Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scissors (+ free sheath pattern)

I love scissors. This is because I spent all of my very first sewing projects incredibly frustrated with really bad scissors I grabbed out of our family's desk drawers. I would look at sewing patterns online and think, "how can people actually cut straight lines?"

Then I got my first pair of actual sewing scissors. Suddenly, cutting fabric actually worked! My edges no longer looked like I had chewed them off! It was magical.

Anyway, yesterday I upgraded my scissors yet again to a pair of bent gingher shears. I chose gingher because I've always loved my gingher embroidery scissors, and they were on sale for 50% off--I have a hard time passing up such a good deal! But using these wonderful new shears has really put me in a scissors mood, so I decided to sew a little sheath for my embroidery scissors, and share the pattern.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


I am a big fan of needlebooks. I like to embroider, as I find it relaxing, but I like to make "practical" things--thus needlebooks. They're also super cute. :D

Anyway, these are two needlebooks I've made, one cross-stitch and one felt with embroidery.

I made this for my mom for mother's day. She doesn't embroider or sew, but she wanted one. I used a pattern (modified) I found here and found this tutorial helpful for putting it together. It is made of 28 count linen with cotton for the inside and wool felt to hold the needles.