How to Sew a Cloth Tissue Holder for Your Purse

Updated April 17, 2017

This cloth tissue holder makes a practical gift and is simple to make. The tissue holder fits the purse sized tissues packs. The cover beautifully protects the tissue packs from the wear and tear of a woman’s purse. They can be created in minutes with a small amount of fabric so they are idea for party favours for women’s events. They make an inexpensive item to sell at bazaars and craft shows.

Measure a 7 x 5 ½ inch square on a sheet of typing paper. Cut the shape out. This will be your tissue holder pattern. Label the pattern so when you store it, so you will remember what it is for and can reuse it. When you want to cut several tissues holders at one time it is a good idea to use a cutting table with a rotary blade, cutting mat and straight edge using the strip quilt method of cutting. Measure the width of the fabric and cut a strip. Then take the strip and cut the lengths. You can cut both pieces of fabric at once with this process by placing one piece of fabric on top of the other. This makes the task go faster.

Select two coordinating fabrics. Iron the fabric. The project takes only a few square inches of fabric making this is a perfect project to use leftover remnant fabrics. Speciality fabrics are ideal because they are bright and colourful and have fun motifs. A cat pattern is ideal for a cat lover. The choice of fabric can personalise the tissue holder making it a fun gift. Using the pattern cut two pieces of fabric one from each pattern.

Place top side of the fabric together and pin the short edge (5 ½ inch) sides together. Sew a ½ inch seam from short edge on each side.

Turn the tissues holder right side out and iron.

Fold the finished edges towards the centre and then pin the raw edges together. The folds measure 1 ½ from the long edge and should come together in the centre of the tissue holder. Sew a ½ inch seam from the short edge.

Turn the tissue holder right side out. Use a ruler to push the fabric into place in each corner. Place tissues into the tissue holder.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric remnants
  • Thread to match
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Rotator blade, cutting mat and straight edge (optional)
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Ruth Eshbaugh is a freelance graphic designer, writer, artist and photographer who has been writing for eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM and other websites since 2008. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Eshbaugh is a published haiku author.