Sew a pretty pouch for your tissues
■ 1 piece of printed fabric measuring 5½ x 6½"
■ 1 piece of lining fabric measuring 5½ x 7½"
■ Thread in complementary color
■ Fabric glue
■ Sewing machine (optional)
With cooler weather setting in, our tissue becomes a constant companion. But you needn’t settle for the boring plastic tissue packaging when there’s this quick-and-easy way to make a pretty pouch.
01 Cut out a piece of printed fabric measuring 5 ½ x 6 ½ " and a piece of lining fabric measuring 5 ½ x 7 ½ ".
02 With the right sides facing, stack the printed fabric on top of the lining fabric and line up the edges of one end.
03 Machine-sew or hand-stitch the main fabric and lining fabric together using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Do not forget to backstitch at the edges.
04 Turn the work around and line
up the other edges of the main fabric and the lining fabric and again sew together using a ¼-inch seam allowance. You will notice that the lining fabric is looking a little baggy, but that’s okay.
05 Using an iron, press the
seams upward so that the main fabric along the seams is pressed atop the lining fabric. 06 Turn the work out and iron
flat, making sure there are equal amounts of lining fabric on each side.
07 Fold one half of the work into the center and press. (You can fold the whole piece in half and press first to mark the center point if you find it easier.)
08 Fold the other half into the center and overlap the first half just slightly and press.
09 Sew a ¼-inch seam across
both open ends of the pouch. Do not forget to backstitch the edges.
10 Trim off any excess fabric then seal the edges. You can do this using either a zigzag stitch or a small amount of fabric glue. This will prevent any fraying.
11 Finally, turn out the pouch, remove the tissues from their plastic wrapper, insert them into the pouch, and you’re finished. How easy was that? Now that you have made your first one, you won’t be able to stop!
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Lois Callis-Smith Lois Callis-Smith creates wonderful handbags and travel accessories using fabrics that she designs herself, which she keeps exclusive to her brand, Punto Belle. Lois does not hold back on her love of bold and striking color...