Here is a simple tutorial on how to sew a fabric pocket tissue holder for travel-size tissues. It is a quick and easy sewing craft. Plus, this is a great beginner sewing pattern.
Our pocket tissue holder pattern is super easy to make (under 15 minutes) with scrap fabric and basic sewing skills, straight machine stitching.
DIY tissue holders make adorable gifts for family, friends, teachers, anyone. They are perfect for school-aged children to put in their backpacks. Who doesn't carry tissues? Don't forget to make one for yourself!
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DIY Tissue Holder Pattern
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Two Cotton Fabrics
- Coordinating Thread
- Sewing Machine
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Tissues Pack - Look for the packs by Kleenex that are 4.5" L x 2.5" W x 1" D or a similar size in another brand.
Finished Size: 4-3/4" x 3-1/8"
Seam Allowance: 1/4" and scant 1/4"
Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 1/2 hour
DIY Fabric pocket tissue holder INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1: FABRIC SELECTION
First of all, this project is a great way to reduce your scrap fabric stash. So before running to the store to purchase fabric check your fabric scrap bin.
Begin by selecting two pieces of complimentary fabric for your fabric tissue holder: One piece will be the outer fabric, the other is the lining fabric.
STEP 2: Cut the Fabrics
You will cut 1 outer fabric piece and one lining piece.
Cut the following pieces of fabric:
Outer Fabric - 6" x 6"square
Lining Fabric - 6" x 8" rectangle
You will notice that the lining fabric is bigger than the outer fabric. This is on purpose. The lining fabric creates a small border around the tissue cover opening.
STEP 3: SEWING 6" SIDES TOGETHER
Lay the lining fabric face up on your work surface. Place the outer fabric face down on top of the lining fabric. The two pieces are right side together.
Line up one 6" side and pin. Line up the other 6" sides and pin.
Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the two 6" ends.
Since the outer fabric is shorter than the lining fabric, after sewing the piece will not lay flat. The piece should resemble the following picture.
STEP 4: PRESSING THE DIY POCKET TISSUE HOLDER
Take the sewn piece to the ironing board and with an iron press the two seams toward the outer fabric. Then, press it flat so there is approximately 1/2” of the lining fabric showing on each side of the outer fabric.
STEP 5: SEWING RAW EDGES
Go back to the sewing machine and sew one long side using a 1/4" seam allowance. On the other long side, sew with a 1/4" seam allowance but leave a 2” opening in the middle. This opening will be used to turn the fabric right side out.
STEP 6: TURNING TISSUE HOLDER RIGHT SIDE OUT
Carefully turn the fabric right side out through the opening and gently push out corners. Press the fabric flat; folding in the raw edge opening so it is flush with the seam.
STEP 7: FOLDING
On a flat surface put the piece with the main fabric (outside fabric) facing up. Fold the short sides to the center overlapping them about 1/4”. Pin to hold them in place.
STEP 8: SEWING AGAIN
Sew along the short ends using a scant 1/4” seam. A scant 1/4" seam is a seam that is a little less than 1/4 inch.
STEP 9: FINISHING UP THE POCKET TISSUE HOLDER
Turn the tissue cover right side out and poke out the corners.
TA-DA! Your fabric pocket tissue holder is now complete. You can slide a pack of tissues into the pocket and carry it with you wherever you go.
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