Ribbon Scissors Case and Needle Cushion

Barbara Blankenship 2004

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Finished scissor holder and needlepad


  • 15 inch length of jacquard or fancy ribbon, 1 " wide
  • 4 inch length of same ribbon for needle cushion
  • 14 inch length of fusible fleece " narrower than ribbon
  • 3 inch length of fusible fleece for needle cushion " narrower than ribbon
  • matching thread for ribbon
  • matching beads
  • beading thread
  • rattail cording, old necklace, etc.
  • 1 lobster clasp
  • One 7 mm wooded bead

Scissors Case:


Add interfacing Iron fusible fleece to wrong side of 15" length of ribbon, allowing " seam allowance on all sides. Iron under seam allowance on the two raw ends.

Fold in half, pinning in several places and stitch together by hand. The fold will form the top of the scissors case. Leave " on each upper side unstitched to form casing for cording

Form scissors pocket Fold bottom end up 3" This will form the pocket for the scissors. Hand stitch the 2 sides to the back fold.

Bead around all five sides with picot stitch** (both sides, bottom, top and across the fold of scissors pocket. Always tie off threads securely. I tie off where I end, hiding thread, then go under the seam line approximately 1" and tie off one additional time.

**NOTE: See instructions for picot edging in the article for making the miser's purse.

Beaded Tassel:

Beading the wooden bead. Using the same beads as the picot edging, cover the wooden bead. String the number of beads necessary to cover from top to bottom hole. Circle through hole and string another row of the same number of beads. Continue this step until the wooden bead is completely covered.

I have found it easier to hold several inches of thread in my hand until I have several rows of beads strung around the wooden bead. I then tie off securely, going through several beads and clip this end.

TasselMake 5 loops using beads of choice and secure to bottom of beaded wooden bead. Each loop measures approximately 1". I vary each loop by several beads to prevent all 5 from being the same length.

Hide knot in the seam at the bottom center of scissors case. Add 3 beads - one small, 1 larger, one small - and run beading needle through beaded wooden bead. Insert needle and run thread back up through the wooden bead and the 3 strung beads and knot securely to scissors case.

Needle Cushion:


Needle Cushion attachment Iron fusible fleece to wrong side of ribbon Iron under two raw edges for seam allowance Stitch together all 4 sides. Bead around all 4 sides with picot stitch Securely attach beading thread through circle end of lobster clasp Bead sequence of matching beads to measure approximately 3" ending with seed bead Skip the last seed bead and run thread back through all the strung beads for extra security. Tie off. Hide knot into one corner of needle cushion and stitch through 5 beads on opposite end of the clip. Skip 5th bead and run back through last 4 beads. Tie off securely and attach the clip end to scissors handle.

Optional Row of Beading on Picot Stitch:

Ruffled edge The picot stitch makes a triangle - 2 beads on the seam line and 1 bead in the center of these two beads. Hide knot in fabric and come up through one of the beads on the seam line, then through the next center top bead. String 2 beads and go through the next center top bead. String 2 and continue this step until you have gone around all the picot edging. It will form a lacy, ruffled effect.

Using Fabric instead of Ribbon:

Using Fabric instead of ribbon.This scissors case is made from a piece of fabric. It works well but has more bulk in the seam line since there must be a seam allowance on all 4 sides. If using fabric, make sure fusible fleece is not in any seam.

Cut fabric for scissors case 2 1/2" x 16"
Cut needle cushion 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Follow the directions above

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