Framed Fan Scissors Keep

Pat Winter © 2006

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I know many of us have several small embroidery or specialty scissors and needle-pullers lying around. Some were gifts from friends, some heirlooms passed down from family members, and most were purchased because we misplaced those special ones.

Recently, while organizing my sewing room again for the New Year in hopes that it stays this way, I gathered up my embroidery scissors. I was surprised by how many I actually found. I laid them out in a fan shape in front of me and envisioned a Crazy Quilted fan shaped piece, which would hold them safely and provide art for my sewing room. This is what I came up with. Because it is fairly simple, I wanted to share the pattern so you too could keep those scissors from slipping into darkness as they often do.

Supplies needed:
Frame, preferably antique or whatever style you like.
Foam core board to fit inside frame
Backing fabric in a solid color for fan such as brocade
Fusible interfacing to secure stitching and embroidery work
Assorted fabrics for crazy patch fan
Embellishments, thread, beads, trim to go around fan.
Your scissors collection

First I traced the inside of my frame. I had an antique oval frame I have wanted to use, so I gave it a fresh coat of cream paint. I laid out my tracing and drew a fan shape to take up most of the space yet leaving enough room all around for scissors to slip in and out easily.


I used muslin for my foundation fabric and pieced a crazy patch fan.

I placed a satin garden image in the center to work around. It came from a birthday card my father had given to my mother in the 50’s. I embellished all the seams and added a few appliqués.


I pressed the back of the fan and ironed on the interfacing.

I then appliquéd the fan to the backing fabric leaving a space in each area for a pair of scissors to be placed. I placed the scissors in each space as I attached the trim sewing through both layers to form pockets. I placed the piece on the foam core board, which I cut to fit the oval frame.

I added a beaded tassel to finish it off. 

I placed the frame over the finished piece and secured it with small screws. I will hang this by my sewing desk as a sentimental functional art piece.

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