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3 Sizes: Free Patterns and Tutorial for Tissue Box Covers

Updated on October 6, 2016
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

There are three different sized tissue box cover patterns included here and the patterns are free.

You'll make beautiful tissue box covers, to use yourself or to give as gifts, by following the step-by-step instructions.

Do you have a Kleenex or facial tissue box sitting on your desk or on your kitchen counter and you'd like it to look nicer? You can make the tissue box a decorative item by covering a facial tissue box with fabric that coordinates with your décor.In this article I'm going to show you how to cover a tissue box, by giving you the measurements to make your own pattern.

You can use a sheet of newspaper or freezer paper to make your pattern on.I'm also going to give you a step-by-step pictured tutorial to make crafting this tissue box cover easy.

Supplies You'll Need

You will need fabric (the cover is fully lined) and 12” of sew-on Velcro. The tissue paper box cover is made using a sewing machine, and other useful items are straight pins, scissors and an iron. You'll need paper (you can use newspaper), a tape measure, pencil and ruler to draw your pattern.

Measurements For Your Pattern

Measurements for small (2 " height) Kleenex box:Rectangle 16 " X 22" Draw lines A~C=8" A~B=3 "B~B will be 6" and C~C will be 10 "

Measurements for Medium (3 " height) Kleenex box:Rectangle 18 " X 24" Draw lines A~C=9" A~B=4 "B~B will be 6" and C~C will be 10 "

Measurements for Large (4 " height) Kleenex box:

Rectangle 21 " X 26 " Draw lines A~C=10 " A~B=5 "B~B will be 6" and C~C will be 10 "

Pin the Pattern to the Fabric

If you are using the same fabric for the lining, fold your fabric with right sides together and pin the pattern to the fabric. I am making a cover for the medium height tissue box.

Pin and Sew

Pin the cut out cover with the right sides together and sew with a 5/8" seam, leaving a space open on one of the (C~C 10 1/4") ends for turning.

Clip and Turn

Cut the corners on the diagonal and clip the inside corners, being careful to not cut the threads. Turn the cover right side out. With a pin, carefully pull the fabric at the corners to make them square.

Turn and Press

Work the fabric so you get nice edges and then press with the iron. Press the open edge as though it were seamed. Pressing is a very important step to getting great looking covers.

Measure and Press Opening

Measure 1 1/2" from the end of the (C~C 10 1/4") pieces to the inside and press. You can sew them down now if you choose.

First Hemmed Section

On one hemmed sections, place a 1 1/2" velcro hook side piece to the hem area. Place a 2" piece of the soft side velcro to the end of the hook side piece with it extending onto the cover. Sew the velcro strips to the cover.

Second Hemmed Section

On the opposite C~C 10 1/4" hemmed section, place the 3 1/2" soft sided velcro over the hemmed section and down onto the cover. Sew the velcro to the cover.

Velcro on Cover Side Pieces

On each side of the B~B 6" edges, pin and sew the 4 1/2" pieces of hook sided Velcro as in the picture above.

Center Box on Cover

Center your tissue paper box onto the center of the finished cover.

Putting on the Cover

To put the cover on the tissue box, bring the sides up so the edges lay on top of the tissue box. Bring up the back side of the cover fitting it to the back of the box, matching the velcro strips and leaving the hemmed section free.

Finished Side View of Kleenex Cover

Draw up the front cover side, matching the velcro strips and with the tissue showing between the hemmed areas, close the velcro pieces.

Teacher Gift

Choose a tall, medium or short Kleenex box and use the measurements above given for the size you've chosen to make a much appreciated gift for your child's teacher.Every teacher has a box of Kleenex on her desk and this cover gives the box a decorator look. I've given these tissue box covers to the teachers and they love them.Choose a school themed fabric for the elementary class teachers.

Black and White Tissue Cover

The nicest thing about black and white fabric is that it can be incorporated in any décor. A tissue box cover with this type of covering can be used in any room and with any theme. These covers are extremely easy to make, and it's a gift anyone will appreciate. I think just changing the color or type fabric will allow this as a gift for birthdays, showers, anniversaries and Christmas also.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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