Sunday, 23 August 2015

Getting fobbed off! - a giveaway


It was a good friend's birthday recently, and although I was unable to send Kat a knitted gift, I did manage to sew a little 'something' for her. When I was at Fibre East, I bought a cute sheepy scissor fob which I have attached to my sewing scissors. Kat has recently started quilting again, so I thought a scissor fob might be a fun gift for her. I rummaged through my scraps of fabric and found the perfect piece - a comical sheep. In no time at all, I had a finished scissor fob. I had some scissors in my gift box and I added some pins to the pin cushion. Quick and simple! See for yourself!


sheepy scissor fob (1)

sheepy scissor fob (3)

sheepy scissor fob (5)


Scissor fobs today are more of a decorative item, used to personalise a pair of scissors and make them identifiable. I've attached my fob to my sewing scissors to make sure that they don't get used for cutting anything else apart from fabric. Also, if I'm using them sat on the sofa, they can't slip down the side so easily. In the 18th century, because clothes didn't really have pockets, ladies used to have chatelaines to carry some of their most  frequently used items such as scissors, keys, thimbles, watch etc, suspended on a chain or cord from their waistband. 

Scissor fobs are so simple to make, you can easily make one for yourself if you'd like to. You'll need two pieces of fabric measuring 11cm by 8cm, preferably one patterned and the other plain. 


scissor fobs (1)


With wrong sides together, sew around the edges, allowing a 1cm seam, and leaving a 3.5cm opening either side of one corner. (You'll need to do this to turn it the right way round and add stuffing later.) I stitched one stitch diagonally on each corner to help with the shape when turned the right way. You can see from the photo below. Trim the corners off so that there's less bulk to deal with.


scissor fobs (3)


Turn the fob the right way out and press, folding over the corner seam where the ribbon or tape will be attached after stuffing. Push a pen lid into each corner to ease it out. Fill it with toy stuffing until it's quite firm, especially if you are going to be using it for pins too. Then it's time to attach the ribbon or tape. I found some fun tape with a tape measure printed on it - I thought this might be useful as an emergency measure! Allow about 30cm to attach to the fob. It's a little bit fiddly here as you need to tuck the ends inside the fob, between the front and back fabrics, and sew a seam close to the edge. It sounds a lot more complicated than it is, honestly! I made these in less than an hour! 


scissor fobs (6)

scissor fobs (8)


I made this one especially for a zombie-loving friend; I thought she'd laugh having to stick pins into the little zombie on the pin cushion!


scissor fobs (10)


I'd love it if you had a go at  making one for your scissors. But if it all seems like too much, I'm offering you the chance to win one in a little giveaway. It'll be my blog's 7th birthday (Really?! Have I been blogging that long?!) while we are away, so to be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell me what your favourite celebratory cake is and which of the scissor fobs you'd like if your name is first out of the hat. You have until the end of August to leave a comment. It's open to everyone, wherever you live. I look forward to drooling over your cake choices. (Mine is carrot cake by the way!) xxx

25 comments:

busybusybeejay said...

coffee and walnut for me!I love all the scissor fobs.Enjoy the rest of your holiday.Barbarax

snoopydog said...

Oh wow! They look great! My favourite cake....... hmmm, I have several that I could choose, but lets say a nice large slice of lemon drizzle. My favourite scissor fob is the lovely bright orange and white sheepy! Rosx

Judy said...

Oh dear. My favorite cake would be a toss up between Angel Food and Italian Cream. I would be delighted w/either! ALL your fobs are darling. Probably the favorite would be the Flo "look alike."

Thank you for the tutorial, Helen. I think your fobs would be the perfect Christmas gift for the women in my knitting group this year. I will definitely be looking for some tape measure ribbon. It's the perfect finishing touch!

Crowmich said...

Cake... Any cake, just give me cake! If I had to choose, chocolate of course x

Love all the fobs, particularly the black sheep.

gilly said...

