Here’s an easy sewing project for you. It uses up small scraps of fabric, and would make a nice little gift. If you’re like me, you’ve got facial tissue or a handkerchief shoved in every jacket pocket or purse. This fabric tissue holder will hold a small pack of tissue, or you can just grab a couple of tissues, fold them, and refill your holder. The pocket on the back will hold a small bottle of hand sanitizer and lip balm – perfect for when you’re on the go.

These are perfect for tossing in your backpack, purse, or in the car

Supplies Needed:
– Two coordinating fabrics (1 for the pocket & 1 for the body):
Body: (cut 2) 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
Pocket: (cut 1) 4″ x 7 1/2″
Seam allowance 1/4″
– Coordinating thread
– Sewing machine
– Measuring tape or ruler
Tissue pack or fold and stuff your own
– Optional: lip balm, hand sanitizer


Step 1: Cut out the fabric pieces. For the body, cut 2 pieces measuring: 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″. For the pocket, cut 1 piece measuring: 4″ x 7 1/2″.

Cut out two pieces for the body, and one for the pocket

Step 2: With the pocket piece, fold down the top edge 1/4″ and press. Fold it another 1/4″ and topstitch.

Fold down the top of the long edge

Step 3: Take one of the body pieces and your pocket piece. With both sides right side up, place the pocket piece on top of the body piece. Next, take the other body piece and sandwich the pocket piece. Right sides should be facing each other.

Place one of the body and pocket pieces right side up, then place the other body piece right side down

Step 4: Pin the left and right sides and stitch both sides closed. Leave both the top and bottom open. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 5: Turn the tissue holder inside out, so that the right side of the prints are all facing out.

After sewing the sides, turn the tissue holder right side out

Step 6: Press the seams flat.

Step 7: Fold the left side towards the middle so that it overlaps 1 3/4″.

Fold the left side over 1 3/4″

Step 8: Next, take the right side and fold it towards the middle, slightly overlapping the other side. You want the width to be 3″.

Pin the middle to secure it in position.

Sew across the top and bottom. Remove the pin.

Fold the right side over so that the entire width of the tissue holder measures 3″ across

Step 9: Turn the tissue holder inside out. Your tissue holder is now ready to use!

The pocket allows you to store a lip balm and small bottle of hand sanitizer

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