September 4, 2014

TUTORIAL: Pocket Tissue Pack Cover

This month's tutorial is a quick one as I play catch up from a Summer's-full back-log. But it's one I needed. As we head back to school and into fall, I foresee many sniffles and runny noses. I'll stash a pack of pocket tissues in my bag and another in my coat pocket, so I whipped up these quick, self-binding pocket tissue packet covers from my scrap stash to make me smile every time I have to reach for one. And you can, too.

Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren



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I first sewed a tissue case with a horizontal opening. When I went to put the tissues from my coat pocket into it I realized that packet opened on the short end. So I sewed a case with a short-end opening. Then when I went to stock more tissues I could only find packs with horizontal openings. Really?!

I'm including instructions how to sew both tissue packet covers for whichever pocket packet type you find. The cover features openings that are off-center to accommodate the tissue packets currently on the market and self-binding accent fabric which makes this project a super quick sew.


Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren


If you're like me and prefer to print out the tutorials you use, you can download the free three-page PDF file at Craftsy [you'll need an account, but that's also free with an email address]. Otherwise read on for a full tutorial how to sew a pocket tissue packet cover to make you smile through the sniffles.



MATERIALS


  • Tissue Pack Make a note if it opens across the long (horizontal) or the short end (vertical).
  • Quilting-weight fabric for the outer Shell*
  • Coordinating quilting-weight fabric for the Lining and self-binding*
  • Coordinating thread and appropriate needle for the fabric
  • OPTIONAL: One piece ¾″ wide Ribbon cut 1 ½″ long

*See Cutting for the amount of materials needed. I was able to use scraps from previous projects. My favorite source for small amounts of fabric is the remnant bin at my local fabric store, but you could even sew up a few covers from just two fat quarters.


Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Make a note of where the tissue pack you'll be using opens before you start cutting.

CUTTING 


The dimensions listed here will create a final Cover 4 ½″ wide x 2 ¾″ tall x 1″ deep. Note that the cutting is very different depending on whether you are making a cover with a horizontal or a vertical opening. 

Horizontal Opening Cover
Outer Shell Fabric: 7″ x 6″ cut 1 
Lining/Binding Fabric: 8.5″ x 6″ cut 1 

Vertical Opening Cover
Outer Shell Fabric: 4″ x 10″ cut 1 
Lining/Binding Fabric: 4″ x 11.5″ cut 1




CONSTRUCTION

All seam allowances are a ¼" throughout. 


1.      With the Shell fabric and the Lining fabric right sides together, sew one matching edge (on the Horizontal cover this is the 6" edge; on the Vertical it’s the 4" edge). 

2.      Sew the opposite edge; because the Shell is shorter than the Lining the piece will not lie flat at this point.
Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 2: Sew matching edges; horizontal (l), vertical (r).


3.      Turn right side out. Finger press the seam-allowance toward the Lining. Press flat, creating even 1/4" accent borders of the Lining fabric on either side of the Shell.
Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 3: Press flat creating even accent borders; horizontal (l), vertical (r).


4.      With the shell side up, fold sewn edges toward the center as follows (both openings are set off-center to accommodate the current tissue packs on the market): 

Horizontal: left side in 1.5"; right side in until both sides meet/touch (2"). 

Vertical: top side down 1.5"; bottom side up until both sides meet/touch (3.5"). 

Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 4: Fold in sides until they meet; horizontal (l), vertical (r).




5.      OPTIONAL: Fold the ribbon in half and tuck it into an open seam, aligning raw the edges and the side of the ribbon with the side of the accent border. I prefer to do this on the shorter folded-in piece.
Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 5 (Optional): Tuck ribbon into an open seam; horizontal (l), vertical (r).


6.      Stitch each open side; in addition to back-stitching/lock-stitching at the ends, I also like to reinforce the point where the edges meet by back-stitching. Finish the raw edges using your preferred method (I use pinking shears).
Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 6: Stitch each open side; horizontal (l), vertical (r).



OPTIONAL: You can stop here, and skip the next step. Turn your tissue cover right side out and you're done! Or you can move on and box the corners. 


7.      Pinch one corner so that the stitched seam is centered on the triangle created and fold the seam allowance away from the tissue cover opening. Stitch across the triangle, perpendicular to the seam allowance and 3/8" down from the corner point. Do not trim (it’s small enough that there’s no need and the extra fabric helps the cover keep its shape). Repeat on the remaining three corners.
Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 7 (Optional): Box each corner with seam allowance away from the tissue cover opening.


8.      Turn the cover right side out, push out all the corners. 

Pocket Tissue Pack Cover | Tutorial for sewing a self-binding Tissue Pack Cover with a vertical OR horizontal opening. | The Inspired Wren
Step 8: Done! horizontal (l), vertical (r).


YOU'RE DONE!

This one makes a great little gift for a thank you, for teachers, for grown-up party favors. It's great for weddings or even bridal showers. I whipped up 30 for my kid sister's bridal shower this past weekend. I was worried they were too wedding-y but a toast from our mom and a sentimental gift proved me wrong as the happy tears flowed. 

If you use this tutorial, I’d love to see and hear about your results. Come share your projects on The Inspired Wren Share page. There you can link up your images from a blog, Flickr, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Sew this pocket tissue pack cover as a favor for a bridal shower or a wedding! | The Inspired Wren
Paired with the classic poem, the tissue pack cover makes a great bridal-shower or wedding favor.