Chocolate ganache cake wins every time for me! Happy 7th bloggiversary, well done & congrats 😊 Love your little scissor fobs, what a great idea and thanks for the tutorial too, they are all just so sweet.
Xx

Louisa Budd said...

My fave cake has got to be a victoria sponge!

All the scissor fobs are beautiful, but the tardis one is extra specially awesome!

Sally said...

I really like German Chocolate cake, a lot, but I can't really eat it anymore b/c nuts no long love me :( Secondarily, I settle for ice cream cake :)

These little scissor fobs are so cute! I love the one with the black kitty and in a close second, the orange one with the sheep.

quiltercaroline said...

My mums chocolate is my favourite! I love the idea of fobs and will try to make my own, loving the ones with sheep on. Thank you

Sarah Knits said...

The favourites in our house are carrot, lemon drizzle and chocolate with honey fudge icing (I made all 3 for my daughters 21st last week) but I can't choose between them they are all lovely!

Love those scissors fobs especially the sheep ones my favourites are the black sheep and the White one on the green background. 😃

Brenda B said...

Lemon Drizzle for me, my husband loves scones, yesterday I made Lemon and Sweet Lavender scones for morning coffee! As to the scissor fobs, they're fantastic! I really love the one with the green spotty fabric and the cute white sheep.

Carla Shiver said...

These are so cute! I love the sheep!

Claire said...

Brilliant fobs, I love them, and you could put some lavender in as well and hang them everywhere :)

Cake .... I love cheesecake ... does that count? And if I do win I'd love the Tardis fob. My late husband loved Dr Who and I was always buying him Dr Who themed pressies. He would have put one of these onto his Tardis USB pen to prevent it from getting lost.

Ashley W said...

Mmm. Recently I've been craving Bosco - it's an Italian cake covered with cream and lots of berries.

What a great idea for the fobs! My favorite is the green sheep. :)

VeggieMummy said...

I'm a carrot cake girl too - but it has to have lots of frosting; carrot cake without frosting I could live without! I love the scissor fobs - what a great idea. My scissors are always being appropriated by the rest of the family. I especially love the little black sheep. Have a great week. xx

Lyn said...

very clever!
xxx

Claire Sutherland said...

I love chocolate fudge cake and my favourite is the blue one with the sheep x
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Pam S said...

Triple chocolate ganache cake is my favourite for my birthday or any celebration (or day ending in y). I love the black cat fob it looks like my cat Bingley.

Vicki H said...

I like ice cream cake. Would love the black sheep.

Mokki said...

They're so sweet! I like the green sheep. Chocolate ganache cake would be my cake of choice. 3 cake layers, filled with dark caramel frosting and covered in dark chocolate ganache and served with loads of cream.

Kathy Davis said...

My favorite celebratory cake is for our Thanksgiving. It is called a Pumpkin Pie Cake. It is a mixture of cake and pumpkin pie with lots of pecans, Yummy!
I love the little orange sheep fob. They are all cute though.
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Dody said...

I like Carmel cake. Yum! I like the black sheep one. It's sew cute!
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OhioLori said...

I would have to choose German Chocolate Cake here! YUM!!!! Love ALL the Fobs...and Thank you for sharing how to make them. I would choose the Black Sheep Knitting!! So Cute...& I am trying to knit, am soooo very slooow at it....arrgh! My BFF is trying to teach me..tho we tend to roll on floor laughing at my trying! giggle...

Angela Wilcox said...

I love a good homemade chocolate cake. I love all the fobs but especially the TARDIS one - would love that :)

Clicky Needles said...

Choccy cake for me too! I love the sheepy fob. Back to school. *sigh*

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

I love the little black cat fabric for one! We have a beautiful black kitty named ninja, and our other sweet black cat, Mr. Onxy, passed away last January...he was precious. I love ICE CREAM CAKE! Yum and Happy Anniversary! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @ aol.com