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  • 1⁄2m iron-on interfacing (Vilene, medium-weight)
  • Fabric scraps
  • 2in strip across the width of your fabric for the binding
  • Fabric for wadding and lining
  • Velcro or hook and eye for the closure

Finished Size

12 x 8in (30 x 20cm)

Skill Level


You can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Snip, snip

Quick to sew from your favourite fabric scraps, this scissor case makes an ideal present for a quilting friend.


  1. Draw the pattern as shown and make a paper template (adjust according the size of your scissors). Use the template to cut a piece of Vilene 1⁄2in larger all round.
  2. Place the template on your table, put the Vilene on top, with the glue side up. Cut an irregular five-sided shape and place it on the Vilene at the top of the large triangle, as indicated by the template. Pin in the centre.
  3. Using scraps or wedges of fabric start going round the shape in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction as follows. Finger press a 1⁄4in turning on your first chosen strip of fabric and place it on the bottom edge of the shape, overlapping by 1⁄4in. Pin on the fold. See Figure 1.
  4. Trim the strip with scissors to match the adjacent sides. Prepare the next strips as before, pin and trim. Continue until the whole piece of Vilene is covered.
  5. Take your work to the iron and apply heat. Do not move the iron side-toside, but up and down. To avoid melting your pins, use just the tip of the iron to gently keep the fabric in position, carefully removing the pins as you go. Press firmly all over.

TIP! If you work on a tray it is easier to carry to the ironing board later.

Template (not to scale)
Template (not to scale)
Figure 1: Applying the strips
Figure 1: Applying the strips

Stitching and Finishing

  1. You can work by hand or machine, or both. This may be a good opportunity to use the fancy stitches on your sewing machine, alternatively use a zigzag and vary the width and length of the stitch. Or practise some fancy hand stitches such as feather stitch or herringbone, for example.
  2. Using the template, trim your patchwork and cut a piece of wadding and backing to match. Pin or tack together and quilt through the layers following the lines of the large triangle shape, as indicated by the template.
  3. Fold the binding strip in half lengthwise. Begin sewing the binding to the edge until you reach the first corner. Move the work away from the needle, fold the binding so that the edge of the strip extends parallel to the next edge you will sew. Figure 2.
  4. Fold back so the fold falls exactly in the middle of the angled corner. Fold the binding again, aligning the binding’s raw edge with the adjacent side of the case. Make this second fold in the top of the binding exactly at the corner of the case. Begin stitching where the raw edge and the fold meet. Continue stitching the binding until you reach the next turning point, and repeat the process. When complete, fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and slip-stitch.
  5. If you prefer not to mitre the corners, they can be rounded off to make the binding process easier.
  6. The quilting lines that you have sewn are also folding lines. Place the work backing side uppermost and start folding. First. fold left over centre, stitch the edge of the quilting line it meets, then fold along the line towards the left, and sew the edge where it rests. Two pockets have been created and the flap to close your scissor case.
  7. Choose a type of fastening: Velcro spot, loop and button or hook and bar. Hand sew in place. To complete, embellish the case with buttons and beads as desired
Figure 2: Applying the binding to an irregular corner
Figure 2: Applying the binding to an irregular corner

First published in Popular Patchwork May 2003