How to Make a Pocket Tissue Pack Cover: A Tutorial
These pocket tissue pack covers are handy to have. They save your tissues from getting tatty and shredded in your pocket or bag, and they make nice gifts. They’re quick and easy to make. So let’s get started…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Quilting-weight cotton fabric for exterior and lining
- Matching thread
- Rotary cutter
- Rotary cutting ruler
- self-healing rotary cutting mat
- wash-away marking pen or a pin
- Clover Clips or pins
- Sewing machine
- iron/ironing board
Step 1: Cut the fabric
From the exterior fabric, cut a rectangle 5½ inches tall and 6½ inches wide.
- If you are using fabric with a directional pattern, be aware that the 5½ inch side will be the length of the tissue cover.
- If you want the pattern motifs to be symmetrical either side of the tissue cover opening and from end to end, ensure that the fabric motifs are placed symmetrically inside the 5 ½ x 6 ½ inch rectangle when you cut out.
From the lining fabric, cut a rectangle 5½ inches tall and 7½ inches wide.
Step 2: Sew the side seams
Lay the exterior fabric on top of the lining fabric, right sides together. Match up the shorter 5½ inch sides and clip and sew them using a ¼ inch seam.
Since the lining fabric is wider than the exterior fabric, you should now have a tube that looks like this:
Step 3: Press the side seams
While the fabric tube is still inside out, gently press each seam allowance so that the lining fabric is pressed towards the exterior fabric. Then turn the tube right side out.
Step 4: Press the edges of the tube
Press the edges of the cover so that a ¼ inch wide strip of the lining shows along each of the shorter sides of the exterior fabric. Make sure that both the ¼ inch strips of lining are straight all the way along and that both are identical in width.
Step 5: Sew the end seams
With the exterior fabric uppermost, on each of the longer sides, using a washable marking pen or pin, mark the exact centre, inside the seam allowance.
Fold one short side in towards the centre so that the edge is exactly at the mark. Clip or pin in position.
Then fold the second short side in towards the centre so that it meets the first side. Clip or pin in position. Make sure both sides are positioned centrally at the mark and that there is no gap between them.
Repeat on the other end.
Sew both end seams with a ¼ inch seam. Make sure you secure the ends of both seams by reverse stitching at each end of the seams. I also like to make sure that the stitching is secure at the centre where both sides meet, because this is a stress-point. So stitch back and forth a couple of times at the centre.
Step 6: Overstitch the raw seams (optional)
At this point you may overstitch the raw edges with a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine or overlock the edge.
Step 7: Press and Turn
Turn the cover right side out, gently poke the corners out, and lightly press.
Take a pocket tissue pack, remove the wrapper, and insert the tissues into your new cover.
And that’s it! Job done. Let me know if you have any questions.
And if you share this make on social media, please tag #cambridgestitches .
You can also find me on Instagram @CambridgeStitches .
Thanks for reading!
3 thoughts on “How to Make a Pocket Tissue Pack Cover: A Tutorial”
Thanks for sharing this tutorial,I have made several already .
Thanks. It was so easy with your great directions. I can hardly stop making the ‘tissue covers. I live in a senior community and I’m going to give some out for Christmas. Thanks again, Edith