Before we get into the tutorial, just a quick reminder for those in the U.S. (as if you could forget) – today is election day. Make sure you get out and make your voice heard. No political recommendations coming from me, the great thing about craft is that we can set those differences aside and just work in common. Hmmm, maybe we should send congress some yarn and crochet hooks??? Okay, enough of that – on to the fun stuff!
Some of you may remember MONTHS ago I was looking for a tutorial for a scissor pocket. I found one that I really liked, but it was mostly text and not a lot of pictures. So as I finished the project, I took a ton of pictures and promised to put them together for you. Hey, at least it’s coming in the same calendar year!
Scissor Pocket Finishing Tutorial
You will need:
– stitched piece
– lining fabric
– cording or lace for trim
– 3 pieces of cardboard
* 1 slightly smaller than your stitched piece, 2 larger. Because my stitched piece was a 4×4 square, I cut the small cardboard 3×3. The larger pieces were cut 6×3 each.
– small piece of batting
– box or craft knife
– needle and thread
1) Cut your cardboard so that it is proportionate to your design. I wanted 1/2 inch allowance on each side, so I cut my small cardboard 1 inch smaller than my stitched piece, then doubled the length for the backing pieces. I suggest labeling the cardboard so you know which piece is which. You will have one for the pocket, one for the very back, and one for the batting.
3) Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric 1 inch larger than back cardboard. (My cardboard is 6×3, so my lining fabric is 7×4)
7) Sew seam (thread color doesn’t matter). Trim & press seam open, flip right sides out, and press seam.
8) Center pocket piece, making sure to tuck it into seam. Leave cardboard inside.
9) Fold side and bottom edges of both fabrics toward lining piece and press (these edges will be tucked between the 2 larger cardboard pieces).
Set pocket piece aside.
10) Center “back” piece on one piece of lining fabric (writing side up – if your fabric is light colored, the words might show through). Press edges of fabric around cardboard. (I like mitered corners, and I find pressing with an iron makes it easier.) Run a line of glue near where the raw edge of the fabric will be, and press fabric in place with fingers, using a little extra glue at the corners. Allow glue to dry.
12) Lace the back sides of your pocket. Thread color doesn’t matter. Be sure to tack down the corners, then pass the needle back and forth between the edges, like lacing a shoe. Wrap/weave the thread down the center of your lacing to secure bottom edge. Slide the front piece inside the pocket so the lacing is against the exposed cardboard.
13) Place your trim on the back piece – pin in place so the pins are pointing out, and GLUE, GLUE GLUE!! Glue the trim in place, then apply glue to the exposed cardboard. Center your top on your back, press hard, then find something heavy.
I like my husband’s drill case. 🙂 Let it sit for an hour, then you can remove the pins. Leave under the heavy object at least overnight, to be sure the glue dries thoroughly and bonds the front and back together.