My fabric shears were always going missing until I figured out how to store scissors so that they were impossible to lose.
Confession: I am a complete space cadet. If it’s not written down on a list or set as a calendar reminder, you can basically be certain that I will forget or lose whatever it is.
That’s a problem when it comes to essential craft supplies like my fabric scissors. Those suckers were always going missing! Until I figured out how to store scissors so that they were impossible to lose.
There are a few things that I like about this storage method:
- It’s vertical, so I don’t use precious shelf or desk space.
- It keeps the blades from getting banged around, so they stay sharper for longer.
- It was free to make with a vintage necktie from my stash.
If you don’t have a drawer full of vintage neckties, first of all I am sorry to hear that! But also don’t worry. You can find neckties at the thrift store for less than a dollar, so hit the Goodwill, and you’re ready to go!
How to Store Scissors in an Old Necktie
- old necktie
- 5″ piece of ribbon
- pinking shears (optional)
- straight pins
- sewing machine (you can also hand sew, if you prefer)
- button (optional, but much cuter)
1. Measure 10″ down from the wide part of your necktie, and use your scissors or pinks to cut the tie off. You can save the skinny part of the tie for another project – we only need that wide part for this.
2. Fold the bottom of your tie holder in by 1/4 – 1/2″, as pictured below, so you’ll have a clean edge at the bottom. Use your iron to press the seam flat, then sew. Make sure you backstitch a few times on each end, so your stitches are nice and sturdy. I used a zig-zag stitch to finish the bottom of my scissor holder:
3. A little loop of ribbon will allow you to hang your scissor holder on the wall. Create a loop and pin it to the back of your holder about 3/4″ from the pointy top, like in the photo above. Use a zig zag stitch to attach the loop to the tie, going over the area 3-4 times, so it’s super duper strong. When it’s done, it looks like this:
4. The problem now is that your beautiful scissor holder has an unsightly line of stitching at the top. What better way to hide that flaw than with an adorable button? Stitch your button over the problem area, and voila! You’re ready to stash those scissors away in style!