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.

vintage scissors necklace


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

supplies for vintage scissors necklace

Adding Trims

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.

adding trims

Adding Buttons

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.

Adding Clasp

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.

adding the clasp

Adding Vintage

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.

inking the twill tape

That’s it – you’re done – you just made a useful “vintage” item that is uniquely yours!

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