August 26, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I recently purchased a new pair of embroidery scissors that came with a not-so-cute case from the manufacturer. Because these scissors are a bright red, I felt that they deserved a bright and colorful case or sheath to protect them from getting scratched or damaged when not in use. There are some really amazing embroidery scissor cases available out in the world, but I decided to make my own out of felt, and I am sharing the tutorial with you here.

To make your own embroidered scissor case/sheath you will need:

- felt in assorted colors
- embroidery supplies (floss, scissors, needles)
- pinking shears or decorative scissors

Felt is a fabric that holds its shape very well, so a hoop is not necessary.

Step One: Pick a felt color for the body of the sheath or case. I decided on a grey wool felt so that the colors would show up and really pop. 

Step Two: Use your scissors as a guide and cut an oval or egg shape around the scissors out of two pieces of felt. I trimmed the felt at 0.5 inches away around the handles and 1 inch away from the blades. From top to bottom the felt is 5.5 inches, at the widest mark it is 3.5 inches and it tapers down to about 1.5 inches at the bottom point or edge. Your scissors might be smaller or larger than the ones shown here, follow their length and width as a guide when cutting your felt. 

Step Three: Once the felt is cut, trim around the edges of both felt pieces using pinking shears or scissors with decorative blades. I have scalloped pinking shears, which I used here. 

Step Four: Take one of the felt pieces and fold the top edge over 1.5 inches. 

Use a running stitch to tack it down. 

Step Five: Cut 5 tear drop shapes out of felt pieces in the colors of your choice, plus two more in green. I cut out a few pieces before deciding on a color I would want as a flower. 

Step Six: Once you have decided on a flower petal color, thread your needle with a contrasting color, and use a running stitch to attach the petals just below the folded top.

Step Seven: Add french knots or a small felt circle for the center of the flower. Use a backstitch to attach the green leaves to the felt, just off center of the flower. (Please see photo in next step for the green leaves with a backstitch). 

Step Eight:  Place this folded and stitched piece of felt on top of the blank piece of felt. Thread a needle with a different contrasting floss color. Pull the needle and floss in between the two pieces of felt to hide the knot in between them. Use a running stitch to attach both pieces of felt together. Work your way around the whole case or sheath and hide the knotted end in between the front and back pieces of felt, as you did in the beginning. 

Step Nine: Place the scissors in their new sheath/case, and they are ready for stitching, or will at least look cute when not in use!

Hope you enjoy and have a great Tuesday!

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a lover of all things stitchy and crafty. I have been sewing for as long as I can remember. My grandmother taught me how to sew Barbie clothes when I was young and I have been sewing ever since.

You can find me at Bobbypin Bandit, on Instagram, and my Etsy shop.