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.
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!
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.
Two pockets in the back.
A handy flap to be used as a needle holder.
This is the perfect scrap buster and a mother's Day 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: https://www.inches-to-cm.com/
- 2 Squares of cotton 19″ X 19″
- 2 Squares of thin fusible interfacing 19″ X 19″
- 2 Buttons
- 4″ of rounded elastic
- Quilting clips
- Walking foot or a sewing machine capable of sewing 10 layers of fabric such as the one I am using, a Bernina B350
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How To Cut The Scissors Pouch Pattern
For best results fuse the fabric before cutting the pieces of the 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.
Place the scissors pouch pattern and both fabrics at once.
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.
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.
Print sides together and sew around the pattern leaving a small gap to be able to turn the pouch right side out.
Pay special attention to the rounded edges, if you are a beginner and have never sewn rounded shapes before, I suggest drawing 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 about 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 too close to the stitching line.
Iron and close the gap using a running stitch.
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 side A away from side B and sew at no more than 1/8″
Fold the other pockets making the smallest one fall over the biggest one or A. Sew in the middle.
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.
Place the pocket next to the stitching line you just made and sew around at no more than 1/8″.
Finally, fold in half and sew all layers together.
After picking up 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 next year 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!