No matter what time of year it is, either some bug is going around, or if it isn't a cold or flu that gets you, it's allergy season. With all of the tissue use in an average household, making a tissue box cover to fit in with your decor might bring a little levity to an otherwise stuffy (no pun intended) situation.
- Red wool felt, 1/2 yard
- White wool felt, 1/4 yard
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Tailor's chalk
- Square tissue box
Cut & Attach the Wall Panels
With the fabric scissors, cut one piece from the red felt that measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches and four pieces that measure 5 by 5 1/2 inches. Match up two of the 5-by-5 1/2-inch felt pieces so the long sides are together. With your sewing machine (loaded up with matching thread), sew along one of the 5 1/2-inch sides to attach the panels together. Use a medium tension and small zig zag stitch, and leave a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Attach the Remaining Wall Panels
After your first two panels are stitched together along one 5 1/2-inch edge, grab a third 5-by-5 1/2-inch panel and sew one of its 5 1/2-inch edges to one of the 5 1/2-inch edges on the pair of attached panels. Repeat with the fourth 5-by-5 1/2-inch panel. You should end up with an open-ended box.
Finish the Seams
Before you stitch the first and fourth walls together to close the sides of the box, fold each of the three seams inside out and stitch them down with your sewing machine using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. This will give the box more structural integrity. Wool felt is naturally more sturdy than fabric, but giving the seams reinforcement will go one step further.
Close the Sides
Flatten the box so that the first and fourth walls are stacked long sides together. Sew them together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance to close the box walls.
Measure the Lid Opening
Use a ruler to find the center of the square on the remaining red felt panel (5 1/2-by-5 1/2-inch piece). This panel will be the lid of the tissue box cover. Mark a line with the tailor's chalk in the center that measures 3 1/2 inches long.
Cut the Lid Opening
Fold the felt panel in half and use your scissors to cut a straight line along the chalk.
Attach the Lid to the Box Cover
Place the felt tissue box lid on top of the felt box cover with the chalk side facing the inside of the box. Hold one side of the felt lid together with the top of one of the felt box walls. Sew them together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Continue Attaching the Box Lid
Sew the tops of the remaining three walls to the tissue box lid with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. You should end up with a tissue box cover that looks like the one pictured.
Measure & Draw a White Cross
Use the ruler to measure a 3-by-3-inch cross on the white felt, and draw the outline of the cross with tailor's chalk.
Cut out the Cross
Use the fabric scissors to carefully cut out the shape of the cross. If you are going to use two crosses in your design (one for the front and one for the back), use the first cross as your pattern to create a matching cross.
Stitch the Cross to the Box Cover
Thread your sewing needle with white thread and use the stitch of your choice to attach the white cross to your red felt box.
Slide the Cover Onto a Tissue Box
Slide the finished box cover onto a square tissue box and pull a tissue through the slit in the lid. Note that this tissue box cover was designed to look like a first-aid kit, but you can customize the design with buttons, ribbons, rickrack or other decorative items.
- Megan O Andersen