 - 5:22 pm

Love this idea. Might just need to make several for friends too!

Darren Scrubb November 20, 2016 - 4:22 pm

Great information that I will use for quilting.

Fiona N November 20, 2016 - 4:00 pm

These Quilted scissor holders look so beautiful. They would be the great and unique Christmas gifts for my sisters who love something handmade and different!
Thank You for sharing 🙂

Deborah November 20, 2016 - 1:01 pm

This is great! I need to make several of them.

Thank you so much for sharing the pattern!

Linda Smith November 20, 2016 - 8:55 am

Thanks for the great tutorial. I need to make two of these for Christmas gifts.

Barb Miller November 20, 2016 - 12:12 am

I *love* this idea!! 🙂

robin durfield November 19, 2016 - 9:21 pm

this would be a great gift to make for my quilting circle friends for christmas

Judy Allen November 19, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Great gift idea for fellow sewers.

MaryBeth November 19, 2016 - 4:20 pm

thanks for the tutorial. Very cute.

Barb K. November 19, 2016 - 12:18 am

The scissor holder is a useful project–also love all those beautiful threads!

Nicole Aben November 18, 2016 - 10:49 pm

This is a great gift idea for my quilter mother!

Anna November 16, 2016 - 9:29 pm

Nice idea zig zag would work also..

Sherril McGann November 16, 2016 - 5:09 pm

Nice tutorial, I supposed I could use zigzag stitch instead of serger.

Summer November 16, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Nice tutorial ♥ The colours here are so pretty ♥

Laura Manning November 16, 2016 - 3:05 pm

I love this little tutorial. Will make some up for gifts for friends.

Peggy Pirillo November 16, 2016 - 10:54 am

Cute and simple project. I think I need a few of these…

Daniela Martisovitsova November 16, 2016 - 9:43 am

This is a great idea. Really good for using scraps.


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