Sew A Scissors Pouch Pattern

Scissors Pouch Pattern

This is an easy scissors pouch pattern to help you never lose your scissors again.

No matter how many times you've heard your mother or teacher say “don't run with scissors!” you still do (because you seem to always be in a hurry). Well, that's exactly what I did and on my way to a quilting group, I dropped my favorite, most precious scissors. 

Scissors Pouch Pattern

I value them so much because they were a gift from my tailoring teacher. She is now 92 and still living in New York City.  Needless to say, these scissors are irreplaceable, they remind me of an era long gone by when we believed that higher education in fashion is going to solve all our problems, and you could find a job right away and be famous and rich all at once. 

The truth today is the same as what remains of my scissors after dropping them on the hard concrete of my driveway.  They are blunt and almost useless.  Nothing left but the memories.  Heartache!

Scissors Pouch Pattern

I will take my scissors to an expert to see what can be done.  In the meantime I am sharing this scissor pouch pattern with you, so you can run with or protect your own should they fall out of your hands.

There are five spaces in this scissors pouch. Enough room for scissors of different sizes.

Three pockets in the front.

scissors pouch pattern

Two pockets in the back.

scissors pouch pattern

A handy flap to be used as a needle holder.

This is the perfect scrap buster and a mother's days gift.

For my checkered square I joined two pieces and applied fusible interfacing with the seams open and no one can tell I did it.

If you need to change the measurements from inches to cm here is a good page:


  • 2 Squares of cotton 19″ X 19″
  • 2 Squares of thin fusible interfacing 19″ X 19″
  • 2 Buttons
  • 4″ of rounded elastic


Pattern Layout

scissors pouch pattern

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How To Cut The Scissors Pouch Pattern

For best results fuse the fabric before cutting the pieces of the pattern.

scissors pouch pattern

You will be cutting the following all at once. For that you will need to fuse the fabric before cutting the scissors pouch pattern.

  • Cut Two pieces of the pattern on a contrasting fabric (Optional)
  • Cut Two pieces on fusible interfacing

Place the print sides together.

scissors pouch pattern

Place the scissors pouch pattern and both fabrics at once.

scissors pouch pattern

Now, I want you to notice the picture above, my pattern is upside down. I have placed it like that because I want to cut the fabric on the grain and have the lines of the fabric running up and down on the grain. If you are a beginner you might get confused about this, for further reading, I suggest you check out Five mistakes to avoid when cutting fabric.

Cut the extra pocket given in your pattern.

Sewing The Scissors Pouch

I have used a 1/8″ seam allowance.

scissors pouch pattern

If you are using a machine like the Bernina B350, just move the needle to the last place and align the edge of the fabric with the edge of the foot.

scissors pouch pattern

Print sides together sew around the pattern leaving a small gap to be able to turn the pouch right side out.

scissors pouch pattern

Pay special attention to the rounded edges, if you are a beginner and have never sewn rounded shapes before, I suggest to draw the stitching line. Believe me it takes a few years of practice to become perfect at sewing rounded shapes.

Shape all the curves and corners using a bodkin or a large sewing pin. Do you know what a bodkin is? If you don't check out this article and learn a bit of the fascinating history of this handy little gadget.

Clip the corners and the points off so they can be shaped easily. Be careful not to get to close to the stitching line.

Iron and close the gap using a running stitch.

scissors pouch pattern

Folding The Pouch

No doubt some of you will have some trouble with folding this scissors pouch pattern. The good news is that you can come up with two more ways of folding it. The following is the easiest for your sewing machine. However, if you have a walking foot please play around with the pattern to come up with your own layout.

Fold the side A away from side B and sew at no more than 1/8″

scissors pouch pattern

scissors pouch pattern

Fold the other pockets making the smallest one fall over the biggest one or A. Sew in the middle.

scissors pouch pattern

scissors pouch pattern

Cut the pocket in the fabric of your choice twice. Right sides together.

Sew around the pocket leaving a gap as before to be able to turn it right side out.

scissors pouch pattern

Place the pocket next to the stitching line you just made and sew around at no more than 1/8″.

scissors pouch pattern

Finally fold in half and sew all layers together.

scissors pouch pattern

After picking my scissors from the driveway I realized how much these scissors really meant to me. A flood of regret swept over me. I have been meaning to say hello and thank you to that wonderful teacher who believed in me even before I knew could do it. I am hoping to fix the scissors, as for my teacher I will be in New York in July and I will look for her, so I can say thank you and give her a huge hug. I want to say:

“Mrs. Terranova thank you, because of you I have traveled the world with sharp scissors and my sewing machine.”

