Do you carry tissues in your purse? I do, and the package is always torn at the enclosure much sooner than finishing the tissues. I’ve made some purse-sized tissue holders that will last through many packages of tissues.
Recently, while rummaging through the remnant stash at Hobby Lobby, I got a little carried away. I bought too many. Couldn’t help myself, ’cause I’m a fabric fiend, y’all! Oh, well. Whatever I don’t use today, I will use another day, another project.
It only requires a smidge of fabric, so grab a couple of scraps. You’ll need a cover fabric (I recommend a darker color – light will get dingy from handling) and a contrast for the edges and inside. Simply cut out two rectangles, one that is 5 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ (outside/cover fabric) and another that is 5 3/4″ x 8″ (inside fabric).
With right sides together, stitch along the 5 3/4″ measurement ends. Surge or zigzag edges. It should look like this.
Flip it right-side out at this point, press the sewn edges, and lay out your fabric with the contrast peeking out at each end.
If you’re adding an iron-on initial (I use the 1″ size), center it at one end and press as directed by package instructions.
To sew it into a pouch, fold the initialed end toward the center, initial to the under side (top fabric on inside). It should measure 2 1/4″ from the edge.
Then fold the opposite edge toward the center at 1 1/4″ from the edge.
Sew each end and zigzag edges, or surge them. Then invert, using a pointed object to work the corners to be square, not rounded.
Voila! You’re done. A friend put in an order for relatives on her Christmas list. I made five tissue holders assembly line style, which was much easier and seemed faster than one at a time.
Need a unique stocking stuffer for Christmas? Need a quick little “happy” for a friend any time of year? Enjoy making these for your friends and family, y’all!