Tuesday Treats: Keeping thread clippers safe.

I have never been a fan of snips / thread clippers / shearers, that is until I was given this pair.

These handy little thread snips/shearers are very sharp

Their clipping action is very smooth so they rapidly became my handy, “go to” cutters for all my stitching.

But they had one BIG flaw ….. they didn’t feel safe in my carry around project kit. I was always worried that I would stab myself or, even worse, accidentally cut my current project ….a disaster waiting to happen.

The solution was a “five minute”job …. well half an hour if I am truthful.

A piece of tubing to hold the blades closed and a pretty little embroidered scabbard bag solved the problem

Materials to make your own snips scabbard:

This is the perfect project to use some “found” materials so look around the house for some sturdy fabric.

  • a small piece of  sturdy “found”  fabric (I unpicked an old jewellery bag) but a piece of felt, rip-stop nylon or “green” shopping bag will do the job
  • a small piece of interfacing
  • a piece of velcro
  • a spool of Cotton Mako’50
  • a small piece of plastic tubing or straw

Method:

Pattern Pieces:

The measurements will depend upon the size of the snips.

  • Measure the length & width of the snips to calculate the pattern pieces for the bag
  • Add 3/4″ (2cm” ) to the length & 1/2″  (1.5cm) to the width, for the seam allowances & top hem.
  • Use these measurements to cut 2 rectangles for the bag
  • Cut a third piece,  half the length of the bag rectangles x the width of the bag rectangles to make the tongue/tab

Making the Tongue/Tab

Note the position of the embroidery on the finished tab

  1. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the tongue/tab fabric piece
  2. Embroider your chosen design down the length of the tongue/tab fabric.
    • Position the line of embroidery so that it will finish on the right side, in the middle of one half of the tab when it is a finished tube.
    • I  used Cotton Mako’ 50 and chose a pattern that had a semi-solid appearance so that it would stand out like a braid.
  3. Fold the tongue/tab piece in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch across one end, and up the length using a 1/4″ (6mm) seam
  4. Turn the stitched tube right sides out to display the embroidery, and hide the back of the stitching

Choose a design from the built in stitches on your machine

Making the Bag:

  1. Place the two “Bag” rectangles right sides together and stitch one long side together
  2. Next turn the raw edges on the top edge under twice, to the wrong side, to make a hem.  Stitch into place.
  3. Stitch the tongue/tab in place over the hem, on the wrong side, and  in the centre of one of the bag rectangles.
  4. Stitch the Velcro into place.
    • Put the “velvet” on the under side of the tongue/tab and the “hooks” on the right side of the opposite bag rectangle.
    • Make sure that the velcro positions pull the tab down firmly over the top of the bag.

Take care positioning the velcro so that the tab closes flush to the top of the bag

Now finish making the bag.

  1. Place the bag pieces right sides together and stitch down the long edge, and across the bottom edge using a 1/4″ (6mm) seam.
  2. Turn the bag out to the right side, pulling the corners out square.
  3. Put a small piece of tubing over the pointy ends of the clippers & insert into their new scabbard.

Hints:

I’ve used the finest of the Cotton Mako’  thread range to stitch the embroidery. If you use one of the thicker threads, choose a more open embroidery design.

Here is a great reference to get you started using the machine embroidery stitches on your machine

Another Quick and Easy gift idea for the textile stitchers in your circle

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