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A Full Size Scissor Sheath Swap

This is a finished item swap for a case, sheath or scabbard for pair of full size scissors.


Your case should be large enough to accommodate a standard pair of dressmaker sheers.


There are a million ways to do this and a million more ways to embellish it.  Whatever you choose, make sure it is thick enough to prevent injury if the scissors fall.  Several quick methods suggest converting a pot holder and that seems to be an excellent thickness.  You can use foam padding, batting or waste material.   Or, as Marie Alton suggests, you could line the scabbard with a durable fabric, like leather or suede. 


Any method.   This would be an excellent quilted project, which would give you protection for the scissors without an extra step.   Several quick sewing references suggest converting a pot holder or padded placemat.  


Since this is planned as part of a series of swaps, make sure that you ask your partner about color and style, since the items will all be used together!  


You are NOT expected to send a pair of scissors along with the scissors case.  

Who can participate: 

This swap is open to all SRESafeHaven list members in good standing.  International swappers are VERY welcome here! Contact me by email to sign up or if you have further questions.  Let me know if you are willing to swap internationally, because International swappers are always WELCOMED!!!

How to join:

Simply send an email to me at the address above no later than April 30, 2002.  Make sure you let her know if you are willing to swap internationally and if you would like more than one partner.  Also, let me know if you are willing to substitute in case someone drops out.

Partner assignments:  

Partners will be randomly assigned on May 1, 2002. You will be contacted by email with the name and email address of your partner for this swap.  The names will also be listed here as a reference.  You will be expected to contact your partner regarding snail mail addresses and preferences.  

Deadline for completion:

The finished scissor case should be in the mail by June 30, 2002.  

Drop-out Policy:

There is a "no questions asked" drop out policy.  Just let me know if you cannot complete the assignment once made.  

Incentives for timely completion:

A brand new copy of Quilting Arts Magazine, Spring 2002, Issue 5.  (To be supplied by your hostess.)

All participants who complete and mail their finished item on time will be eligible to win this random drawing.  

All participants who get their finished item in the mail on time will receive two or more ounces of rayon chenille to use in future CQ projects or for making tassel skirts.  

Web resources and ideas for this swap:

The photo below is of a full sized sheath made by our own Marie Alton.  

bulletAmerican & Efird Inc Quilted Scissor Case
bulletNancy Zeiman's Large Scissors Case
bulletPitara Cap Your Scissors
bulletSew2000 Scissor Case

If you are stuck for a pattern, try this:

Take a pair of full-sized scissor and lay them on a piece of paper.  Trace out a rough approximation of the scissors, then add a margin for padding and a seam allowance.  (You may want to do a mock up in muslin or waste cloth to check your pattern.)  

Once you have your dimensions, mark your top fabric and cut your batting and your lining.  Since there are two side, you will have cut SIX shapes all together.  Embellish the top fabric first, then cut it to the same size as the other pieces.  

Start with either side and place the pieces right sides together with the batting on top of the embellished piece.   Sew around MOST of the piece, leaving enough room to turn it and then do the same for the other side.  

Once both pieces are turned and smoothed, place the two pieces with right sides facing and sew around most of it, again leaving enough room to turn it.  Since the layers are thicker during this step, you will need to leave more room for turning.  

Once it is turned and pressed, simply hand sew the the remainder to finish.  A button closure is an excellent idea, because it keeps the sheath in place.  

Commercially available patterns in print:

There are several commercially available kits and patterns that would be perfect for this swap.  

bulletMarie Alton is offering a sheath pattern for $5 US (precut art board is an additional $2.50).  Contact Marie directly at for more information. Marie has made this pattern is available to everyone, not just those participating in the swap.

If your name does not appear here and you have signed up, or if it is here by mistake, please send me an email so that I can correct the list!

Sending Swap Partner: Receiving Swap Partner: Thumbnail of project:
Rissa in MS (I) Maureen G (I)

Elizabeth in TX (I) Rissa in MS (I)

Marie in Canada (I) Gladys in VA

Alanna in WY (I) Lita in CA

Did not complete swap. Barbara in the UK did an angel item for Lita.

Sandra in CA (I) Lynne in AU (I)

Lynne in AU (I) Nancy in WV

Nancy in WV Joan in PA


Kylie in the UK (I) Marie in Canada (I)

pending - has not been received by Marie

Joan in PA Rita in AR

Ruth in AZ Christi in WI (I)

Gladys in VA Gerri in NC

Gerri in NC Ruth in AZ

Rita in AR Alanna in WY (I)

sent & received, photo not available

Christi in WI (I) Sandra in CA (I)

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Maureen G (I) Kylie in the UK (I)

Lita in CA Elizabeth in TX (I)

Barbara in UK Angel item for Lita in CA

(I) - will exchange internationally


2001 - 2003
Last edited: 12/28/2003