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