Taking Your Stitching When You Travel

I go away for a few days on a business trip next week, I’m attending a marketing conference in Atlanta the 18th – 22nd. Usually I take a stitching project with me when I travel, and the few times I’ve flown I haven’t had a problem with my tiny travel scissors being in one of my checked bags.

However, this trip it’s just me and I don’t plan on paying $50 to check my one suitcase since it’s carry-on sized. I’ll have my suitcase and my totebag/purse with me and that’s about it, I travel pretty light. So obviously a carry on bag with a pair of scissors isn’t going to fly – literally. I know some folks have mentioned using nail clippers or cuticle scissors in the past. I’m actually thinking about picking up or ordering a Clover Thread Cutter this weekend just so I don’t have to think about.

I know they are really being picky about what passes security these days – I don’t even want to think about the TSA pat down on the way through security in Atlanta *shudder* So all of this has me wondering today, what do you take with you when you travel? I’d love to hear everyone’s travel stitching stories and tips, please leave a comment below.

Happy Stitching!


P.S. I hopped over to Etsy to see if I could find any alternatives or creative solutions and I was happy to find that CobwebCorner’s Etsy shop has a few Clover Cutter Pendant lariat necklaces premade in her shop.


image & crafting credit: CobwebCorner Etsy Shop etsy.com/shop/CobwebCorner

They’re 29″ long, so perfect for easy wearing and thread snipping. It looks like there are three colors available right now (purple, green, red) – well, that is if you can beat me to the checkout 😉

About Loretta

Passionate stitcher. Mom of four amazing young men. Wife to a comic book geek who makes me smile every day. Transcriptionist by trade. Gluten-free by necessity. Writer at heart. Seeker of knowledge and reader of novels. Dreamer of big colorful creative dreams.


  1. you can also get a thread cutter ring

  2. Hmmm I asked this question somewhere and I thought I was told we can take our little embroidery scissors now. You can check with the TSA site before you leave to see what it says since it’s always changing. This is a great idea though!

  3. I haven’t flown anywhere in a while, but the next time I do, I’m definitely planning to pick one of these handy things up. Have a great trip!

  4. I usually carry a smaller project with me and put all the threads and accessories in a zip lock bag.

    Now that you mention about the cutter – we recently flew to Las Vegas for a driving trip to the grand canyon and mesa verde and no one checking baggage made a peep about my small child sized scissors in my carry-on bag with my stitching supplies – not on either flight there or back.

  5. I would think cuticle scissors could be taken, as they are extremely sharp. I always used nail clippers. I’m extra cautious after being refused to security pass because of my facial cleanser. I had too many liquids in my bag. They said toss it (Mary Kay face stuff, I don’t think so) or go check my bag. I checked the bag. But that was before they started charging for it.

  6. Gail via STNA's Facebook Fan Page says:

    I have had a clover cutter for many years, specifically for air travel. I always worry about taking needles on a plane.

  7. I saw a lady on a plane I was on doing cross stitch and she had embroidery scissors, she said they were allowed. I didn’t think they were so I had brought a pair of scrapbooking zigzag scissors! They didn’t take them away. It was kind of a pain to snip the thread with them!

  8. On the TSA website it says that metal scissors with pointed tips and blades less than 4 inches long are fine to carry on. Most embroidery scissors fall into that category. At least the last 4 times I’ve flown, I’ve carried on scissors and needles with no problem.
    Check out the TSA website for more info.

  9. Less than 4inches, that’s good to know! Now which project should I take with me? :-p

  10. Yes, most airlines have gone back to allowing small embroidery scissors. I would still take a self addressed stamped envelope so that you can mail them to yourself if they try to confiscated them.

  11. Lisa Marie Mary says:

    That is an absolutely fabulous invention! And cute, too! Especially the way CobWeb Corner’s dressed it up! I don’t suppose there’d be any such thing for us crocheters… I lost a pair of sewing scissors out of my crochet kit once at the airport. Thank GOD I had just recently switched out my scissors – I usually keep my Grandmother’s scissors in there! I would have thrown a FIT over those!!! I don’t even know why I’d switched them ….guess Grandma whispered in my ear or something!

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