I pray I won't be too late. Needless to say, I never made it to my sewing group. Instead, I called my mom to catch up. I don't want to take for granted the women that are the most important in my life.

Go ahead, use this scissors pouch pattern to make a gift, or call someone important in your life.

As usual leave your comments below or send me your pouches and I will add them to the post for all to see. Happy sewing!

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68 Responses to Sew A Scissors Pouch Pattern

  1. Elizabeth O'Leary says:

    I have used pdf patterns before, but for some reason I am having difficulty with this pattern. I read your directions for printing and assembling a pdf pattern, but the pattern lines still aren’t meeting correctly. The test square is the right size, so I don’t understand what the problem could be. Everything seems to be askew no matter how I line them up.

    • Elizabeth O'Leary says:

      Adding that I downloaded it directly to my desktop, used Adobe PDF reader downloaded today, printed “actual size” on 8.5×11″ paper which is the same size as the PDF according to Adobe Acrobat. I have printed it four times, somehow hoping for a different result, but it never aligns. I downloaded off the payhip website.

  2. Char says:

    I was looking for the pattern scissor keeper with the snap? Is it available?

  3. Kathy in Buffalo says:

    I urge everyone to donate a dollar or two to help these wonderful ladies get their Pattern business set up on their own. I, too, am disillusioned with Craftsy/Bluprint. I was being charged almost $15 per month for their subscription service, and found out they changed the price to $7.99 per month. Their information says they will charge the lowest price available when you sign up. When I wrote the about it, here is the reply I received:

    I am James here to assist with your inquiry.

    First off, I want to let you know that our intention is not to mislead or re-direct our customers in a way that is dishonest, or unappealing. We want to offer a competitive service that is fit to many different types of people and their budget. With that being said, we have it set in our guidelines to auto-renew at the rate you had originally signed up for. However, we always want to offer the best price to all of customers. Whenever your plan renews whether thats monthly or annually, we will always let you know our best offer so you are able to take advantage of that.

    With that being said, if you would like to continue, I would be more than happy to make sure we get you in at the best rate.

    If you ever feel this way in the future, feel free to reach out. We want to be as transparent as possible and make sure we are helping other enjoy the arts of crafting.

    Thanks! I look forward to your response.

    Kind regards,

    They never notified me that the price is lower, and, as I had a monthly plan, it renews each month with the payment. I really think they have a real business problem over there.

  4. Anne-Marie Steinmetz says:

    Nice to have pattern that holds more than one pair!
    I needed to simplify: 2 fabrics, wrong sides together with one layer fusable interfacing. Cut out with pinking shears. Top stiched around upper portion.( Lower portions caught with creating pockets) . My machine could handle that thickness!

  5. nahian says:

    very nice post

  6. Brenda says:

    Thank you for the pattern! Did you add interfacing to the added pocket piece? Or just to the outer fabric? Also did you add interfacing to both fabrics before sewing and folding or jus one? Would fusible fleece be a good option for this project or would it be better to use something thinner?
    Thank you!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Brenda, I used the thinest interfacing I could find, because at the end you need to sew about 8 layers together. If you have an industrial machine then you can use a thicker interfacing. No I would not use fusible fleece it would make it too thick and the scissors would not fit.

  7. JoAnn Neely says:

    I had my precious Stork Scissors, which were given to me by my mother, ruined by a local scissors sharpener. I found a wonderful gentleman in Missouri who made my Stork Scissors perfect again. Truly the scissors were ruined. They could not cut fabric or thread.
    If you would like his name please send me an email.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thank you JoAnn, you are so sweet, I am so far away that it would cost me so much to have them repaired. But, thank you for our offer. i will find someone local and try if that fails I will be taking them to the company as Mary Lynn have suggested.

      • Patricia King says:

        I live in Peru half the year. I also know how hard it can be to either find reliable workmen OR mail anything overseas. We often send via whoever is coming to visit or help, and vice versa. It may take a while, but at least I am assured I am getting what I want – in the condition I want it! Yes, Gingher’s guarantees their scissors and offers sharpening for their customers. Do hope your scissors are repairable; would be too sad to have something so special become useless. Look forward to your newsletter every week; always interesting and helpful.

