Monday, January 10, 2011

Sewing With Children and Grandchildren - Making a Tissue Holder

Teaching a child or grandchild to sew can be lots of fun if you choose the right project.  When selecting that first machine sewing project, try to choose one that:
  • gives the opportunity to just sew some straight seams
  • can be finished in one session
  • is something useful that can be enjoyed or shared with others
This simple tutorial for a tissue holder meets the criteria above and can be made from any fabric scraps you might have on hand.  Once mastered, these make great little gifts to share with family and friends!

Making a Tissue Holder:

Step 1:  Choose a colorful fabric and cut a piece that measures 6" x 9".

Step 2:  Cut a piece of lining fabric the same size.  This could be a coordinating color, the same fabric or a solid color lining fabric like I used.

Step 3:  Placing the right sides of the fabric together, sew the two pieces together with a 5/8" seam, on the two short sides of the rectangle. (Use a 5/8" seam on all seams in this tutorial.)

Step 4:  Turn right side out and press the sewn seams.

Step 5: Bring the sewn, pressed sides together, meeting in the middle of your fabric. Pin in place.

Step 6:  Sew the ends, reinforcing where the pieces meet in the middle.

Step 7:  Turn to the right side and insert a package of Kleenexes. (Leave the plastic cover on your Kleenexes)

And that's how easy it is to make a tissue holder!  I embroidered an initial on mine before sewing it together, but they are cute plain, with ric-rac, buttons or any scraps of trim you might have on hand.


  1. Oh I love it! I want one for me! I will send this to Sweet Teen since she is snowed in. She might be able to do this one on her own. Thank you so much for sharing this one. I am gonna feature you as the Blog of the week on my side bar!!!!

  2. That is adorable! I definitely will try this. Thank you so much for sharing this! Im very excited to try this myself!

  3. What a great sew simple project! Thanks for the tutorial! I'll be using this one day with my sweet grandchildren. Enjoying the jelly and vanilla! ;) Thanks!

  4. Did your grandson even do anything, or did he just sit there and watch the whole time?

  5. CEmisc7,
    LOL! My grandson wasn't involved in this. I do lots of projects with him, but I think his dad would draw the line at teaching him to sew!

  6. This is wonderful. It looks simple. I will have my little daughter make it next week. THank You so much.

  7. Oh funny. I couldn't help but laugh at the grandson comment about sewing. I had a few people that think it is a little bit odd I suppose that I am teaching my son to sew. He thinks it is great but I suppose it is because my Dad does ulpholstry (recovers furniture for Families but for a job he did it on Jets). When most of the guys who do cars realize that they can't get their new leather on their car seats with out him, they actually see how sewing skills are important for both to learn. ;) So, it is often fun to say that my Dad out sews my Mom!

  8. Carmen,
    I hadn't thought about the fact that most upholsterers are men. I think it's because the machinery used is a little heavier. I guess it seems more manly! :) I'll have to try that argument on my son-in-law! Maybe he will let me teach my grandson to sew, after all!



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