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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tissue Box Cover

We're heading back to California Friday...:(  Thought I'd get a few projects done here before we leave.  I haven't been able to find any good looking (not hokey or tacky) Kleenex box covers so I'd thought I'd make my own.  Easy, quick and it's even reversible so you get two covers for the work of one.

You'll need:
8 pieces of fabric 5.5"x 6" for the sides (if you want it reversible use a different fabric for 4 of the pieces) and 2 pieces of 5.5"x5.5" for the top (one in the different fabric), freezer paper, foam brush and fabric paint

Cut out your pieces and sew side seams of the larger pieces leaving your stitching line open 1/2" from the end, iron seams

Download a clipart image or draw you own and transfer to
a piece of freezer paper.  Cut out image with an xacto knife

Iron freezer paper to the end panel of your sewn strip
(no steam, shiny side down)
Daub paint onto your stencil with a foam brush, let dry
remove freezer paper (remember to position your design
with the open section of the side seams at the top)
Sew the final side seam so you've created a tube
Iron final seam, turn right side out and 
slide assembly over the box to test for fit
Turn inside out, pin top piece to "tube" carefully spreading 
open the 1/2" of open side seam to ease corners, sew
Turn right side out, iron, mark the center of the top piece, 
then trace the little removable oval from the top
of the tissue box (this will be your pattern for the
opening on the top of the box) in the center of the lining piece
With right sides together, sew the lining piece to the
top of your assembly a 1/4" inside your tracing
Cut out the center section leaving a scant 1/4", clip all around
Turn right side out and iron.  Repeat the side piece assembly with the 
lining fabric and attach to the lining top.  Iron under
raw edges and sew (you'll then have a finished 
edge on the bottom of the fabric "box")
Slide over your tissue box...



  1. Wow! That is amazing! I think I might be able to try a pillow once I get the chance to give it a try, but this is way, way, way beyond my abilities! And it looks so cool! Those "Hawaii House" towels are pretty cool, too! Your house is going to be absolutely coordinated! :D

  2. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! I might have to give this a try in the near future.