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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Voilà, it is done!
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.