I know there’s really quick and easy ways to make mini tissue holders for your purse. This is not one of those tutorials. This is a slower method that requires piecing and a bit of hand stitching. Think of it as the Coco Chanel of tissue holders. OK, maybe that’s going too far. But it does have boxed corners! If you’re looking to make something a bit special, this could be the ticket.
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2 pieces 6″ x 3-1/8″
2 pieces 6-1/4″ x 3/4″ and
1 piece 6″ x 1″
1 piece 6-1/2″ x 6-1/4″
Mini hair elastic
Small button with shank
Needle and matching thread
Using 1/4″ seams throughout, stitch the main fabric pieces onto either side of the 1″ wide contrasting strip. Press seams open. Stitch the 3/4″ wide contrasting strips to each end, as shown. Press seams open.
With a needle and thread, pierce the hair elastic in two places, close together, to create a pinch. Stitch through again, to hold the pinch tight.
Hand sew the elastic to the very edge of the pieced fabric, half way down one side, facing inwards towards the crosswise stripe. Secure with a couple of stitches.
Place the pieced fabric and the lining fabric right sides together, and sew around the edge, leaving a 2-3″ gap in the middle of one long edge. Backstitch a few times over the hair elastic as you pass it.
Don’t clip the corners! Turn the whole thing right side out, using this method for getting nice sharp corners.
Ladder stitch the opening closed. Press.
With the lining side out, fold the edges to meet in the middle.
Check that your stripe is lining up with itself nicely. Press the two folds.
Now we’re going to box the corners. Pick one of the four places where your newly pressed fold marks hit the edge. Create a point there by folding down the fabric on each side of the fold. With a soluble marker, draw a line perpendicular to the original fold mark, 3/8″ down from the point. Stitch along this line. Repeat for the remaining three corners.
You’ll now have something that looks a bit like a boat. Turn right side out.
The side seam will be formed by holding the ends of your contrasting strips together, and bringing them down to meet the edge.
Ladder stitch the side seam closed on each side.
You’re almost done!
Ladder stitch about 1″ of each end of the opening, so it doesn’t gape so much. Sew on your button.
Add a mini packet of tissues. Admire your work. Gesundheit!