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How to Make a Tissue Box Cover

If that box of tissues stands out like a sore thumb, this guide will help camouflage it with just a little scrap fabric and some sewing.


  • Step 1: Measure sides Use a ruler to measure the five sides of your tissue box, excluding the bottom, and add 1/4 inch to each side for the seam.
  • Step 2: Cut out sides from fabric Cut out each side of your fabric with a pair of scissors and then measure and cut out a slot for the tissues in the top piece.
  • TIP: The size slot you'll need for the tissues will depend on the size of original tissue box -- measure and cut appropriately.
  • Step 3: Sew opening Cut a small slit in each corner of the opening, fold back the edges, and then sew them back for a nice clean look.
  • TIP: Use pins to hold back the flaps as you sew to make things easier.
  • Step 4: Sew the sleeve Sew all four sides of the perimeter together inside out to create the sleeve that fits around the box.
  • Step 5: Notch top piece Cut out tiny 1/4-inch squares in each corner of the top piece to create flaps that wrap around each of the four sides of the sleeve.
  • Step 6: Attach top piece Attach the top piece to the sleeve by pinning it upside down and then sewing the flaps to each side.
  • TIP: You may want to use an electric iron to smooth the edges and make them as crisp as possible.
  • Step 7: Turn right side out Turn the cover right side out and then slip over the tissue box. Pull a tissue through the top slot. Display in plain view for all to see without embarrassment.
  • FACT: If every household in America used just one box of 100 percent recycled facial tissues instead of virgin fiber tissues, 163,000 trees would be saved.

You Will Need

  • Tissue box
  • Ruler
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Electric iron (optional)

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