Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Wednesday! How about a super quick and simple tutorial for today?  I've had these metal scissors in my sewing stash for years.  I think they were maybe hand me downs, or they were in a box of thrifted notions, who knows!  I've never been able to use them because the metal handles hurt my hands too much.

I recently had them sharpened just in case, since they would be especially nice to use for garment sewing.  The other day it hit me, wrap them up in fabric to make them easier to hold AND prettier!  I thought I'd write up a quick tutorial in case anyone else wanted pretty, comfortable scissors too!

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly


Materials:
- 1 pair metal scissors
- 2 torn strips of fabric 1"x44" (I'm using Art Gallery Nature Elements in Hot Pink)
- Glue

1. To tear your strips, cut a small (.5") slit in the selvedge of your fabric.  Holding the fabric on both sides of the slit, pull hands apart, ripping the fabric strip.  This ensures that your scissor handles won't fray like crazy! Pull off any stray threads. Trim off selvedges.

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
2. Put a small dab of glue on your scissor handle (I used super glue because these aren't very fancy scissors and I want it to be permanent, you could use craft glue for a more temporary wrapping!)

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
3. Place the end of one strip on the glue, wrong side of the fabric against the metal.

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
4. Begin wrapping the handle, covering up the end of the strip.

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
5. Continue wrapping. It's a bit tricky at the bottom, requires a little extra tight wrapping!

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
6. Wrap until the handle is completely covered.  I ended my wrapping at the top of the handle, so that the finishing wouldn't get in the way when I use them.

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
7. Tie your fabric around the handle.*

*You could also finish your handles by simply cutting off the extra fabric and gluing the end down, just like how you started.

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
8. Knot your fabric tightly, cut off excess fabric and tuck it over a bit.  (This part isn't perfect!)

Wrapped Scissors Tutorial by Jeni Baker
Wrapped Scissors Tutorial, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
9. Use a little glue to secure knot in place.  Repeat with second handle.

Voila! You're done!

9 comments:

  1. Very fashionable. Cute idea for a quick gift.

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  2. Way cute and awesome idea! That will tell my kids that this is Mommy's scissor!

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  3. love this. i, too, have a hard time using them with the big metal handles but this will really help! Thanks again for a great tip & tut.

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  4. great idea, this would also be good to designate the paper scissors from the sewing scissors.

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  5. No way our family members will get confused now! Great tutorial Jeni :)

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  6. Also let's people know in a class, who's sissors they belong to.

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  7. My Grandmama scissors are adorn like that! She still uses them, but I will get them someday!

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