Patchwork Tissue Case Sewing Pattern

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Spring is in the air—and on our cars and windows, with pollen probably seeping through the cracks into our homes. Nowhere is safe.
Just kidding! (But only sort of.) A lot of us just have to resign ourselves to sniffling through the season, which means we'll be picking up tissue boxes in bulk at the store. Rather than carrying around a giant box of tissues (sure, I got a few stares that week), try your hand at making this adorable patchwork tissue case to carry your necessities from this free sewing pattern. And hey, maybe the coo-worthy polka-dots will let you forget for a few seconds that your sinuses are making your head feel like it's full of cotton batting.
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1 basic sewing kit
15.5 x 11 cm natural linen, for the back
2 rectangles sky-blue-and-white polka-dot cotton, each 15.5 x 6 cm, for the front
50 cm x 5 mm-wide red cotton ribbon
9 cm-diameter circle of floral cotton, for the yo-yo

Step 1

Place the two rectangles of polkadot fabric together, right sides facing each other, and make a 3.5 cm line of stitching at the top and bottom of one long side, 5 mm from the edge, leaving an 8.5 cm opening in the middle. Press the seam open along the length, including the opening edges. Baste a piece of red ribbon along each side of the opening, then stitch the ribbon in place as basted.

Step 2

Place the piece of linen backing on the polka-dot front, right sides together and raw edges matching, then stitch all around, allowing a 1-cm seam. Turn right side out and press.

Step 3

Sew a line of running stitch all around the fabric circle, 1.5 cm from the edge, to make a gathering thread. Fold the edge in 1.5 cm and pull up the thread to make a yo-yo, 3 cm in diameter.

Step 4

Tie the remaining red ribbon into a decorative bow and sew it to the top of the case at one end of the opening, then stitch the yo-yo on top.

Step 5

This project is excerpted with permission from Everything Patchwork: 40 Classic Quilts, Bags and Accessories (Made in France) by Corinne Crasbercu and published by Murdoch Books.

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