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.
- 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
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.
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.
You can find some of our other Back to School tutorials here –
|8 Back to School Projects|
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