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          Hi Patricia, I am currently in Santiago, I haven’t the pleasure of being in Peru yet. But, it is high in my list. Hope we can meet for coffee and talk textiles which I am always looking for specially handwoven kind. Great way to get things delivered, I need to build a network like yours!

  8. shadesofrandom says:

    I am sorry about the mishap with your scissors. That is heartbreaking. One thing that I have learned in losing valued things is to remind myself that they are simply a representation of the memories I have of another. I still have and will always have those memories. No breakage, no fire, no water, no theft can ever take the memories away. Yes, do spend as much time as you can with those you love so that you are both left with the precious gift of more memories.

    And thank you so much for the pattern and the tutorial

  9. ruthdrews says:

    Thank you for this pattern…and, I pray that you will always be reminded to get in touch with family when God is putting it on your heart. My mom just passed away at 93….

  10. Barb Peters says:

    Great idea! So sorry about something so important to you but agree that such a thing is just a reminder of the beautiful people with whom we need to keep in contact regularly!

  11. thebiasedge says:

    Thank you very much for this tutorial. I love love love it. I have been searching for a scissors pouch that can keep more many scissors altogether. This pouch does it all. LOLL

  12. Kelli Myers says:

    What is a BGB? Sharon Luedeman mentioned above.

  13. Mary Lynn Parson says:

    Just a note about the precious scissors that were dropped. If they are Gingher’s, you can box them up and send them back. I had dropped mine, and they were fixed and returned to me as good as new. The cost was minimal. Thank you for the great scissors’ pouch! It will be a great place to keep them!

  14. Colleen Hale says:

    Thinking about using it to make a scissors holster.

  15. sue singer says:

    Great pattern. Just want to make sure it is ok to make a few of these to donate to my quilt guilds boutique. I think they would sell really well. I have a sewing fabric that I want to use.

  16. P. Arney says:

    I have printed the pattern out 2 times, but can not get it to line up. Pages 3 & 4 don’t match with the other two. I am NOT a novice sewer. Disappointed..

  17. Karen Williams says:

    Great reminder to take care of our precious tools (especially those w/ special memories!). I hope you are able to catch up to this teacher who inspired you – I’m sure she would love a note via snail mail.
    Thank you for the pattern. I’m a machine embroiderer & recently got an ITH (in-the-hoop) scissors pouch (2 different sizes), but so many have complained about the construction method that I’m re-working it in my head. Meanwhile, I’ll make yours because it’s SO much more practical (who doesn’t need to carry several pairs to class!?!).
    Great idea from Sharon L (above) to make a matching set for the little iron tote (in which case I would use ‘Insulbrite’ inside). I’ve actually contemplated using a ‘Yoshi Grill Mat’ to sew into a heat-proof case for a curling iron – not sure if it’s flexible enough. I buy them & cut to fit the burners (drip area under the grate) on my gas range; their coppery finish looks nicer than regular commercial drip pans. Sorry, that was a bit off-topic! I will try to remember to post a photo of the Scissors Pouch when completed. Today I’m finishing up a birthday gift for a quilter friend.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Not at all Karen, I love to read long comments, make me feel we are neighbors. Good luck with the B-present!

      • Karen Williams says:

        Mayra, I DO tend to be long-winded & not everyone enjoys it! LOL! My friend loved her b/d gift – a reversible tablerunner w/ Sashiko embroidered panel on one side. I love making gifts for my quilt group & we celebrate them on their b/d w/ a luncheon.
        I noticed your comment about the scissors case being too thick if it’s padded, so I’m re-thinking the batting. Padding would probably work if it’s going to be folded, as some said – a holster.
        I like Pellon Fusible Interfacing for ‘beefing up’ thinner fabrics & to prevent show-thru, so I’ll try that. I also wonder if something thin like PUL would help prevent the scissors from poking thru & not create any bulk? What do you think?

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          HI Karen, i think it is a great idea using PUL, perhaps the best option. Thanks for taking the time to comment, I will try that myself. I have come up with another pattern using leather will try it on PUL first. will load pictures when it is done.

