Tuesday, September 8, 2015

scissors cozy {tutorial}

A pouch made specially for my large fabric scissors has been on my mind ever since I came across this fantastic scissor cozy years ago. I looked and looked for a pattern or tutorial for this kind of scissor cozy with no success, so this weekend I finally decided to draw up my own template and give it a try.

You know what? It worked ! The scissors cozy turned out just the way I imagined and I finally have a pouch that fits my large scissors perfectly. I actually managed to stuff two of my fabric scissors inside the pouch :).

I posted a picture of my finished scissors cozy on Instagram and lots of people loved it, so I wrote up this tutorial in case you'd like to make a scissors cozy of your own. Enjoy!.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Finished size: 10” wide x 5” tall

- use 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted
- light to mid- weight quilting fabric is recommended for both exterior and lining
- make sure your printer is set to “actual size” when printing your template (page scaling is set to “none”). Do not select “shrink to fit” as that would result in your template being printed incorrectly.

You will need:
template (click here) 
fabric A (exterior): 1 FQ
fabric B (lining): 1 FQ
cotton batting: 15" square
medium weight fusible interfacing (I used SF 101): 15" square
2” long ribbon for tab
9” zipper

basting spray or pins
zipper foot for your sewing machine
1. Cutting
fabric A cut: two main panels using provided template (make sure to cut two mirror images)
one 1.5” x 2” rectangle for zipper tab
fabric B cut: two lining panels using provided template (again, make sure they are mirror images of each other)
interfacing: two main panels using provided template

2. Prepping
a) Adhere interfacing to wrong sides of both lining panels. Set aside.

b) Use your preferred method to baste both exterior panels to batting. Quilt the panels. Cut the panels out.

c) Fold ribbon in half, place it 1” from top edge on right side of exterior panel (refer to picture below). Stitch in place.

3. Zipper
a) Press zipper tab in half, wrong sides together (bring 1.5” sides together), open the tab
and press raw ends towards the center. Fold in half again, raw edges are hidden inside, press (your piece will now measure 0.5” x 1.5”).

b) Trim zipper tape on closed end of zipper to measure 0.5”. Place zipper tape inside the tab (zipper tape edge is touching middle fold of tab). Pin the tab to zipper and sew in place using 1/8” seam allowance, making sure to avoid metal zipper end.

c) Bend zipper tape on open side of zipper at 45 degree angle towards wrong side of zipper tape. Baste within seam allowance either by hand or by machine to secure in place. Trim off extra zipper tape and zipper tab.

4. Assembly
a) Attach zipper foot to your sewing machine.

b) Lay one lining panel right side up on a flat surface. Center zipper along lining's top raw edge making sure zipper head is close to longer side of lining panel. Place one exterior panel (the one with ribbon attached) right side down on top. Align top and side edges, pin along the top edge (zipper is sandwiched between lining and exterior panels). Stitch along the top edge, taking the pins out as you go, using the edge of your zipper foot as a guide.

c) Flip the lining over zipper, exterior and lining panels are wrong sides together. Press the panels away from zipper.

d) Repeat Steps 4b-c to attach second zipper tape to second lining and exterior panels.

e) Put regular sewing foot back on your sewing machine. Open the zipper halfway. Separate the exterior from lining panels, align lining panels right sides together and exterior panels right sides together. Pin and sew around all the edges, making sure to leave a 4" opening in the bottom edge of the lining. 

f) Notch exterior rounded edges, trim lining edges to 1/8". Press the seams open.

g) Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. Push zipper corners out, stitch the opening in the lining closed and gently push the lining inside the exterior.

h) Give your pouch one last good press and you're finished. 

All done! Pretty easy, isn't it? Hope you have tons of fun making and using your own scissors cozies.

 And, as always, if you make a project using any of my tutorials please add it to my Flickr group or use #sotakhandmade if posting on Instagram. I love seeing all your amazing creations.

Have a super lovely day, friends. Svetlana


  1. Oh, you are a clever girl! And so generous to share your talent with us! This is fabulous Svetlana! It's going on my list!

  2. Thank you for sharing! Definitely need to make this, especially for my smaller scissors! ;D

  3. I need one of these. Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

  4. I love this, it would be perfect for my scissors in my hand sewing kit! I usually just chuck them in the bag and hope they don't do any damage; this would make sure they stay where I want them and protect everything. :) Thanks for sharing another awesome tutorial!

  5. This is brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. This is going to be fun. Thanks so much

  7. Love this project - thanks for sharing!!

  8. Can't wait to make this for some swaps I am in, plus one or two for myself. Thanking you so much for sharing!

  9. Thank you and I like YOUR scissors case better than that photo on Flickr too! I have so many scissors in various sizes, that I need a few of these.

  10. Thank you for the tutorial. The template was just a wee bit too small for my large scissors so I printed it a 110% and now it is prefect. Thanks again!

    1. fantastic idea. Hope you have tons of fun making and using this pouch.

  11. Thank you for this great tutorial! I only have one pair of scissors that came with a plastic sheath, I am going to be busy making scissors cases!!

  12. Love this!!! Gotta make one for work (I'm an SLP traveling between 3 schools). Thanks!!!

  13. Clever! My mom loves sewing, sent this tutorial to her.

  14. Hi thank you so much for this tutorial made one last night for my friend came out so well x

  15. I shall be making these very soon!

  16. Thanks for the tutorial. It's a great shape.

  17. Genius. Thank you for taking the time to write up a great tutorial.

  18. Muchas gracias Svetlana, por compartir este tutorial, ideal para mis tijeras de mayor tamaƱo. Lamentablemente me es imposible abrir el site donde se encuentra el template !!

  19. So cute! Thanks for the tutorial:)

  20. Thank you so much for this tutorial. What a phantastic idea! Such fun! :-)

  21. Thanks for the tute! I made four and posted them here!

  22. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I'll definitely be making some of these for Christmas gifts - and some for me, too.

  23. Super cute! I might make some as gifts to my quilty friends. Thanks for the tute! =)

  24. Thank you so much, this will be a perfect gift for my sewing buddies.

  25. I love this pouch!! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=85530 --Anne

  26. This is a great idea. Would love to make a little one for my brand new Gingher embroidery scissors. :-)

  27. U should enter Instructables.com contest with this!!! Awesome

  28. This is such a useful item. One of those things where you plunk yourself on the head and go "Why didn't I think of that?"

  29. Thank you for the tutorial! I need one of these!

  30. This is a fantastic tutorial. Thank you. Is your black and white cozy patchwork or a fabric panel that looks like patchwork? How big are those triangles? Thanks again for sharing.

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  32. This is a great idea for those of us who place sewing scissors (and fabric, thread, etc) into Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Having a nice storage place for scissors will help keep them clean and easy to find for those shoe box recipients who live in huts with dirt floors.

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