Handmade Gifts – Scissors Keep

Each year I make a number of handmade gifts for family and friends, mainly for giving at Christmas time.  In 2014 I used a cute little design by Marg Low to make some scissors keeps. http://www.marglowdesigns.bigcartel.com/product/scissors-keep

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I purchased this pattern from Marg at Australian Quilters’ Convention along with some very handy blunt-ended scissors.

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The scissors with their plastic cover.

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Scissors with the blades open. The blades are short enough to comply with airline regulations.


The scissors are suitable to use on aircraft and I have successfully traveled with mine.

The beauty of these small gift projects is that they use only small pieces of fabric and other requirements that you are likely to have on hand.

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Templates made and ready to use.

This is one of my finished Scissors Keeps.  For the general sewing I used Aurifil Cotton Mako 40, but to make the twisted cord I have used several strands of Aurifil Cotton Mako 12. (Marg gives instructions in the pattern). I also used Cotton Mako 12 for the decorative running stitch along the top. I embellished the top yo-yo with beads, but you can also use a button or any other idea that appeals.

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Now I need to consider what I might make as gifts in 2015. It may still be only January, but those of us who handmake gifts need to be prepared. Only 335 days left!!



A Little Christmas Stitching

I have a number of stitchery patterns by Marg Low marglowdesigns.typepad.com/ and I recently decided that I would like to make up a couple of these designs in preparation for this Christmas.

My collection of Marg Low patterns

My collection of Marg Low patterns

Some of these patterns use delightful buttons by Theodora Cleave. http://www.theodoracleave.com/

Some of my Marg Low patterns with their matching Theodora Cleave buttons

Some of my Marg Low patterns with their matching Theodora Cleave buttons

And this is the pattern for my first project.

Marg Low pattern with a Theodora Cleave button

Marg Low pattern with a Theodora Cleave button

The design uses a “Kissing Birds” button and I placed this on a blue background to match our blue and silver Christmas colour scheme.

Gathering and preparing materials.

Gathering and preparing materials.

Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne 12 is an ideal weight to use for these stitcheries.

Stiching with Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne 12.

Stitching with Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne 12.

I used plastic inside my stitchery, rather than cardboard as Marg describes in her pattern.  The plastic worked well, but keep in mind that if you use plastic you will also need to use craft glue, which requires a greater degree of care to avoid a mess!!

The finished decoration.

The finished decoration.

My other project is the little heart hanger from the Sweet Romance pattern.

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The Scented Heart hanger.

Again, I used Aurifil Cotton Mako Ne 12 for the stitchery, this time in a rich Christmas red, (colour 2265) to match my backing fabric.  The heart has a little dried lavender added to the polyester filling so that it smells good too.

The little heart is quite small, only about 7cm not counting the hanging cord, so suits a small tree or hanging space.  I have mine hanging on the doorknob of our entertainment unit.

Hanging on a doorknob.

Hanging on a doorknob.

I used 3 strands of Aurifil Ne 12 thread to make the twisted cord.

Close up showing the twisted cord.

Close up showing the twisted cord.

It’s always fun to make these small decorating items to put around the house at Christmas time.   For someone who tends to take on large labour-intensive hand projects (think needleturn applique/ handquilting) it’s also lovely to have something that is finished quickly and ready for display before Christmas is over!!

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