  18. Adele Dirks says:

    Great idea, Mayra. Thank you. I do have some questions about the download. Printer settings are set as indicated and I have printed the 2″ X 2″ square; it measures correctly. However, once printed, the lines do not align correctly and some go off the page entirely. As well, the pattern is indicated for a beginner level but the instructions seem to be missing some steps or seem misleading. Instruction states to fold “side A” AWAY from “side B”. Should it not be folded TOWARD “side B”? As well, when do you stitch the small pocket over “side A” closed? How is it folded to get the pockets on the back side? Where and when are the buttons attached and the elastic placed? As an intermediate sewer, I’m not understanding all the construction steps. The pictures are awesome for the steps described and I can guess at the rest but without the pattern aligning, I can’t even start. Would you be able to let me know what I’m doing wrong with printing? Thanks, again.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, Adele. Thank you for correcting my typo. Not sure what is the problem with the pattern alignment. I use the pattern I share for the project so I know it works. Are you suing A4 or american Newsletter?

  19. vijayalakshmi says:

    Excellent and Thank you for sharing the pattern.

  20. sblessinghww says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Sometimes we drop something precious (“drop” in all kinds of meanings), so we can remember something far more precious. I have found this usually happens when we have too many things going on, to the point where we get distracted from what is really important. I really hope these scissors will be fine. In any case, now they have gained even more meaning.

  21. Diane Kirby says:

    So very sorry about your scissors – I could feel your pain and regret! What a wonderful pattern – I will be trying this pattern without a doubt!

  22. Wendy Yates says:

    Thank you for this!!! I love taking sewing/quilting classes to learn new things and just for the fun of sewing with others that have it as a passion like me. This is going to help me from carrying my scissors in a ziplock bag!! I luv luv how it is made fr more than one size – another plus!!!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      My pleasure Wendy! But what I am most happy is that you do sewing in a group, hope you know how lucky you are to find such people.

  23. Kimber says:

    Wonderful project! Sorry it came at the expense of dropping your special pair of scissors.

  24. Elation says:

    Thanks for the fun and creative share, but perhaps you mean ‘to not “lose” your scissors?’

  25. Maureen says:

    I tried to pay your for this awesome pattern but it wouldn’t work through Paypal. Am I doing something wrong or is there a problem?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No Problem Maureen you need a paypal account or a credit card, use Adobe Reader to download and voila you are good to go.

  26. Terry says:

    I’ve seen many pouches for one pair of scissors, but this is the first for multiple scissors. Since we all travel to sewing classes and retreats , we usually need more that just the “dressmaker” scissors. This fits the bill perfectly! Thank!

  27. Barbara says:

    We appreciate all you do to inspire us. Can you explain how the crafsty/bluprint changes are preventing you from publishing new patterns? I know many are unhappy with recent changes.

  28. Donna Vamos says:

    This is a great idea, and thanks for the tutorial. You do have a spelling error. The script on your photo should say “Never ‘lose’ your scissors again.” Loose is the opposite of tight! It’s a common booboo. I do like tight scissors though! ?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thank you Donna! I do really on you guys to catch my booboos. I am not a native English speakers, and no I am not making an excuse Ijust want to let you know I appreciate you catching what I can easily overlook.

  29. Kaye says:

    Thank you so much for the pattern, but more for the thoughts. We should all be reminded to reach out more often to those who matter in our
    lives. I truly hope your scissors can be repaired.

  30. sharon currey says:

    I think this is a wonderful project and I will attempt to make one. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hope you get to see your teacher; gratitude is life affirming for both the giver and the receiver.

  31. Sharon Luedeman says:

    Thank you for this pattern and tutorial. I am going to attend a quilting retreat in April and will make this to coordinate with my BGB and my Iron Caddy Tote

    • Karen Williams says:

      I like how you think – coordinated items are so much nicer! Kelli Myers wants to know what’s a BGB?

  32. Susan Martenson says:


  33. Emma Carpenter says:

    Really handy. Thanks. Will save many, many steps!

  34. Raajia Houcine says:

    love this idea!!!! Thanks for the tute!

  35. Sue says:

    I downloaded the pattern and made this scissor pouch in a couple of hours this morning. Next time I make it (as I know I will) I am going to omit the wadding and just use interfacing, as I found the wadding made it a bit bulky when stitching it together. Great easy to follow tutorial though, thanks!

  36. jennifer winters says:

    i can’t download the free patttern for the scissors pouch! i think that would be great gifts.i need the pattern.

  37. Ana Perna says:

    LIKE IT! Thanks for the tute!

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