Tutorial: Scissor Case

My sharp little fiskars scissors are among my favorite tools, but they are hazardous rattling around loose in the bottom of my purse or project bag. I needed something to protect me and my scissors! Sketching ideas for a scissor case, I noticed how much scissors look like a bird skull. So, here's what I came up with:

I used a scrap of leather on the back:

This case is sized for Fiskars Micro-Tip scissors. The finished case is 5.5 inches long and 3.25 inches wide.

Do you want to make one? Print the pattern pieces (here), and gather some tools and materials:

Printed pattern

Wool felt-I used white for the skull and feather and indigo for the front and flap.

Leather-if you don't have leather, you could use more felt.

Embroidery floss-white, cream, blue

Embroidery needle

Leather needle


Packing tape


Beeswax-I always rub the floss on a bit of wax before stitching.


Print pattern pieces, cut them out, and use the chalk to trace the pattern pieces onto the felt and leather. Cut out.

Thread the embroidery needle with 2 strands of white floss, use blanket stitch to sew the skull centered onto the front. (If you need to brush up on this stitch, my rainbow ball tutorial has a stitch-by-stitch how to.)

Thread the embroidery needle with 6 strands of cream floss, use spilt stitch to sew the feather onto the rounded edge of the flap. 

Make a loop of packing tape sticky side out, place it at the top of the wrong side of the leather, and stick the leather onto the felt front-wrong sides together. 

Thread the leather needle with 3 strands of blue floss, tie a knot and come up at the bottom point of the leather, unthread the needle and let the floss hang. 

Thread the leather needle again with 3 strands of blue floss, tie a knot and come up at the bottom point of leather through the same hole the other thread is in. Use running stitch to sew the leather back to the front.

Thread the other blue floss onto the leather needle, use running stitch to sew the other side of leather to the front. When you are 2/3 of the way to the top, pull out the packing tape!

Thread the embroidery needle with 3 strands of blue floss, use blanket stitch to sew the flap to the front at the top edge.