Thursday 28 February 2013

Heart-shaped Scissor Keeper: Tutorial

This cute scissor keeper could probably made from scraps left over from other projects, and the denim backing could even be cut from old jeans.

Whatever you use to make it with, the heart is a perfect shape for scissors - the pockets form a natural point and hold the scissors neatly in place.

It's really easy, even for a beginner.

it can hold a lot of pairs of scissors!

If you like the sketchy style of stitching I've used then choose a contrasting thread (black is good on most fabrics, and gives a natural outlining effect) and a slightly longer stitch length on your machine.  Aim for a little wobbliness in your stitches, and stitch each seam three times or more.  It looks like free machine embroidery, but it's a simpler way of achieving that fun and informal look, especially on long straightish seams.

However, if you don't like the whole sketchy feel of it and want a neater-looking finish, you can simply use a straight stitch and a matching thread.  The design makes use of raw edges, but could be adapted to folded edges - however, I would use fewer pockets in this case as you'd increase the layers of fabric being stitched at one time.  You could also use felt for a neat finish.

lots of layers

You'll need:

denim fabric for backing (my starry denim is from Wholeport, as is my floral fabric)
scraps of cotton or polycotton prints/plains (you'll be sewing through lots of layers, so don't use heavyweight fabrics here)
black sewing thread (or whatever colour you choose)
something to form hanging loops - tape, string, ribbon
wadding (optional)
buttons to finish (optional)

Here's how to make your scissor holder:

Start with an A4 piece of paper (if you are in the USA or Canada, use letter size paper - it's close enough in size to make no real difference) fold it vertically and mark half a heart shape. Cut the heart out and open out the paper to form your first template.  This is the inner heart - in my version it's the floral fabric.

folded A4 paper

Use this template to cut another heart template, around an inch wider all round (if your cutting skills are not so good, measure 1" out from the first heart shape as you go).  You could use newspaper for this template if there's nothing else to hand.

creating a larger heart

Cut 2 hearts from denim and another from wadding (I used 2oz) using the larger template.  Trim the wadding one so it's just a little smaller all round than the denim.

Check the size of your scissors against the A4 heart and decide how big you want your pockets to be and how many of them you want.

working out pocket sizes

Fold the heart to create templates for the triangle shaped pockets

creating more templates

Using the template from the A4 paper, cut one heart from cotton print, and as many triangles from the bottom of the heart as you need.

pockets ready to sew

Cut two each of each triangle. You can see mine are all backed in plain white cotton - it's up to you if you want to do the same.  It means you can save your best "scraps" for where they'll be seen!  I'm not sure if that's really sad, really scrimpy or just plain common sense!

Place the triangle shapes right sides together and stitch across the top edge.  Press and turn to right sides.  Trim the excess fabric off the top corners.

pockets stitched, turned to right side and pressed

Top stitch each pocket.

Sew the triangle pockets in place onto the fabric heart and the denim heart (but not the second denim heart at this stage)

lots of layers - sew carefully

Stitch a line centrally along the middle of the heart, dividing each pocket into two.

the central line creates useful sized pockets

Sandwich the wadding between the two denim hearts.  Push the two ends of some tape, ribbon or string into the two top edges of the heart to form hanging loops.  Sew around the raw edges, paying particular attention to the hanging loops, making sure they are secure.

Pop it into the washing machine to fray the raw edges of the fabrics, especially the denim.

And there you go - it's done!

I think it looks good on the wall next to the sewing machine - and it might just help make sure the right pair of scissors is always to hand!


vicky myers creations said...

Love it:) The gorgeous fabrics help of course, such a simple idea with great results. vicky

Unknown said...

This is such a great idea. I knew i'd been saving my old jeans for something ;)

Colleen said...

Great idea! Keep all your scissors in one spot! :)

MadBirdDesignsUK said...

Great idea and super clear instructions too! Thanks.

Lyn said...

I think this is a great idea! Not only for crafters but for children's craft areas too.

Wendy said...

Ooh yes, it would be good for a children's craft area! You could get pens and crayons in there too!

Natalie Jones said...

Brilliant! Could be used for pens or paintbrushes too! Thanks for the tutorial

Jan said...

Great tutorial, I think I'll be giving this a go :)

Jan x

Núria Paula said...

