Craft & Design


Are your favorite scissors getting dull? Give inexpensive scissors a new lease on life with a sheet of sandpaper and this scissors sharpening tutorial from Jessi at Practically Functional!

I wouldn’t use this method with nice dressmaking shears—if you’ve got high quality scissors, your neighborhood hardware store or sewing shop should be able to point you in the direction of a trusted local knife/blade sharpener—but it might be worth a try for those well-loved bargain scissors! Of course, if you’re concerned about your blades, you can always try a commercially available home scissors sharpener, a trip to a blade sharpening professional, or even cutting through tinfoil to hone those edges.

And, while you’re in scissors mode, you can also learn how to clean and oil your scissors here.


Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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