My parents designed and built a new house this year. Mom has a new room in it she's dubbed her "sitting room," just off their bedroom, with its own fireplace and lots of sunshine. She hasn't had time yet to make it all comfy, so I wanted part of her Christmas present to help her get cozy in her new room. It's painted what Benjamin Moore calls "Nutmeg" and "barely mauve," and anything I made also needed to be tied into the birds-egg blue of her bedroom. I thought, yeah, right
, and prepared to buy or make something for it in a neutral.
Then I saw this fabric at Hancock's. There were the colors she chose plus a lovely milk chocolate brown! It was waaaaay
more silky than I enjoy sewing with, but anything for mom, right?
Using the placemat tutorial in October's Sew Simple
magazine, I made this squishy soft pillow that she can use to prop up her bad ankle or roll for her neck:
And then one day at Curves, where I exercise most days, I saw a strange little tissue-box cozy that looked like it would be nice in a sitting room. I promptly gave it a thorough look-see, drew it out, and this was born:
(I know, ICK, a cozy
, but it kind of fits the theme, don't you think?)
Two presents down, a gazillion to go!
(That's my son's science fair experiment separating hydrogen and oxygen from water in the background...oops. We don't
eat batteries!)Thanks to those who asked for one...a tutorial.
This is my first tutorial, so help me wherever you see holes or know better ways to do something!
I would love to see your
tissue cozies! Post 'em, please
! First, for those who just need the dimensions:
--16"w x 18"l piece of fabric (16" around the box, 18" for the bottom, box, channel, and ruffle)
--The tie needs to be about 28" long (3" wide/sewn in half for self-tie).
--I allowed 1/4" seam allowance.
--Have fun! Please share your results! Next, the schematic:
Finallythe color-coded directions, beginning with a 16" wide and 18" tall piece of fabric...1. Find the center by folding fabric in half long way. You now have an 8 x 18" rectangle. Mark the center by fingerpressing.2. From the top edge of your long, skinny rectangle, measure 4 1/4 inches down along the fingerpressed line and mark with chalk. This will be the TOP
of your 1" button hole. [/color]
3. Make a 1" button hole. 4. Fold down 1/4 inch from top edge of fabric and press to finish edge.5. Fold again, 2 3/4 inches from top. Press, but unfold it again. (You're just marking the fold for later but do it now because it will be easier than doing it once you have a tube.)
6. Fold back to that 8" x now-almost-18" rectangle with right sides together, and sew along the raw edge with 1/4" seam allowance. You now have a tube. Yay for you! Nearly done.
7. Fold your tube so that the seam you just made is in the CENTER. Sew the bottom closed. Your two seams now look like an T, like this:
8. Box the corners in 2". If you need help doing this, look here
. I trimmed and finished the edges on mine, but you could just tack the points together in the middle if your fabric is thin enough.
9. Back to finish up the top. Now that you have your buttonhole, you're ready to make the channel and ruffle. Straighten up the 3" fold you made in step 2 and tuck under the 1/4 inch you pressed under. Sew the finished edge down. You now have a big channel with your button hole near the bottom.
10. Stitch again, 1" above the line of stitching you just made. (Try to miss the buttonhole, but if you catch a bit of it, don't sweat it. Once it's all ruffled, no one will know!). You now have a channel for your tie/ribbon and a nifty-snifty ruffle above it.
11. Make/cut your tie. If you're making your tie and not using a ribbon, fold the tie in half and sew along long edge. Turn the tube and press so that the seam is in the middle. Fold under a bit of each end and press. Top stitch the entire tie.
Use a safety pin to thread the tie though the buttonhole and channel. Put in your tissues, tighten, and tie. You're done!
(p.s. Geaux Tigers!