How To Make A Paper Sheath For Scissors

I mentioned a while ago, when writing about my knitter’s version of a Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread book, that I made a paper sheath for my little scissors. That’s the main subject of today’s post.

The first sheath I made was for a pair of stork-pattern embroidery scissors.

My scissors are 9.5 cm (3.75″) long, measuring from the tip of the blades to the end of the lower handle. If you have small scissors like this, you can use the same size paper as I did. (Please note: this pattern only works for scissors with offset blades.) If you have scissors of a different size, you will need to do some calculations before cutting your paper.

I started with a 16.25 cm (6″) square of origami paper and cut it in half diagonally. That gave me a triangle with a height of 10.8 cm (4.25″) and a base twice as long. The base of your triangle needs to be twice the length of your scissors plus about 1.25 cm (0.5″) to allow for a fold at the tip and a little extra space beyond the point of the blades. The height needs to be 4 times the measurement around the widest point of the scissors. Use scrap paper for your first try, as you may need to adjust your paper size of your scissors don’t have quite the same shape as mine.

When you have your test triangle cut, lay it out on your work surface. If your paper is two-sided, lay the ‘good’ side down.

Fold the triangle in half: bring the right lower point over to match the left lower point.

Turn down the upper tip about 1 cm (0.4″) so that the tip is centred.

Fold in half again: bring the right hand (folded) edge up to meet the diagonal edge. Make sure the folded tip stays inside this fold.

Fold the lower tip up to look like the picture below.

There is a pocket between the first and second layers of your paper. Take the tip you last folded and insert into the pocket.

If everything has gone well, you now have a paper sheath for your little scissors.

As ‘proof of concept’ I also made one for my Fiskars. I designed it to just fit over the base of the handles. It is folded out of a sheet of recycled copier paper, and while not terribly elegant, it could be useful when transporting scissors to binding workshops.


As well as preparing for this blog post I have been spending more time folding paper. I had a stack of square paper left over from the star book workshop, and I have been playing with components for origami quilt designs.

Some of the folded paterns fit together by themselves,

and some fit together with smaller connector units.

A number of the folds leave no cut edges exposed on the surface, so I think there may be possible textile applications in the future as well as paper ones.


In other book arts news:

Artspace Mackay in Mackay, Queensland, Australia will be exhibiting entries to the 2018 Libris Awards from May 26 to August 19, 2018. From their website:

Artspace Mackay’s nationally recognised competition brings to our region artists’ book entries by Australian artists competing in four sections. Showcasing the very best of works being created in the genre today, the Libris Awards always delivers a diverse, creative and ever-evolving approach to artists’ books. The Australian Artists’ Book Prize attracts students, emerging and established artists and Artspace proudly welcomes the judges for 2018, Roger Butler AM (Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia) and Helen Cole (former Coordinator of the Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland).

Wish I could go.  ; ]

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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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