How to Sew a Cloth Tissue Holder for Your Purse

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Sniffles and sneezes aren’t conveniently limited to when you’re at home, and travel tissue packages aren’t especially attractive in your purse. A rummage through your fabric stash or a quick trip to the remnant bin in your favorite craft or fabric store yields what you need to make a whole wardrobe of purse pouches for your tissue packs.

How to Sew a Cloth Tissue Holder for Your Purse
(Kathy Burns-Millyard/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton or cotton/polyester fabric
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Dressmaker’s pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Step 1

Cut two pieces of fabric, each measuring 6 1/2 by 7 inches. To make it easier to differentiate between the sides, make small pencil marks on the right side of the pieces of fabric to indicate which sides are shorter.

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Step 2

Cut one piece of fusible interfacing that measures 6 inches by 6 1/2 inches.

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Step 3

Place the fusible side of the interfacing on the wrong side of one of your fabric pieces. Iron the interfacing to the fabric.

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Step 4

Lay one piece of fabric on your work area with the right side of the material face-up. Place the other piece on top with the right side face-down, leaving the wrong sides of the fabric showing.

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Step 5

Pin the pieces together.

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Step 6

Stitch the two pieces of fabric together, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave about 2 inches of the last side unstitched.

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Step 7

Turn the pouch right-side out and iron the seams, turning the seam allowances toward the center of the pouch. Using the marks you made earlier, place a pin on the short sides of the piece to identify them.

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Step 8

Stitch the turning opening closed. Iron the seams flat, with the seam allowances toward the center of the piece.

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Step 9

Fold the long edges to the center of the piece, aligning them so that they touch with no overlap.

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Step 10

Pin the short edges and then stitch along those two sides with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

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Step 11

Embellish your new tissue holder with embroidery, beads and buttons, or even rubber-stamped designs, if desired.

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