A few years ago when the items allowed on flights were heavily restricted I discovered the Clover cutter pendant. It is a small pendant with a blade enclosed completely in metal. You can cut threads with it, but not much else, so it is safe to take on board during a flight when you can’t take scissors.
So with a couple of flights coming up, I went searching for my cutter and had some trouble finding it again. I decided to make a little case for it so I’d find it easier next time and protect it when I’m travelling.
Here’s the tutorial if you’d like to make one for yourself – or even as a gift for another crafter!
What you’ll need:
- rectangle scrap of fabric, 15cm x 18cm, for the case (6″ x 7″)
- strip scrap of fabric, 2.5cm x 24cm, for the strap (1″ x 9.5″)
- scrap of iron-on interfacing slightly smaller than the strip scrap
- slip ring, 1.5cm diameter
- sewing supplies and iron
Create a hem on each short end of your rectangle by folding it over about 3mm twice, pressing and stitching down.
Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together and stitch down the side to form a tube.Turn through to the right side and press.
Thread the slip ring onto the Clover cutter. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the strip of fabric and trim the edges with pinking shears to stop fraying.
Thread the strip of fabric through the slip ring and fold in half wrong sides together. Stitch across the strap about 1cm from the slip ring to hold it in place.
Slip the other end of the strap into one end of the rectangle tube and stitch the opening closed, catching the strap into the seam as you sew. Stitch the other end of the tube closed as well.
Fold the tube in half to make a square. Stitch up the two sides to form a little pocket for the cutter to slip into.
All done! Enjoy some crafting on your flight, but remember to check on what other crafting tools you are allowed on board. I recently took a domestic flight within Australia and I was allowed to take my cutter and my crochet hook on board, but rules may vary between airlines and destinations, so check before you fly.