Take the Rag Bag Challenge – 10 Minute Tissue Case

Take the Rag Bag Challenge! – Make a 10 Minute Tissue Case. Great for turning pretty scraps/remnants into a special handmade gift. 

This is also a lovely project for teaching kids – or someone new to sewing – how to use a sewing machine.  It has no visible seams – so it’s super neat and sturdy – but it’s just oh so simple to sew!  

Constructing the tissue case gives you enough to get your head around to hold interest, but not too much to be daunting – ideal for a beginner/novice sewer – or someone just in a hurry to make a little gift for someone special. 

Thanks go to my friend Vanessa who made me the tissue case that inspired this post.  I still use it every day – thanks Vanessa!

Ten Minutes Tissue Case

10 Minute Tissue Case - What You Will Need

  1. Some scrap paper – to make your pattern.
  2. 40cm x 40 cm scrap material.  You don’t have to have all the parts of the tissue case made of the same material.  It looks really pretty with co-ordinating fabrics, making it an ideal stash busting project.  If you don’t have any scrap material to use, then a fat quarter is an ideal size of fabric for making a tissue case and you can often find good deals on fat quarter bundles.
  3. Ruler
  4. Needle
  5. Pins
  6. Matching thread
  7. Sharp scissors
  8. Iron and Ironing Board
  9. A Sewing Machine
  10. Useful – A Pair of Haemostats – or something to help you turn the case inside out (eg a pencil)
Scraps of fabric for a baby Tilda doll
Fabric Scraps
Haemostats
Haemostats

10 Minute Tissue Case - Step by Step Instructions

10 Minute Tissue Case - Pattern

Use some scrap paper and a ruler to make yourself a paper pattern.  Once the pattern has been made, you will only need 10 minutes to turn it into a tissue case.

You will need a paper pattern to make:

  1. 4 rectangles 17 cm x 12 cm
  2. 2 squares 12 cm x 12 cm

10 Minute Tissue Case - Cutting Out

  1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 17 cm x 12 cm to form your base and top.
  2. Cut 2 more rectangles of fabric the same size to form the long sides of your tissue case.
  3. Now cut 2 pieces of fabric 12 cm x 12 cm  square to form the two short sides of your tissue case.
  4. Fold the two long sides in half lengthways, with raw edges matching and WRONG sides together.
  5. Fold the 2 short sides in the same way.
  6. Now press all your pieces nice and flat and you are ready to start placing your pieces together.
10 Minute Tissue Case - Pattern Pieces
10 Minute Tissue Case - Pattern Pieces

10 Minute Tissue Case - Making Up

  1. You are going to make a sandwich now using all the pieces you have cut.
  2. First, hand crease the base in half along both the long and short edges so that you can find the centre point where the two crease lines cross.
  3. Next, lay the base RIGHT SIDE UP.
  4. Lay one of the long sides along one of the long edges of the base with raw edges matching and the fold to the centre.  Your fold should lie along the centre of your base, where you made your hand crease line.
  5. Place the other long side on the other half of the base so that the folded edges both line up and meet in the centre of the base – where your crease line was made.
  6. Now take one of the short side pieces and lay it over the 2 long sides, matching raw edges against the short side of the base, with the folded edge facing inwards.
  7. Do the same with the other short side piece.
  8. Now flip one of the short edges under one of the long side pieces at one edge.
  9. Then do the same with the alternate corner – see photos/video below.
  10. You are aiming to leave a gap of 5cm between the 2 short edges – enough room to be able to slide your tissues into their case when you have finished.
  11. Lastly – with your side pieces all nicely in position – place your second piece of base fabric on top of your sandwich with RIGHT SIDE DOWN and pin in place in each corner (4 pins should be enough.
10 Minute Tissue Case - Long Edges
10 Minute Tissue Case - Long Edges
10 Minute Tissue Case - Short Edge
10 Minute Tissue Case - Short Edge
10 Minute Tissue Case - Flipping the Corner
10 Minute Tissue Case - Flipping the Corner
10 Minute Tissue Case - Flipping the Facing Corner
10 Minute Tissue Case - Flipping the Facing Corner
10 Minute Tissue Case - Ready for the Last Piece
10 Minute Tissue Case - Ready for the Last Piece
10 Minute Tissue Case - Base in Place - Ready to Sew
10 Minute Tissue Case - Base in Place - Ready to Sew

10 Minute Tissue Case - Sewing Up

Your pattern allows for a 2 cm seam all the way around, so your finished tissue case will measure 8cm x 13cm – just right for a standard sized pack of handy tissues.

  1. I find it easiest to use a third paper template – 8cm x 13cm –  to work out where the sewing line will be.  Line up the centre of the template (you can easily find this by folding it in half both ways) with the centre of your tissue case and pin it into place.
  2. Mark a 4cm gap in the centre of one of the long edges to remind you to leave a gap so you can turn your finished case inside out and hide all the raw edges neatly inside.
  3. Mark this gap with a pin – to make sure you don’t accidentally sew all the way round the edge!
  4. Starting at one end of the gap you have marked, start sewing all around the edge, oversewing the starting and ending stitches for strength.
  5. Press, pink all the seam edges to neaten and clip the corners close to the stitch line, but not through it!
10 minute tissue case - edges sewn (gap left), edges neatened, corners cut
10 minute tissue case - edges sewn (gap left), edges neatened, corners cut

10 Minute Tissue Case - Turning/Finishing

That’s it – the sewing is all finished.  Now it’s time for the really exciting bit!

Turn your tissue case right side out by pushing one of the corners through the gap in the long edge seam.

A pair of haemostats is really useful for this – and for so many other craft/sewing projects.  You will need to push the corners out so the finished case is nice and straight.  It is a good idea to push the corners out on both inside of the gap, between each of the fabric layers.   That way, you will get a really neat and clean finish.

Give the finished case a good press with a hot iron back and front to set all the stitching.

Now hand stitch the gap closed.  The best stitch to use is ladder stitch, which should be completely invisible (see tutorial below).

10 Minute Tissue Case - Video Demo

Tissue cases are a great way of using up remnants.  You may recognise the lovely fabric on the one below from a previous project?

10 Minute Tissue Case
Tissue Case - made from remnants from a previous project

Tips and Tricks

If you are using a fabric with a large pattern, be sure to give some thought to pattern matching when you cut out your fabric pieces.  You may need to allow a little more fabric if you want to match patterns up – e.g. the tissue case above, which was made from fabric with an intricate trellis pattern.

Want to Take Things Further ...?

For a bit of added luxury, how about embellishing your tissue case fabric with some machine – or hand embroidery?

Ten Minute Tissue Case - Embroidered

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This project is great for using up scraps of fabric.  You can also turn clothes you – or your children – no longer wear into something that is pretty and useful again.  

Why not make a few tissue cases and donate them to your local charity shop to raise some much needed funds?

Join a Workshop

If you are local to Birmingham and interested in joining a workshop to make a tissue case, I am planning to run some “learn to sew”workshops soon as a fundraising initiative supporting Birmingham Hospice (the new name for St. Mary’s/John Taylor Hospices).  Contact me for further details.

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