Annie Harris' scissor
case is ideal
- 1⁄2m iron-on interfacing
- Fabric scraps
- 2in strip across the width of your
fabric for the binding
- Fabric for wadding and lining
- Velcro or hook and eye for
12 x 8in (30 x 20cm)
can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project
fabric scraps, this scissor case makes an
ideal present for a quilting friend.
- 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.
- 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
in the centre.
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.
- Trim the
Prepare the next
strips as before, pin
and trim. Continue until the whole piece
of Vilene is covered.
- 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
Template (not to scale)
Figure 1: Applying the strips
Stitching and Finishing
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you prefer not to mitre the corners,
they can be rounded off to make the
binding process easier.
- 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
- 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
Figure 2: Applying the binding to an irregular corner
First published in Popular Patchwork May 2003