How to Make an Embroidered Tissue Case

  • 01 of 05

    Stitch Away the Sniffles

    Embroidered Pocket Tissue Case
    Embroidered Pocket Tissue Case. © Mollie Johanson

    As cold season comes, it's a good idea to be prepared with some tissues close by. When you make this beautiful tissue cozy, you'll be happy to have them on hand any time! It's perfect for keeping in your bag, stowing your car or gifting to someone under the weather.

    Tissue cases are easy to sew and a great place to showcase your embroidery. An all-over design makes this truly special, but you can use this tutorial with any number of embroidery patterns or smaller motifs.

    For example, embroider along the two sides that meet in the middle, creating borders of stitches. Smaller patterns or petite flowers work well too. If you love sashiko, this tissue cozy is perfect for its repeating patterns, including adapting the designs in a number of ways. You could even embroider a name onto this for a customized gift.

    When a friend comes down with a bug, the embroidery on this may take longer than their recovery, so plan ahead! Make a couple of these and have them on hand for when you need a special gift. You could even pair it with some tea and lozenges! 

    Travel packs of tissues come in a variety of sizes and the sizes listed with this tutorial will fit most. If you need to, it's easy to adjust the size for a better fit.

    Now, get a jump on your next case of the sniffles and start stitching!

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  • 02 of 05

    Gather Supplies and Get Started

    Embroidered Sashiko Pattern
    Embroidered Sashiko Pattern. © Mollie Johanson

    Supplies & Tools

    Linen or Solid Fabric
    Fusible Interfacing or Stabilizer
    Embroidery Floss
    Print Fabric
    Embroidery Hoop
    Scissors (for embroidery and for cutting fabric)
    Sewing Machine

    Embroidery & Cutting

    Iron the fusible interfacing onto the back of the linen or solid fabric. This will keep the embroidery from pulling and give the tissue case a bit of stability.

    Embroider the fabric with whatever design you'd like. Use an all-over pattern, a border along the short edges or choose a single motif. It's helpful to mark a 6in x 8in rectangle on the fabric so you can plan ahead for where the design will be when the case is assembled.

    The case in this tutorial uses a modified version of pattern six from the free sashiko pattern set, stitched with back stitch and chain stitch. To use this pattern, print the pattern to fit on a standard letter size page. 

    Cut the embroidery and printed fabric to about 6in x 8in. (A rotary cutter is helpful for this, but not absolutely necessary.) The size is flexible, so if you need to adjust this to better fit the embroidery, do that. If you don't want to sew over the stitching, It's best to have a margin of about 3/8in on all sides.

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  • 03 of 05

    Make the Fabric Base

    Pinning the Fabric Layers
    Pinning the Fabric Layers. © Mollie Johanson

    Pinning & Sewing

    Place the embroidered and print fabric pieces right sides together and pin around the edge. Mark an area on the edge with a pin so that you leave about 2 inches open for turning.

    Sew the four sides, backstitching at the beginning/end and leaving the opening that you marked with a pin. Use a 1/4in seam allowance.


    Trim the four corners to reduce bulk, then turn the sewn piece right side out. Poke the corners into shape. 

    Iron the entire piece on the non-embroidered side, ironing the seam allowance at the opening so that each side is evenly pressed and the edge remains straight.

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  • 04 of 05

    Form the Tissue Case

    Pinning the Case Edges
    Pinning the Case Edges. © Mollie Johanson

    Stitch the opening closed with ladder stitch or whip stitch. For a photo guide of ladder stitch, see step five.

    If you will be stitching the final step by hand, fold the sides in so they meet in the middle and pin the edges as shown.

    If you want to finish the case with a sewing machine, fold the sides in with the wrong side of the case showing. 

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  • 05 of 05

    Sew and Finish the Tissue Case

    Sewing the Edges with Ladder Stitch
    Sewing the Edges with Ladder Stitch. © Mollie Johanson

    To stitch the edges by hand, thread a needle with a doubled piece of thread and knot the end. 

    Stitch the edges with ladder stitch, taking a small horizontal stitch on the top layer, then on the bottom layer and repeating. After a couple stitches, a "ladder" will begin to form between the layers. Pull the stitching tight to bring the sides together.

    Work across the entire width of the case and repeat on the other side. 

    Alternately, you can stitch the sides with running stitch and embroidery floss for a decorative seam. Or, if you folded the sides in so it is inside out, sew across the two sides with a sewing machine, securing the ends with backstitching.

    Slide a stack of travel tissues inside the pouch and it is ready to go!