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.
– 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″.
Step 2: With the pocket piece, fold down the top edge 1/4″ and press. Fold it another 1/4″ and topstitch.
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.
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.
Step 6: Press the seams flat.
Step 7: Fold the left side towards the middle so that it overlaps 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.
Step 9: Turn the tissue holder inside out. Your tissue holder is now ready to use!