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« on: August 10, 2005 04:41:55 PM »

This whole adventure started out by my stepmother sending me this tissue couch...


I thought it was so cute.  I had to make some more for my friends.  I searched for a pattern and didn't find any, but how hard could it be.   During my search, I happened upon a box cover that looked like a school bus.  It was made out of felt.  And the sewing begins.

Here is my school bus.  It looks almost exactly like the one I found.
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Here is the couch/bed box cover for my older son's teacher...

I say couch/bed because it looked like a bed afterwards. lol.  So, I had to make 2 little pillows for it.  No napping in class though.

Well, I can give a short tutorial.  I'm not that great at this explaining stuff, since I speak my own language...
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These measurements are for a large box of 200.  You'll have to adjust for the square box.

Step 1:  Cut your fabric.
     
            2(9.5" x 5.5")    top
              (28.5" x 6.5")  sides/bottom
            2(3.5" x 19.5")  couch back   
              16" piece of 1/4" elastic
              scrap pieces of batting or fiberfill

Step 2:  Take your 'couch back' pieces.
             Lay them with right sides facing RSF.
             Fold them in half.
             Measure in, from fold, 4.5".  mark this spot.  This is the back of your couch.
             On the rest of the pieces, draw out your couch arm.
             Cut on your draw marks.
                        I hope I didn't confuse you.
             Sew around the top edge of your 'couch back'.
             Sew down the center, to make the pillowed back.
             Sew down where the arms meet up with the back.
             Flip right side out,   Stuff each section.    Baste the raw edge.
 


Step 3:  Take your 'top' pieces and fold them lenghtwise WSF, wrong sides facing.
             Either pin them closed, or baste.
             Lay them on top of each other with folded edges on same side.
             Sew down the folded edges, using a very small seam...I zig-zaged the edge....
                    leaving a big gap in the center for the tissues to come out.

 

Step 4:  Zig-zag, or fold over, one long edge of your 'sides/bottom' piece. 
            Fold over 1/2" and sew right along the edge.  Leaving enough room to let the                    elastic move easily.
            Insert your elastic piece into the tube.  stitch on the ends to hold in place.
            Fold RSF, and stitch up end, matching up elastic tube.

Now comes the tricky part.....

Step 5:  Baste the 'couch back' to the 'top'.
            Pin the 'sides/bottom' all around the 'top', sandwiching in the 'couch back', RSF
            Sew it all up, I found it easier to baste and remove the pins, then sew.

Step 6:  Flip it right side out.
            Insert box.
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The school bus was a little tricker.  I used felt instead of fabric.  I did it all the same, except for the 'couch back', of course I didn't use that.  I did however cut a 5" x 2.5" piece and curve it for the lights on the front.    Then, just cut out some felt and decorate.  I used yarn for the kids hair.  The girl in the rear is supposed to be a pony tail.  No one here  has got that one yet.  And the colored pieces on the bottom rear, are books.  I stitched letters and numbers on them.  No one got that either.  lol

If I need to clarify anything let me know.  I'm not good at explaining.

« Last Edit: August 15, 2005 12:03:01 PM by momwith3kids » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2005 05:04:29 PM »

OMG!!  That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen!!  I love making things like this that totally disguise what it "really" is!!  Tell you're stepmother that she is amazing and so is her stuff!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2005 08:45:36 AM »

 Grin Oh MY GOODNESS,....please ask her for a TUTORIAL! That is one of the cutest things I've seen!
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2005 10:09:52 AM »

that is very cute!

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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2005 07:59:20 PM »

She is actually in Florida at the moment.  Plus, she doesn't know a thing about computers or explaining anything. LOL.

I, however, am a good study on reading articles previously sewn.  I will work up a tutorial.  Only, because I plan on making one for my kids teachers.  I found a picture of one on the web that was a school bus.  I'm off to wal-mart tomorrow for supplies.

I will post when finished.  Thanks.

At the moment my dd's newly bought Furby is resting on the couch.  She claimed it for her toys.  She saw the furby at the salvation army and said she just had to have that little blue owl.  She's so cute.
 
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2005 08:07:35 PM »

oh my gosh I love it... at first I thought it was a real kitty couch or something...but for tissues and a furby (lol) too cute!
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2005 12:37:15 PM »

Ahaha! It makes me laugh, it's so cute! I hate those ugly patterns on most tissue boxes, and this is a really creative way to hide them! Plus, it would be a place for all my beanie babies to rest their behinds  Grin A tutorial would be awesome. Eeeee! Love it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2005 12:04:12 PM »

I'm going to make some for friends/family for christmas.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009 02:34:03 PM »

To see these original Couch(sofa) and School Bus tissue box cover patterns and many more visit: http://www.creationsbyjenmarie
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