I said I’d do a step-by-step article, to show those interested how to make a very quick & easy fabric tissue pouch cover. One that looks like the following.
I made mine using a 1/4” seam allowance (that’s the patchworker in me) if you plan on using a wider seam allowance, then you’ll need to adjust measurements in order for pouch to fit a standard packet of tissues. Here’s what you’ll need.
Two rectangles of lining fabric: 18cm x 9cm; two rectangles of outer fabric, also 18 x 9cm; one piece of outer fabric approx 6cm x 9cm; one metal clasp and one pair of plastic poppers (you can also use velcro, sew-on poppers or a button & button hole if you prefer).
Begin by placing your 4 larger rectangles one on top of the other to make a sandwich placing on the work surface (in order) print right side up, lining fabric right side down, lining fabric right side up, print right side down.
Using a paper template with corners snipped off (as above) place the template on the 4 thicknesses of fabric and slice off angles.
Separate the fabric so you have 2 matching pairs of print & lining and make sure the print is right side facing (right side of )lining.
You’re going to sew a 1/4” seam ONLY along the top edges: angle, across the centre and second angle. Do the same on both sets of fabric.
You then turn that pointy end out, using your finger (or something not too pointy) to press out the tip as neatly as possible. And press seams flat. While the iron is hot, with the small rectangle of fabric, you make the “loop strap” by pressing in half (keeping the 9cm length), then pressing in edges to the crease (see photo at the end of this post), and sewing 2 seams along the edges.
For the assembly part . . . place your 2 pouch pieces one on top of the other (right sides together) so you can only see lining fabric on both sides. Your loop and clasp will need to put in place at this point. Slip the strip of fabric into the ring of clasp, fold in half. Then place it inside the sandwich of your 2 pouch sides, with the clasp inside and the edges of strip just visible on the edge.
You then sew around 3 sides of the pouch (not the opening), with a 1/4” seam. I reinforced stitches at edges of the opening and across the loop fabric. And forgot to take a photo of my seams.
Once those seams are sewn, slice off the edges of loop to avoid excess bulk and turn your pouch the right way out. I gave mine a quick press, at this stage, before adding the plastic popper.
That way, I aligned the edges of opening, and used the point of my thread ripper to make a very small puncture hole.
Simply sticking the point through both layers on both sides of the pouch – that way I am certain the poppers will line up. You then insert the popper pieces like you would a pair of stud earrings and squeeze with the pliers.
With the measurements given, and 1/4” seam this should give you a pouch that is a good fit for a standard packet of 10 paper tissues. You could probably get away with fabric being slightly shorter length ways, but the 9cm for width is as snug as you can go.
Final photo of a quick sketch (to clarify any questions you might have).
Not to scale, but to show you the basic shape you want for the body of the pouch. And to show the crease lines you want to iron onto the small rectangle to make the loop strip.