To make a fabric cover for a tissue box, create a pattern, cut the fabric, make the hole, sew the sides and finish it off with a hem. Making a fabric tissue box cover takes roughly 30 minutes and requires a box of tissues, enough fabric to cover the box, a tape measure, a fusible lining, matching thread, scissors, pins, paper, a pencil and a sewing machine.
- Measure the tissue box
A square box is typically 4.5 inches square by 5.5 inches tall, and a rectangle box is usually 9.5 inches long by 4.75 inches wide by 3 inches high. However, different manufacturers may have slightly different sizing.
- Create a pattern
Start with the tissue box measurements for the top. Measure and draw this shape in the center of the paper. Add four radiating flaps at the taken measurements, adding 1 inch to the height for seam allowance and a half-inch on each side. The pattern should look like a plus sign. Mark the hole for the tissues. Cut the pattern out, including the hole.
- Cut the fabric
Place the pattern on the fabric. Pin it. With the fabric flat on your work surface, cut out the shape. With the pattern still pinned, mark the location and length of the hole.
- Cut the hole
Cut a piece of lining the exact dimension of the box top. Mark the location and length of the hole. Fuse the lining to the center of the plus. Cut a straight line the entire length of the hole. Snip a "V" at each end of the line.
- Stitch the hole
Fold back the flaps of fabric. Press, and stitch into place. You should have a narrow rectangle of a hole.
- Sew the fabric box
Pin the side panels to each other, front sides together. Mark a half-inch seam. Stitch along this seam.
- Sew the hem
Mark a quarter-inch hem from the bottom. Fold this up, and press. Measure another quarter-inch hem, fold over and press. Stitch the hem.