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Make Reusable Tissue Box Covers: Free Patterns and Tutorial

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Make your own tissue box cover.

Make your own tissue box cover.

Customize Your Tissue Box

Improve the looks of the tissue box sitting on your desk. You can make it a decorative item by covering it with fabric that coordinates with your décor. 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 this tutorial to make beautiful tissue box covers to use for yourself or to give as gifts! Use a sheet of newspaper or freezer paper to make your pattern. Let's get started!

What You'll Need

  • Fabric (the cover is fully lined)
  • 12” sew-on velcro
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Scissor
  • Iron
  • Paper (newspaper, etc.)
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
Below are pattern measurements.

Below are pattern measurements.

Pattern Measurements for 3 Sizes

1. Small (2" High) 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"

2. Medium (3" High) 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"

3. Large (4" High) 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"
First, you want to pin the pattern to the fabric.

First, you want to pin the pattern to the fabric.

1. Pin the Pattern to the Fabric

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

Pin the cut-out cover right sides together and sew with a 5/8" seam.

Pin the cut-out cover right sides together and sew with a 5/8" seam.

2. Pin and Sew

Pin the cut-out cover's 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.

Cut the corners on the diagonal and clip the inside corners.

Cut the corners on the diagonal and clip the inside corners.

3. Clip and Turn

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

Work the fabric, so you get nice edges and then press it with the iron.

Work the fabric, so you get nice edges and then press it with the iron.

4. Turn and Press

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

Measure 1 1/2" from the end of the (C~C 10 1/4") pieces to the inside and press.

Measure 1 1/2" from the end of the (C~C 10 1/4") pieces to the inside and press.

5. Measure and Press the 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.

On one hemmed section, place a 1 1/2" Velcro hook side piece to the hem area.

On one hemmed section, place a 1 1/2" Velcro hook side piece to the hem area.

6. First Hemmed Section

On one hemmed section, 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.

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.

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.

7. 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.

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

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

8. 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 your tissue box on the cover.

Center your tissue box on the cover.

9. Center Box on Cover

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

Now put on the cover.

Now put on the cover.

10. 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.

All done! Enjoy your customized tissue box.

All done! Enjoy your customized tissue box.

You're Done!

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

Choose a school-themed cover for elementary schools.

Choose a school-themed cover for elementary schools.

Teacher Gift

Choose a tall, medium, or short Kleenex box and use the provided measurements 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 teachers, and they love them. Choose a school-themed fabric for elementary class teachers.

Consider a black and white tissue box cover.

Consider a black and white tissue box cover.

Black and White Tissue Cover

The nice thing about black and white fabric is that it can be incorporated into any décor. A tissue box cover with this type of covering can be used in any room and with any theme. They are extremely easy to make, and it's a gift anyone would appreciate.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer