September 11, 2010

Monster Pocket Tissue Holder

I have had the idea to make one of these for a while, and with the Halloween buzz in the air, it felt like a good time to try it. 
Tissue holders are pretty simple, and fast - which makes for a nice craft, because the reward of having a finished product comes quickly:)
You can of course,  make them without the teeth and eyes - and they will look like these:

Cut 2 pieces of fabric, 6 1/2" x 7".  I often use two different color fabrics for fun, even though you can hardly see the inside fabric when the tissues are inside.

To make monster eyes, I traced around a spool of thread for the large circles, and hand cut smaller circles. 
I wanted blue for the outside fabric - so I put my eyes about 3/4" from the edge, along the SHORTER (6 1/2") side. 

I used a zig zag stitch around the outside to sew the eyes down. 

I used jumbo rick rack for the teeth.  I placed the rick rack along the same edge as the eyes, so that the rick rack was hanging over the edge by about 1/4".  I wanted the 1/4" seam allowance to catch the rick rack about in the middle. 

Then, place the 2nd piece of fabric, right sides together, against the 1st piece, and pin together.

Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew around the outside.  Leave a 1"-2" hole along the LONG (7") edge. 
Then, turn it right side out.  Push out the corners with a pencil or your closed scissors.

In order to complete the tissue holder, you will fold the short edges toward each other - right sides together.  (This means the color you want to end up on the outside of the tissue holder, will be on the inside.) 
I usually overlap my ends slightly. 

In order to make the teeth look right, fold the rick rack edge toward the center first. 

Fold the opposite edge toward the center, overlapping the rick rack edge by about 1/4".  Pin down. 

Sew along the short edges with 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn inside out, press your corners out - and your done!

I felt like my first one was too pretty - so I made an ugly one as well.  Don't even ask me where I got the hideous brown fabric...never knew it would actually come in handy:)

These are great gifts, because they are quick, easy, inexpensive, and you can make them in any color for anyone's tastes!

Of course, if you want to make one without the teeth and eyes, you can simply skip adding those pieces - like these ones here:

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this pattern and directions. I made these years ago for my children's teachers. I used cross stitch material and crossed stitched Teachers Tissues on one side and their name on the other side. I want to make some as Christmas gifts as a little something extra with their gift. Thanks again I can't wait to start making them. M.H. from NC