A couple years ago I saw one of these covers for a tissue box in a gift shop and immediately went home and created my own pattern.
There is no stopping me now because I make tissue box covers for every holiday and since I make most of my own bedspreads and window coverings I always make them to match my decor too! They are pretty easy to make and are so much more fun than just plain old cardboard tissue boxes so let’s get going with the tutorial!
Supplies to make the tissue box cover:
- 1/2 yard of fabric (this is actually enough fabric to make two covers) and if your fabric is 45″ wide there will be a bit left over for our project for next week
- 30 inches of 1/2″ wide ribbon (for each cover)
- Thread to match fabric
- You will also need the standard sewing gear – pins, scissor, one safety pin and ruler and sewing machine.
Cut one piece of fabric 15″ long 9 1/2″ from the fold (which would be 19″ when laid open flat) Make sure you have the pattern in the fabric running the correct direction. Sew the bottom and the 15 “side opening with a 1/4 inch seam. Mark and cut out a 2 inch x 2 inch square through both layers from the stitching line on both the seam side and the fold side.
On the fold side measure down 5 inches and mark with a pin or marker. See Step # 5 for the picture of the opening. We need to create a small opening for the ribbon. You can choose to hand stitch or zigzag around opening or make a small buttonhole. When the ribbon is inserted you will not see the stitching at all.
Fold down 1/4 inch on the upper edge and press and stitch the seam. Fold down another 3 inches and press. We will be creating a channel for the ribbon by stitching one inch from the top fold and one inch from the bottom edge.
*To easily keep the stitching line straight, place a piece of blue painters tape on the sewing machine at the correct distance and simply line up the edge of the fabric with the tape and sew all the way around and move it as needed .
Take the center seam on each 2 inch cut and bring them together to form the bottom square. Stitch the length of the opening.
Insert the safety pin on one edge of the ribbon and slip through the channel. Trim the edges of the ribbon, insert the tissue box and pull the ribbon gathering but leave enough room for the tissue to be pulled out. Tie a pretty bow and you are all done!