Já vou fazer um... ai você fica de olho no meu blog para ver a postagem. Porque quando eu terminar de fazer vou postar.

Crafting Queen said...

What a great project.

Annabellouise said...

This is lovely. It is not only pretty, but it should protect the points of the scissors as well. Great idea.

Cindy said...

What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

Sew in Time said...

I love this idea! I'm going to make one with fabric that matches my curtains. I also have a rod I got at Ikea like you have in the last picture. I currently hang my rulers on it but it looked sort of sloppy so now I'm thinking of changing to a peg board. I just thought it was interesting someone else thought about using the rod in the sewing room. Thanks!

Joyofquilting said...

Love it. But then I love scissors and I love hearts. Thank you for sharing your cleaver ideas.

Taelia88 said...

Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά #25 :)
Have a great week!!

Deanne Stewart-Mills said...

Another fab tute!! Thanks!!
Sydney Australia

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Wendy! I just made myself a scissor keeper today!!.. And I'm very happy with how it came out! If you'd like, maybe you can take a peek. Here is my blog link so that you can see it.

Thank you so much for the tutorial! ~tina

Unknown said...

Made one for myself today :), I've linked back to you in my blog post about it.

Nora Andersen said...

Thank you very much for this great idea and tutorial.
Warmest greetings. Nora :-))

Mary said...

Love, love, love it. Giving these scissors keepers to my daughters-in-law for Christmas as they love sewing. I will add a little bit of hand embroidery.
Thank you for this lovely tutorial.


allstontowers said...

Would you mind if I posted a link to this tutorial on my web site? We are raising funds for The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles (registered charity)next August by making heart shaped items for the tombola at Festival of Quilts in the UK.


Jan - tombola organiser

Wendy said...

Jan - absolutely yes. I'd love to hear more about what you make, do let me know!

Elly D said...

Very cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern and tutorial!

Anonymous said...

lovely idea, got several paper siccors they take up so much space in my sewing case

linda newcomb said...

love it, it took me about 20 mins to cut out I owe xmas gifts and this is a great one for my crafts friends

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

I'm GONE on this AND your blog. Newest follower!

Happy highways,
Kelley of Kelley Highway

Guille said...

Sorry to sound dumb but what is "A4" paper?

Wendy said...

Guille, I'm guessing you are in the US or Canada? I only recently found out you guys don't use A4. It's similar to letter size: A4 measures 8.3 x 11.7" as opposed to 8.5 x 11". it won't make much difference using letter size paper. Sorry for any confusion, I'll update the post.

Gladys said...

Beautiful and very great idea! Thank you for sharing! Have a nice day!

PaulineG said...

Thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial which was really easy to follow. This is a really useful item for me as my tidy husband is always "putting away" my sewing equipment which means looking for stuff before I can get going on my latest project. At least now I can always find my sewing scissors!
Thanks again - I do enjoy reading your blog and the other blogs on Handmade Monday.

Rutland, UK

Itaian # 1 said...

WOW, this is totally awesome and i just fell in love with your design..
I adore doing crafts but most times never get to it, or finish what i started, mostly Cross stitch because of poor vision from old age...
LOVE THIS and must make this for sure..

Theresa Moss said...

I made two of these today. I love them.. They turned out great. The only thing I did extra was to iron on a stiff lining to the back along with the batting. It gives it more stability..Love love this..

Anonymous said...

Well I know what all of my SEWING friends will be getting for Christmas. If I start now I should be able to do enough for each member of my local group to get one. Thanks for the tutorial.


Lady Dragoness said...

This is exactly what I need to get that cup full of scissors off of my desk! And there's a spot on the wall that would be just perfect to hang the heart. Thanks so much for the idea!

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buffy said...

What a great idea! I am always looking for the right scissors so tomorrow I'll get out the denim shorts I was supposed to put a zipper in and make this instead. Thank you!

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ecarp said...

Great show!! I was only a few days ago trying to visualize a pattern for a wall hanging for all my scissors. This is so right-on-time and perfect.
And it is very attractive and seems easy to do. Thanks a lots.

Unknown said...

This is perfect for what I need, and it's SO pretty!! I plan to make several for gifts! Thank you for the pattern.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing a wonderful storage for scissors. Easy access! I appreciate all your great ideas!