Travel Tissue Holder Tutorial
Gather Your Supplies:
~Fabric for the outside of your travel tissue holder ~ I use regular cotton quilt fabrics or decorator fabrics.
~Coordinating lining fabric Cotton batting or flannel for interfacing* Each piece should be cut 6-1/2” x 8-1/2”
*I use flannel for my interfacing because I love the softness and it’s so easy to work with.
1. Place your fabrics on your cutting table in the following order.
~Lining – right side up
~Outer fabric – right side down
2. Use 1/8” to 1/4” seam allowance. I use about a 1/8” seam allowance. Start sewing approximately 2” from the bottom and stitch all the way around, leaving a 2” opening a for turning the fabric. Be sure to back stitch at the corners. I’ve used a dark pink thread in order to show the stitching, but you will obviously use a coordinating thread. Clip the corners to eliminate any bulk.
3. Carefully turn the tissue holder right side out. You’ll need something to push out the corners. I usually use a knitting needle. Don’t push too hard on the knitting needle or you’ll poke through the fabric.. (ask me how I know this!)
4. Press your fabric, folding in and pressing the seams of the opening left for turning. You can either stitch this opening closed or use some fusible tape. (I do both)
5. Mark your tissue holder with pins at the halfway point along the length- wise sides. This is just to use as a reference point. Fold one end approx. 1/4” – 3/8” beyond your reference pins.
6. Fold the opposite end over the bottom flap so that it measures 3-1/2” from the top to the bottom. Finger press the top and bottom folds or pin in place if that’s easier for you. The reason I overlap the two flaps is that it helps to keep your tissues clean.
7. Sew 1/8”-1/4” from the sides, backstitching at the beginning and end of stitching and at the intersection where the two flaps meet. Repeat on the opposite side.
8. Turn your tissue holder right side out and you’re finished!
Copyright Marilyn Kelley Designs 2009