Learn how to sew sweet covers for pocket-size tissue packages. This easy DIY sewing project makes a thoughtful gift! These have a hanging loop and are awesome for keeping in your purse, car, bedroom, office, bathroom, or anywhere you would need a tissue.
The folded fabric tissue holder uses small pieces of fabric so they are perfect for sewing with charm squares and scraps.
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The front of the cover is sewn from folded fabrics similar to my Folded Fabric Coasters and Potholders Pattern. Tissues pull easily from the opening or tuck inside when not in use.
I used Kleenex On the Go tissue packages that I found at Target. I have found a similar item for you on Amazon for easy reference.
Pocket Tissue Cover Finished Dimensions
The finished tissue holders are approximately 2 1/4” x 4”.
Tips for Choosing Materials
This project works best with cotton quilting fabric. The tissue pack covers are especially scrap-friendly because you will only need small rectangles of fabric.
The top of the tissue holder uses 4 fabric rectangles. I suggest using at least two different fabrics for the top so you get that great woven effect. Of course, you can use up to 6 different fabrics if you wish!
Any kind of thread that you can use on your sewing machine will work great. I used cotton thread, but polyester thread is fine too. The only stitching that will show is the topstitching on the hanging loop.
So let’s get started making beautiful fabric tissue covers that you can give as gifts this holiday!
To Make One Tissue Holder, You Will Need:
- 3 rectangles of fabric, 4” x 6” (2 for the front and 1 for the back)
- 2 rectangles of fabric, 4” x 4 1/2” (for the front)
- 1 rectangle of fabric 2” x 5” to make the hanging loop
You will also need:
- Cutting tools: scissors, rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat
- Sewing pins
- A sewing machine and sewing machine needle (size 80/12 or 90/14 suggested)
- Chopstick or turning tool
How to Sew a Folded Fabric Tissue Pack Holder
Make the Hanging Loop
1. Fold the 2” x 5” fabric strip in half lengthwise (wrong sides together) and press. Then open it and fold the long edges to the center, press.
2. Topstitch along both long edges, close to the edge.
Fold and Press 4 of the Fabric Rectangles
1. Set aside the 4” x 6” piece of fabric for the back of the tissue cover for now.
2. Fold the 4” x 4 1/2” fabric rectangles in half, placing the 4” edges wrong sides together. Press to make 4” x 2 1/4” rectangles.
3. Fold the 4” x 6” fabric rectangles in half, placing the 6” edges wrong sides together. Press to make 6” x 2” rectangles.
Sewing the Tissue Pack Holder
Use a 3/8” seam allowance, except when sewing on the hanging loop. If you find that you want more room inside your tissue holder, for a more loose fit, use a 1/4” seam allowance.
1. Fold the fabric rectangle for the back of the tissue holder in half, right sides together. Use your fingernail or a seam roller to make a small crease in the fabric at one side.
2. Fold the hanging loop in half and place the ends cloe together on either side of the small crease. The raw edges of the loop should be lined up with the raw edge of the fabric rectangles.
Pin the loop in place.
Tip: If your strip for the loop has a prettier side, place this side up.
3. Sew the hanging loop to the back of the tissue holder with a 1/4” seam allowance.
4. Lay the back of the tissue holder on your workspace, right side up.
Place a 2” x 6” folded fabric rectangle on top with the folded edge toward the center.
Working counter-clockwise, place a 4” x 2 1/4” folded fabric rectangle on the left side, with the folded edge toward the center.
Pin the fabrics together in the top left corner.
Place the second 2” x 6” folded fabric rectangle along the bottom with the folded edge toward the center.
Pin the fabrics together in the bottom left corner.
Then place the last 4” x 2 1/4” folded fabric rectangle on the right side with the folded edge toward the center.
Pin the fabrics together in the bottom right corner.
Lift up the first rectangle part-way to weave the last one under. Pin the top right corner.
5. Using a 3/8” seam allowance, sew all the way around the tissue cover. You do not need to leave an opening for turning. Pivot with your needle down at all of the corners.
5. Trim away the extra fabric at the corners. I usually trim more than this, but right now just cut straight across each corner at a 90 degree angle, without cutting the stitching.
This trim will enable us to see exactly where the corner of the case is when making boxed corners.
Make Boxed Corners
1. Pinch one corner of the tissue holder so that a short side is aligned with a long side. Fold the seam allowances in opposite directions so you can ‘nest’ the seams together between your thumb and fingers.
2. Pin the seam so it won’t shift while you move to your sewing machine.
3. Use the markings on your sewing machine as a guide to sew across the corner with a 1/2” seam allowance. This means that the tip of the corner (where you trimmed) should be guided along the 1/2” guideline on your sewing machine.
Be sure to backstitch at the start and end of this seam so it is secure.
Tip: If you do not have a 1/2” guide line on your sewing machine, you can use the edge of your sewing machine foot as a guide. A standard sewing machine foot is 3/8” wide, so let the corner tip extend by 1/8”.
4. Trim away the extra fabric at the point to make a 1/4” seam allowance.
Repeat for all four corners.
Now you know how to make beautiful pocket tissue pack holders for everyone you know!
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