{Back to School} Tissue Cover

With the new school year looming, it is the perfect time to do some Back to School crafting. Sadly, my teens no longer want me to make them anything for the new academic year, but with some pleading on my part, Sarah agreed that she could use some Tissue Covers to keep in her school bag and locker. She has inherited my allergies, so always needs a steady supply of tissues. We tend to buy the travel packs of tissues in bulk!

After a look through our fabric stash we found the perfect fabrics. Polka Dots, Eiffel Towers, Union Jacks, and Cupcakes! (Our favourite themes). We found the French and British themed fabrics at Spotlight (they are a linen cotton blend). Wish I had of bought some of the Aussie themed one as well.

I didn’t use a pattern, and made up my own design as I went along. There are no doubt loads of tutorials around for Tissue Covers but if you want to make one like ours, I noted down the dimensions and took a few progress photos.

Tissue Cover

    • 6 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches  (Main Fabric – Eiffel Tower)
    • 2 1/4 inch x 5 3/4 inch (Contrasting Fabric – Polka Dot)
    • 8 x 5 3/4 inch (Lining Fabric – white)
    • 1 1/2 inch of striped ribbon, 3/4 inch wide
    • 6 inch mini pom pom trim (optional)
    • Travel pack of tissues
Prepare Materials

Stitch the smaller rectangle (polka dot) to the larger rectangle (Eiffel Towers) along the 5 3/4 inch edge to form the front cover. Press. Fold the ribbon in half, and baste it in place, 1 inch from the top left hand side as shown in the photo.

Assemble Tissue Cover

With the right sides facing, layer the tissue cover on top of the white lining. Pin together. Stitch together along the top and bottom edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Turn out the right way. Press.

Optional: If you want to add pom pom trim, stitch it on (along the edge with the ribbon), using a scant seam allowance.

Sew Front to Back

Lay the tissue cover on your table as shown in the photo above. Turn down the top edge 2 1/4 inches. Press. Turn up the bottom edge 1 3/4 inches (along the seam line where the Eiffel Tower fabric meets the polka dots). Press. The Tissue cover should measure 5 1/4 inches x 3 1/2 inches. Stitch both sides together as shown. Overlock raw edges. Clip corners. Turn out right way using a turning tool. Press.
Note: The top flap will overlap the bottom flap  by approx 1/2 inch.

Stitch Sides of Tissue Cover
Turn out the Right Way and Press.

The Tissue Covers are sized to hold a small pack of travel tissues. They are great to have on hand in your school bag, hand bag, or suitcase. Of course, I couldn’t stop at one and made up a few to use when travelling.

Check out our Liberty Tissue Covers for a different view of this same tutorial.Liberty Tissue Cover

You can find some of our other Back to School tutorials here –

8 Back to School Projects

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  1. says

    Thanks for the Tut…excellent fabric choice, Spotlight at Clovercrest in South Australia still have the Aussie one if you want some…give them a call and they’ll post it…
    Hugs x

  2. says

    I’ve been catching up with your posts, so many clever and delicious ideas! The chicken patties is one of my favourites, I also tried the vegetable muffins, but had to change a little because we don’t have self-raising flour. Your chocolate chip cookies are the best recipe, it’s always a success! And I love how you made the Patchwork Needle Book, just lovely!

  3. says

    Gorgeous! I think a lot of the NSW stores have the Melbourne print and the VIC stores have the Sydney print. Call the shop at home, it’s on clearance at a lot of stores so you might pick it up cheap!

  4. says

    Oh wow this is great! I always have those plastic tissue pouches in my purse and they just don’t stand up to two little girls so the tissues end up all over my purse or in an ugly sandwich bag. I am going to try and make on of these today.

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Anonymous says

    Love, love, love these! Please tell us who is the fabric manufacturer so we can search for it in the U.S. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. says

    Cold and flu season has arrived, so this will be the perfect little pick-me-up project for sniffly friends. Thanks for posting, I am off to search my fabric scraps right this minute!

  7. says

    who makes the union jack fabric? I was wondering if I could order some online. I am making a Union Jack quilt for my son, Jack and have been looking for some fabric. I am in the US. Thanks!

  8. says

    Hi! I love these tissue covers! I would like to feature them (as well as some of your other projects) at Sewistry.com (a frugal sewing site). I would use one picture and link back to you. Please let me know if you have any concerns.

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      The tissues can be removed from the front of the cover, between the two layers that are slightly overlapped. They are easy to remove.

  9. says

    Thanks for the tutorial, like you said there are a few alternatives out there but I like the idea of the two tone fabrics and especially the addition of the little ribbon tab!
    I made a couple of these this evening, adjusting the size slightly as my tissue packets seem narrower and I boxed the corners too.
    Might try and hunt down some bobble trimming … it looks such fun! x patchworkalley

    • A Spoonful of Sugar says

      Thanks Alison – they are fun little projects to use some of your fabric “scraps”. Adding different trims and ribbons adds to the fun.:)

  10. Jeanne says

    These are so addictive…we just made 4 and are trying to think of more people to make them for. Super quick project and a fun way to use up scraps! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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