I love making useful items for gift giving around this time of year. I wanted to come up with a project for the blog that was sewing themed and would be a great present for a crafty friend…
introducing the DIY scissor pouch!
Lay your chosen scissors onto a piece of paper and leaving a couple of centimetres around the scissors mark a diagonal line.
I have the Fiskars Amplify scissors which are quite big so my height and width measured approx 15.5cm x 30cm for reference.
Use something curved to round off the two bottom corners of the pouch template.
Use your template to cut 2 each of main fabric, lining, and batting. The batting I used was an offcut from a quilt I made and is fairly light weight.
Take a piece of main fabric and batting and quilt them together. I did a simple grid pattern with the lines approx 2cm apart and on a diagonal angle but you can do this however you wish or skip this step altogether if you want.
Do the same for the other piece of main fabric and batting and now you have two complete outer pieces.
Now to add the zip! Place the zip face down on one of the main quilted pieces which should be right side up. Then layer on the lining facing down on the zip and stitch in place using a zipper foot.
Repeat step 5 for the opposite side of the zip and then open out both sides, press, and topstitch through all the layers on each side of the zip.
My zip was much longer than the zipper pouch so at this point I trimmed off the excess zip.
This is an optional step but it makes a handy carrier for the pouch.
Measure a 3″ x 3″ square of fabric. Press a fold down the centre, then open ut and of each side into the centre and press. Topstitch 5mm down each side of the tab and then add on a swivel clip, pin it in place for the next step.
Add the tab to the right side of the pouch approx 1″ down from the zip and pin/ clip in place
Open your zip to the halfway point and then open out the layers of the pouch. Pin together the two lining pieces right sides facing and do the same with the main pieces right sides facing.
Stitch all the way around leaving a gap of about 3″ in the lining fabric to pull the pouch through after it’s stitched.
Clip all the curved edges and then pull the pouch through to the right sides.
Carefully poke out all the corners and give it a press then stitch the opening in the lining closed.
This project is a great stash buster, would make a lovely gift, and would work in all types of woven fabric, you could even try making a faux leather one and omit the lining for a really quick make!
We hope you love this and if you do make one please tag us so we can share it!