* tissue box cover

Posted on April 10th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Becket got me a pretty tissue box cover off Etsy a while back, and I had been using it in my office.  Unfortunately, they changed the brand of tissue we use and the new boxes won’t fit.  I used kirin’s tutorial to make a new custom-sized one.  It has a nice Japanese-craft-book quality to it.  And it’s reversible!  The fabrics are a vintage linen I got from the apparently now defunct Make Me Fabrics (see previous use covering a cork board) and a Denyse Schmidt pattern (not shown, but it’s the gray one with the orange flowers).  Elastic is a hairtie that was stretched out and buttons are from the Great Philadelphia Button Score of 2007.  The only addition I made to the pattern was to clip all the corners before turning to keep them clean.  Even then, the quilting-weight side pulls a little.  I’m also tempted to go back and top-stitch the edges and along the fold lines, but I’m pretty happy with it as is.


My little planning drawing for some “process.”  For some reason I think it’s funny that I like to draw on graph papers, but I rarely use the grid :P


9 Responses to “tissue box cover”

  1. Becket Says:

    This is gorgeous!!
    Are you using Up & Up tissue too?? We had the same problem and I was just thinking that I would need to do the same thing…snort!

  2. meg Says:

    hair elastics are a great idea! and yes what brand are you using? we all want to know. no, really.

  3. maitreya Says:

    Ha, you asked for it, Meg. I lose hair bands like nobody’s business, so I buy the biggest batch with good colors. These are likely Goody.

  4. shannon Says:

    The answer to the question that I never thought of, thank you!
    Although, how is it supposed to be reversible with the button? It would seem you would need to use ribbons instead, which could be cute.

  5. Tamara Says:

    Genius! I can’t wait to make some.

  6. Maitreya Says:

    To make it reversible, you use a button on both sides of the flaps. The flap is thick enough that you can’t tell the other set is under there.

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  8. Miranda Says:

    Hi, Thanks for this! Mine turned out great! I just put up 4 buttons in each corner one. Looks pretty in our living.

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