PS -- Thanks for reading to the end. Consider pairing your Tissue Pack Cover with a coordinating Hand Sanitizer Jacket and Tote Bag for a complete set!  ~Ren

Find tutorials for this coordinating Tote and Accessories Set on The Inspired Wren


Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.
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46 comments:

  1. I love this idea so much I'm pinning it for future reference. I have to make one of these for myself in the near future since the plastic packages are always coming apart in my bag. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! When you make one I'd love to see it.

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  2. That is really cute! I'll have to make one too!

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to see it if you do.

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  3. Love this idea! Now to think about making these in the next 17 days before my daughter's bridal shower . . . . you inspire me too much! Thank you for this great tutorial! <3

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    1. Confession: I made 30 of these in the 7 days before my sister's shower, so...it can be done. Line them all up, don't cut the thread between the stitches on one and the stitches on the next, and they really do go fast. (And I HATE batch sewing, so you know I'm not lying.)

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  4. just downloaded this...making a purse for a friend, and 3 things to go inside...this kleenex holder, an eyglass container, and wallet...all from Craftsy!!...have many of their classes and LOVE them...their patterns too super well written and any questions are promptly helped!!

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    1. Mary, I'd love to see the entire collection when you're done!

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  5. These would be great as small gifts. As always a clear and easy to read tutorial, Ren.

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  6. Ren I have made hundreds of these over the years, although not the vertical ones, but I just love that simple addition of the ribbon. The ribbon gives it such a nice touch and they are great wedding favors with the poem. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. I admit I read a bunch of tutorials for these before making my own, and I saw that ribbon addition on another tutorial and thought the same thing; it just seems to add a nice touch. I was frustrated that there weren't ANY vertical version out there and even more frustrated that all the tutorials I found had the opening placed dead-center when none of the tissue packs I found did. That's what prompted me to write it out.

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  7. Such a cute DIY - thanks for sharing with us at the #WWDParty

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  8. I love those tissue pack covers! Thanks for sharing, your tutorial is very clear and detailed!

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  9. I love love love this! Going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I loved this post so much that I chose it to be featured for this weeks party. :) Go grab a button you deserve it!

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  10. Super cute. I love all the versions you provided :)

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    1. Thanks, Marni. There are a lot of these out there, but I was looking for the alternative and that's why I wrote it out.

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  11. Thanks for sharing how to make a vertical tissue cover - great tutorial.

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  12. That is really cute! I can think of several people I know who would enjoy receiving one of those!

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    1. Thanks, Amy. It make a great quick gift.

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  13. Super cute! I've been meaning to make some of these for ages but didn't feel like figuring out all the measurements. Now I have no excuse. If you're looking for another place to share your projects, stop by Etcetorize and join our Make it Monday party. (There's a giveaway for linked up entries.)

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  14. Love little tissue pouch covers - they make great little stocking stuffers for Christmas too. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made!

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  15. Another use: I've been selling these for years at a local craft store. However, I found that a lot of them are being used as a cover for giving gift cards! Thank you for the tutorial; I hadn't though of the vertical opening.

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    1. Yes! These would be great card holders. I think the vertical version would do a great job holding cards securely.

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  16. These are adorable! I plan to make a bunch to include as stocking stuffers and as gifts to my co-workers! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. WOO HOO! These will make great stocking stuffers.

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  17. Incredible.... They are exactely like mine....
    http://hobbydistoffa-hdc.blogspot.it/2013/03/etciu.html

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    1. It is amazing how we can have similar solutions to the same problem -- great minds think alike! I would give credit to yours if I had seen it prior to writing my own tutorial, but in this case I did not.

      Sew McCool has written a great article on how this happens more frequently than we all realize. You should check it out: http://www.sewmccool.com/ive-copied-and-i-bet-you-have-too/

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  18. Thank you for showing me how to make a tissue pouch for the top opening tissues - shame on me for not being able to figure it out myself. :)

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    1. YAY! Gad I could help. I recently saw another tissue pack sewing tutorial and it suggested just taking the tissues out of the plastic before putting them in your custom-sewn cover. Yeah. That would work too, and then it doesn't matter where the opening is.

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  19. Found this on Pinterest! Great tutorial...I am a beginner and found it very easy to follow and have already made three! Thank you!

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  20. I love these covers! They make the tissue packs look soooo much nicer. Thanks for making this tutorial!
    I linked to this post from my blog, you can see it here.

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  21. I love his pattern thank you! I have made several of these for gifts which have been well received.

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  22. Thank you.I just sewed one,a lot of mistakes including using a heavy fabric :)) ,in my next pocket tissue pack cover I will pick a regular cotton fabric.Great tutorial,thanks a lot.

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  23. Thank you for this tutorial. I translated it to French and put on my blog. I hope that you don't mind. http://sweet-a-porter.blogspot.fr/2016/06/a-vos-souhaits.html

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  24. Can you tell me do you take the tissues out of the plastic or leave the plastic on before you them in the cover?

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  25. I need some help with boxing the corners. I am a newbie but had a hard time understanding this part with the pictures & instructions. Thank you.

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