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Small Scissor Cases, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to make small in-the-hoop scissor cases.

Free project instructions to make small in-the-hoop scissor cases.

Keep your scissors well-protected and easy to find with colorful, creative in-the-hoop cases. Bright embroidery and fabric add a burst of color to your craft tools; a button and cord closure is a handy finish.

Project Needs & Notes

- 1/4 yard of solid color lightweight home decor canvas
- 1/4 yard print lightweight home decor canvas
- Lightweight batting (such as Warm & Natural)
- Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
3" of 1/8" thick cord
One 5/8" button
- Masking tape
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing

These instructions are for the small
In-the-Hoop Scissors Cases. If using the larger size of the scissor cases, different instructions apply. Find them here.

Finished size:
3" x 4 3/4"
These cases hold scissors that are up to 2 1/4" x 4 3/4".

This project was featured in the following:
For the Love of Craft Lookbook

Christmas Gift Guide Lookbook


When you download a scissor case design, you'll find three files. One is a full embroidery file, and the other two are dielines.

The dieline files are marked with the letters DL, and those are used to cut the fabric to the proper shape and size.

Open the DL/dieline files with embroidery software, and print them.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program.

Spray two pieces of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive, like Gunold's KK100.

Cut one piece of the solid color fabric and one piece of the print fabric.

Smooth each piece on top of a piece of cutaway stabilizer.

Spray the backside of the printed dielines with a bit of temporary adhesive, and smooth them on top of the fabric.

Cut out the shapes.

Cut a 3" length of the 1/8" thick cord. This will become the button loop closure for the case.

Bring the ends of the cord together to form a loop. Secure the ends together with a small piece of masking tape.

Add the loop to the center top of the backside of the print fabric piece with another small piece of masking tape.

To prepare the front fabric piece, trim off the top flat edge of the front dieline.

Cut a piece of the print fabric to a little bit larger than twice the height of the front dieline. This added height is because the fabric will be folded at the top edge of the front dieline shape in the next step. Spray the wrong side of the fabric with adhesive.

Cut a piece of lightweight batting a bit larger than the front dieline shape. Smooth the batting on one side of the print fabric. Then, fold the other side of the fabric over the batting. The fold of the fabric should meet the edge of the batting.

Spray the backside of the front dieline shape with a bit of adhesive. Align the top flat edge with the folded edge of the fabric/batting piece.

Cut out the shape.

Now that the pieces are cut and ready, it's time to embroider the case.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.

When choosing tear-away stabilizer, choose stabilizer that is soft and fibrous. Steer clear of tear-away stabilizer that's stiff or feels too much like paper, as those will not yield good results.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery design (not the DL files).

Embroider the design.
The first thing to sew is an outline for the back piece. This traces the area where we'll put the fabric shape.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, not an embroidery needle. A sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, and that will make smaller, finer perforations in the stabilizer.

Spray the back side of the solid color back fabric piece with adhesive.

Place that piece right inside the sewn outline.

Continue embroidering the design.

A tack down stitch will sew next.

This binds the fabric to the stabilizer for the remainder of the embroidery.

Other elements of the design will sew.

On the color change sheet there will be a step that says "tack downs, finishing seams." When you reach this step, stop the machine and remove the hoop.

Spray the backside of the print back fabric piece (with the loop) with adhesive.

Place that fabric on the back of the embroidery, right inside the shape.

Secure the loop in place with a small piece of tape. This will prevent the loop from being sewn over in the remaining steps.

Next, spray the upper corners and bottom point of the front fabric/batting piece with a quick shot of adhesive.

Place that fabric piece on the front of the embroidery, aligning it with the bottom section of the shape.

For the remaining steps, wind a bobbin with the same thread that is used in the top, as the remaining stitches are seen from both sides of the case.

Attach the hoop to the machine and continue embroidering the design. Tack down stitches will sew all around the outer edge of the shape. Also, finishing satin stitches will sew along the top edge.

After the embroidery has finished, unhoop the stabilizer.

Remove the tape from the loop, and tear the excess stabilizer away.

Turn the case right side out. Use the blunt end of a pen or pencil to push the tip all the way out.

Next, add the button for the closure. To get a perfect fit, insert a pair of scissors into the case.

Close the flap and mark where the bottom of the loop lies on the front of the case.

Sew the button in place by sewing the first stitch through the outer layers of the front.

Then, add the button, sew a few more stitches, and tie off the thread.

Insert the scissors inside the case, close the flap, and secure the loop around the bottom.

Free project instructions to make small in-the-hoop scissor cases.

You can also make a case for larger scissors, and a matching pincushion, too!

Free project instructions to make small in-the-hoop scissor cases.

Use these in-the-hoop cases to keep your craft scissors well-protected.

They come in a variety of styles and colors to fit your personality.

Small Scissors Cases, In-the-Hoop

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