Tissue Pouch Tutorial – part of the Gifts under $5 / 15 minutes series!
April 26, 2011 by robiedodson
yay – I’m finally posting this!!!
My dear Rosamund was born last Sunday morning without a hitch – thanks to a fabulous husband, excellent doctor, and….let’s face it – glorious epidural. Sorry naturalists…i tried my best, but the meds won out over this weakling!
Just before I went into labor, I was working on this tutorial (along with 2 Etsy dresses, house cleaning, planting a tree, and craigslisting!). So, I’m delighted to finally get it posted. I think I first mentioned this tutorial sometime LAST YEAR!! Well, here it is….
How to Make a Tissue / Kleenex Pouch – a DIY Tutorial just for y’all! Warning: THESE ARE FUN!
We're going to make just these oh-so-easy basic ones. At the end I'll show a couple of variations for the days when you have 6 minutes instead of just 5.
Let’s Get Started, shall we?!?
Start with two scrap pieces. These don't have to be large pieces.
You'll be cutting 2 pieces - both cut to 6" x 7"
As you can see - I prefer to cut my pieces right sides together so that they're ready immediately for sewing. Just saves a couple of seconds, but worth it to me!
Now, using a scant 1/4" seam (or less), sew along the edges leaving a small opening on one of the 6" sides. You can see my opening on the right hand side. For those of you brand new to sewing, this is exactly how you make a pillow, too!
Clip your corners!!!
Turn right side out. Then use your scissors to push out the corners.
What next??? Pressing, of course! Say it with me, "If you dont have time to press, you don't have time to sew!"
Next, you'll need to close up that hole that you left, so top stitch along that side. Go ahead and top stitch along the other side, too, so that both sides look identical. clip those tail threads!
Decide which side you'd like to be the outside and which you'd like to be the lining. Place the square with the outside fabric facing you, fold the two topstitched sides into the center.
Again using a very narrow seam allowance, stitch along the sides (the sides that have not been topstitched)
Turn right side out, PRESS, and you're done!!!
I really really really enjoy making these. I think because it’s such a fun and fast way to bring your scraps to life … or, maybe even a way to enjoy some of that expensive fabric without going broke!
COST: FREE!!!! If you give it as a gift, please be kind and include a package of tissues. This will bring your cost to a whopping 33 CENTS!
TIME: first time – probably about 7 minutes. every time after that – under 5 minutes!!!
This is my go-to project for a little pick-me-up, a last-minute hostess gift or stocking stuffer, etc. I hope you’ll make some too!
As promised, here are some variations... me being me ... ruffles are always welcomed!
To this one, I added a button loop and a covered button. (I have a tutorial here for covering buttons)
Here, I just cut out a heart from a piece of scrap felt and attatched it with a seam down the middle. This one makes me smile!
As you can imagine, the options are endless here.
If you make one or SOME, send me photos!!!