Keep your small scissors handy with this unique vintage-style sewing accessory that has a lot of character and is fun to make. It only takes a few minutes to complete and you’ll always know where to find your scissors.
1 ½” yards of measuring tape twill tape, ½” wide
Polyester or cotton thread for construction
Assorted bits of lace, ribbon, and vintage-looking narrow trims
Vintage-looking notions such as buttons, bronze safety pins, charms, and trinkets
Bronze Lobster Claw Swivel Clasp with ¾”-1” opening
Brown, tan, or sepia ink pad
Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D
Button Sew-On Foot #18
Fold the twill tape in half and measure about 8” down from the fold on each side and mark these two points with pins. Add embellishments to the twill tape, starting at or near these marked points, working your way down the twill tape. Tuck pieces of lace, ribbons, and trims under the edge of the twill tape and stitch in place. You can do this using an all-purpose presser foot but I like to use Open Embroidery Foot #20/20C/20D so I can see exactly where I am stitching. For more info on how I use Foot #20, click here.
Add buttons, pins, trinkets, and charms as desired. Button Sew-On Foot #18 is great for attaching buttons and sewing on charms and other embellishments. I use the Universal stitch. When the feed dog is lowered, it creates a bartack that locks itself after ever stitch across the bartack. To see more uses for the Universal Stitch, click here.
Turn the two lower ends of the twill tape face up and place one on top of the other. Slip the two pieces of tape through the opening in the lobster claw clasp and fold it back on the tape. Stitch the raw edges of the tape through all layers using a zigzag stitch.
Give the twill tape a vintage look by lightly rubbing the ink pad randomly over it. Clip your favorite pair of 3”-4” scissors to the clasp so you can keep them handy for snipping and clipping as you sew.
That’s it – you’re done – you just made a useful “vintage” item that is uniquely yours!