This scissor holder necklace is made using only common craft room supplies, and it takes about fifteen minutes to complete. I used fold-over elastic and heavy duty snaps because they’re strong and will allow for stretching, which means that, for most projects, you won’t need to unclip your scissors to use them. (I don’t recommend substituting hand-sewn snaps for this project, as they aren’t as secure.) I also included a pincushion in the design, so you’ll always have a convenient place to stick pins while you work. The pincushion is removable, so you can replace it as needed.
* Wool felt, 1 8” x 10” sheet
* Wool felt scraps, 2 colors for center flower
* Fold-over elastic, 42” or adjust as needed to fit desired length (I used Babyville Boutique Fold Over Elastic from Dritz.**)
* 3 Heavy duty snaps
* Embroidery floss in colors that match the wool felt
* Machine sewing thread in a color that matches the fold-over elastic
* Fabric scissors
* Sewing machine
* Measuring tape or ruler
* Embroidery needle
* Straight pins or fabric clips
* Snap pliers (I used the Dritz Heavy Duty Snap Fastener Plier Kit.**)
* Leather/fabric punch (optional)
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Cut a 42” length of fold over elastic. (This will yield a necklace that is 20” long. Feel free to adjust the length to fit your needs.)
Fold the elastic in half at the center crease and secure in place with straight pins or fabric clips.
Select one end of the fold-over-elastic strip, then fold the end under ½”. Using your snap pliers, set the top (female side) of the snap so that the cap is on the unfolded side and the socket is on the side with the fold.
Note: Since you are setting the snap through two thick layers of elastic, you can use a leather/fabric punch to pre-punch a small hole where the snap will go to make the snap pliers easier to use.
Measure 2” from the center of the top of the snap, then use your snap pliers to set the bottom (male side) of the snap so that the stud for the bottom is on the same side of the fold-over elastic as the socket for the top.
When joined, the two sides of the snap should form a loop.
Starting in the center of the snap bottom that you just set, measure 1”, then use your snap pliers to set a snap top (female side) so that the cap is on the same side as the stud you just set.
Lay out the fold-over elastic strip in a straight line. The snap cap that you applied in step 4 should be facing up. On the end of the strip without snaps, fold the end over ½”. Using snap pliers, set a snap bottom (male side) in the center of the fold with the stud on the unfolded side.
Note: Before you set the snap bottom, make sure the necklace isn’t twisted by hanging it around your neck and lining up the folded end from this step with the snap top that you set in step 6. They should meet with no twists, and your finished necklace should look like the photo above When the two sides of the snap are connected.
Next, you’ll add the removable pincushion.
Cut out six 2” felt circles, then use felt scraps in two different colors to make a flower for the center. (You will insert a snap into the middle of the pincushion, so the center decoration will remind you not to stick pins there.)
Make a stack with three of the felt circles, then set a snap top (female end) in the center, through all three layers. (Using a leather/fabric punch before setting the snap might help here too.)
Using 2-ply embroidery floss, stitch your flower in the center of one of the remaining felt circles, then stack it on top of the last two circles.
Layer the flower layer on top of the snap layer, making sure that the socket side is facing out on the bottom. Hold the layers together with fabric clips or straight pins.
Whipstitch the pincushion layers together around the outside edge.
Select a place on the necklace to attach your pincushion, then use your snap pliers to set a snap bottom (male side) at that location with the stud facing out.
Snap the pincushion to the necklace as shown.
Snap your scissors or thread nippers into the bottom loop.
Congrats! You’ve made a wearable, stretchable necklace that will keep your scissors well within reach!