I have absolutely no idea what came over me. I guess it was that potato chip thing again but whatever it was - I couldn't stop.
In just an hour or so, this
lead to these
and then these
lead to these.
I was completely out. of. control.
Truth is, I could have gone on forever. Tissue holders for teachers, tissue holders for stocking stuffers, one for the dog groomer, a bunch for my sewing friends, for the receptionists at the doctors office and my hairdresser and then there's the kids school party favors...
I guess I can hope for a particularly horrid cold and flu season otherwise I have absolutely no idea what I'm going to do with all of these tissue holders.
My original plan was to make just a couple. One for each of my London girls and a couple to show you all how they're made. But they are so quick and easy and since you can get four from less than a quarter yard of fabric they just seemed to multiply.
One lead to another and before I knew it I'd made a boat load.
Let me show you how: Download Tissue Holders instructions
Cut two pieces - for the front and lining measuring 6 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" high.
Cut two pieces - for the contrasting band 1" by 5 1/2".
Fold the band pieces in half and press.
With raw edges even and fold to the inside sew the bands to each side of the 5 1/2" front piece.
With right sides together place front piece over lining and sew front to lining just inside the stitched line that attached the band.
Turn right side out and press. Then press in half to form a crease that marks the center.
Pin the two edges to the middle, lining up the bands to the center crease.
With a quarter inch seam sew across the top and bottom. Trim the four corners to reduce bulk.
With an overcast stitch or your serger finish the raw edges.
Turn right side out and with a Point Turner or chopstick poke the corners out.
(Side note: When I recently cleaned my sewing room I found FOUR Point Turners! Love those things and apparently one cannot have too many).
Fill with a package of purse size tissues (removed from the package). I purchase my tissues from the dollar store - eight for a dollar. So if you are using up scraps these are nearly free to make, because everyone knows that fabric from your stash is considered free and the tissues are less than a quarter.
There you go - fast, fun, nearly free and oh, so easy!
Encourage one another,