Handmade Gifts – Scissors Keep

Each year I make a number of handmade gifts for family and friends, mainly for giving at Christmas time.  In 2014 I used a cute little design by Marg Low to make some scissors keeps. http://www.marglowdesigns.bigcartel.com/product/scissors-keep

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I purchased this pattern from Marg at Australian Quilters’ Convention along with some very handy blunt-ended scissors.

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The scissors with their plastic cover.

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Scissors with the blades open. The blades are short enough to comply with airline regulations.


The scissors are suitable to use on aircraft and I have successfully traveled with mine.

The beauty of these small gift projects is that they use only small pieces of fabric and other requirements that you are likely to have on hand.

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Templates made and ready to use.

This is one of my finished Scissors Keeps.  For the general sewing I used Aurifil Cotton Mako 40, but to make the twisted cord I have used several strands of Aurifil Cotton Mako 12. (Marg gives instructions in the pattern). I also used Cotton Mako 12 for the decorative running stitch along the top. I embellished the top yo-yo with beads, but you can also use a button or any other idea that appeals.

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Now I need to consider what I might make as gifts in 2015. It may still be only January, but those of us who handmake gifts need to be prepared. Only 335 days left!!



It is January so it must be time for a Fabric Frolic

January in Melbourne means “Fabric Frolic” time from 16th to 25th.

Seven shops in the eastern suburbs collaborate to organise a splendid week of treats, shopping and competitions for the patchwork enthusiast.

This year I was pleased to see that two of the shops on the shop hop map are Aurifil retailers so be sure to stock up on your thread supplies when visiting Patchwork Passion and Palm Beach Quilting.


Patchwork Passion in Cranbourne has a good supply of Cotton Mako’ 28 for your blanket stitch applique & quilting.



and Palm Beach Quilting in Carrum Downs stocks an extensive range of Cotton Mako’ 50 for piecing and needle turned applique.

So it is time to get together with some friends and plan a road trip to visit these shops in the next few days.




A New Year … a new feature colour from Pantone

With this first posting for 2015 we wish everyone a happy and creative year and what better way to start than with some colour play.

At our staff meeting this week we checked out the 2015 “colour of the year” as designated by the people at Pantone.



Unfortunately we hadn’t planned ahead to supply some liquid Marsala for the meeting so it was a sober discussion.

However, we did have fun playing with spools of “Marsala” coloured threads.


We picked out Aurifil Cotton Mako’ colour 2345,  Lana colour 8266 & Brillo 754 for our thread play with Marsala.

Mako-28-MarsalaInitially our reaction to “Marsala” was  …. oh hum boring.

Aurifil-Quilting-MarsalaBut Cotton Mako’ 2345 has been a long time favourite of mine for quilting across a multitude of reds.

In the Aurifil Cotton Mako’ range it is known as “raisin”,  but we will be thinking of it as “Marsala” in 2015.

Aurifil-marsala-playOnce we started playing with colour we found lots of interesting combinations.

Mako-28-marsala-smallIt was pleasing to see that colour 2345 worked especially well with, 6727, 6731 & 6732, three of the new Cotton Mako’ colours from 2014

Mako-40-Marsala-blues It also works well as a highlight with blues & Aqua,

Mako-50-marsala with florals,

Mako-12-marsalaand wonderful earthy prints and in all the thread weights.

What are your thoughts on “Marsala” being the 2015 colour of the year?

Please leave us a comment to start the year well.