Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Fabric Tissue Box Cover

  • 01 of 07

    Materials and Pattern For Tissue Box Covers

    Sew your own tissue box covers as a great get well gift.
    Sew tissue box covers as a great get well gift. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    These directions will make a fabric cover for standard tissue boxes. Due to manufacturers changing packaging, be sure to measure a recently purchased box of tissues before you begin and use the template for the tissues you have purchased.

    A square box of tissues in these directions measures 4 1/2 square box by 5 1/2 tall.

    A rectangle box of tissues in these directions measures 9 1/2" long by 4 3/4" wide by 3" high.

    A family size rectangle style box of these tissues in these directions measures 9...MORE 1/2" long by 4 3/4" wide by 4 1/2" high.
    Materials Needed:

    • box of tissues
    • approximately 1/4 yard of 45" wide fabric for a square or rectangle box of tissues -- approximately 1/3yard of 45" wide fabric for a family size rectangle box of tissues
    • thread
    • scissors
    • sewing machine
    • Tissue Opening Template
      • Print out of tissue opening template for a square tissue box
      • Print out of tissue opening template for a Rectangle box of tissues and a family size rectangle box of tissues.
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  • 02 of 07

    Cutting and Marking

    Marking the side pieces to sew a tissue box cover
    Marking the Side Pieces. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Cutting instructions

    For a Square box of Tissues

    • Top -- Cut two pieces of fabric 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" for the top of the box
    • Sides -- Cut four pieces of fabric 6 1/2" by 5 1/2" for the sides of the box. (Seams to join the sides will be by joining the 6 1/2" edges.}

    For a Rectangle Box of Tissues

    • Cut two pieces of fabric 4" by 10 1/2" for the long sides of the box
    • Cut two pieces of fabric 5 3/4" by 4" for the shorter ends of the box
    • Cut two pieces of fabric 5 3/4" by 10 1/2" to...MORE construct the top of the box.

    For a Family Size Rectangle Tissue Box Covers (9 1/2" long by 4 1/2" high by 4 3/4" wide)

    • Cut two pieces of fabric 5 1/2" by 10 1/2" for the long sides of the box
    • Cut two pieces of fabric 5 3/4" by 5 1/2" for the shorter ends of the box
    • Cut two pieces of fabric 5 3/4" by 10 1/2" to construct the top of the box.

    Marking Instructions

    • On each side piece, along the top edge, make a mark 1/4" in from the top and side edge.
    • Place wrong sides together on the two pieces of fabric that were cut for the top. Fold in quarters and mark the center. Fold the cut out hole template in quarters and mark the center. Align the center of the top with the center of the template to place the hole template in the center of the fabric top and trace around the edge of the template.
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  • 03 of 07

    Sewing the Tissue Opening

    Sew the top of the fabric tissue box cover
    Sew the Top of the Cover. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • With right sides of the fabric together and marked as described in the previous step, stitch the line made by tracing the hole template. Use a small stitch.
    • Starting in the center of the hole, trim the hole out, leaving a very sparse seam allowance. Carefully clip in towards the stitching, to prevent any puckers.
    • Turn the fabric right side out, by turning one layer through the opening.
    • Line up all outside edges.
    • Press well!
    • Set aside.
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  • 04 of 07

    Join the Sides

    Join the Sides
    Join the Sides. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Using a perfect half inch seam, join the side sections (seams on the height edge), stopping at the dots that were previously marked.
    • Zig Zag the seam allowances.
    • Press the seams toward each other so they are facing the ends or each other.
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  • 05 of 07

    Hem the Bottom of the Sides

    Hem the Bottom of the Sides
    Hem the Bottom of the Sides. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • On the unmarked stitched to the edge side, fold under 1/4" and 1/4" again to enclose the raw edge.
    • Stitch the hem.
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  • 06 of 07

    Joining the top and sides

    Joining the top and sides
    Joining the top and sides. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Center an end of the top with an end section of the sides. Stitch from dot to dot, pivoting at the corners.
    • Trim the seam and use a narrow zig zag to prevent the fabric from fraying.
    • Turn right side out and push the corners out. Press the seam allowance towards the box sides.
    • Place the cover on the tissue box and pull tissues through the opening.
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  • 07 of 07

    Calculate the Sizes for Any Size Tissue Box.

    Calculate the Sizes for Any Size Tissue Box.
    Calculate the Sizes for Any Size Tissue Box. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • You will need 4 sides. These are created by the length plus 1" by the height by 1".
    • You will need two of the top created by the length plus 1" by the width plus 1".
    • Follow the previous directions for marking and assembling the tissue box cover.