Rick Rack Travel Tissue Holder ~ Tutorial

These last couple weeks we have been sick with some pretty nasty colds around here ~ tis the season, I guess.  It is the worst feeling to be caught out and about without a tissue in sight.  I mean, what is a girl to do? I’ve been meaning to make some travel tissue holders for the last year and I finally sat down and sewed some of these little cuties.

As most of you know, I’ve got a thing for rick rack, so I decided to incorporate one of my favorite trims into the design.  This project is a really great way to use up scraps as it only takes two small squares of fabric.  If you are in a ‘scrap busting’ kind of mode, this is going to be a great project to put those scraps to good use.

Also, if you are just starting out sewing, this is a perfect beginner project and if you are a seasoned pro, these fun travel tissue holders will take you minutes to sew together.  Let’s get started…….

Rick Rack Travel Tissue Holder
by The Cottage Mama
1 – 6″ x 7.5″ piece of fabric (exterior)
1 – 6″ x 7.5″ piece of fabric (lining)
Rick Rack
Basic Sewing Supplies
Optional: Wonder Tape
Cut your fabric.  You will need two pieces for each tissue holder.  One for the exterior and one for the lining.  Also, pick out a coordinating color of rick rack trim.
Pin rick rack to both sides of the exterior piece of fabric.  Line the rick rack up with the edge of the fabric.  Another option is to use Wonder Tape to temporarily adhere the rick rack to the fabric.  Wonder Tape is a double-sided tape that washes away and won’t gum up your needle.  Apply it to the back of the rick rack, peel off the paper backing and stick it to the fabric.  Again, Wonder Tape is totally optional.
Place the lining fabric on top of the exterior fabric with the right sides facing each other.  By right sides, I mean the printed side of the fabric.  Stitch down both sides that have the rick rack using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn right side out and press.  This should allow the rick rack to just peak through on either side.  This was a standard, regular sized rick rack.  If you choose to use a smaller or jumbo rick rack, you will need to adjust it so that the right amount peaks through with the 1/4″ seam allowance.
Place the fabric with the exterior fabric side up.  Fold in both sides, so now you see the lining.  Fold in so that the seams where the rick rack are seen are overlapping each other.  Pin in place.
Stitch down both sides of the tissue holder using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Trim edges with pinking shears or use a zig-zag stitch for finishing.  Clip corners and turn right side out pressing out the corners.
The rick rack is entirely optional as well, but I think it adds a nice, vintage detail.
Fabric is 100% cotton, ‘City Weekend‘ by Oliver + S for Moda Fabrics.
Once your tissue holder is complete, just fill with travel sized tissue packs with the plastic wrapper removed.  I plan to make one of these to keep in each of my purses, one for the car, and maybe one for each of my kids.  These really are the easiest thing to sew and make a very ordinary item such as tissues into something special and fun!

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  1. Those are the cutest tissue holders, the rick rack is the perfect added touch!

  2. Very cute, love it with the rick rack!

  3. I too love the addition of the rick rack, makes it look so special. I definitely want to try that Wonder Tape!

  4. I made 10 of these one year for my son’s teachers, therapists and aides as part of their appreciation gifts. They go together fast and are a great stashbuster. These are great for using up those small pieces of ribbon and trim that are too small for anything else but you just hate to throw away.

  5. I make these for gifts as well, but the rick rack trim is a really cool idea. I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. Muito lindo, I like this
    Beijos no coração

  7. Muito lindo, I like this
    Beijos no coração

  8. very cute:) A friend actually gave me one of these she had made last year for Christmas. I need to get it refilled:)

  9. Hi Lindsay, I love your tutorials and I just wanted to let you know that I recognized some of them here: http://theberry.com/2012/01/30/mystery-misc-30-photos-2/ . They aren’t attributed to you, and I’m not sure if you care or not, but if you do, I thought you should know!

    • Hi Hannah,

      Thank you SO much for bringing that to my attention. I asked the author to remove the picture and she did. It’s really a bummer when others don’t credit the creator of a tutorial. Thanks again for letting me know!

  10. Too much for me to do, dear Lindsay! Especially since I don’t sew and do not have a sewing machine, and am too lazy to sew by hand. 😉
    But I always love seeing your posts, you are gifted. A project like this probably takes someone like you five minutes.
    I also enjoyed your post of the girls’ toys! I’d like to babysit them to be able to play with all that stuff with them. 🙂
    P.S. A ‘kiss’ for your boy (and, of course, my little girlfriend ‘models’ too!)

  11. Cute project! And I love the look of your blog!! Just found you via Blogstar… look forward to seeing more!

  12. Hello, I came across your blog last week and liked it so much that it is down in my favourites already. This is a very nice and easy tutorial, I can hardly wait to be in my new flat with my sewing-machine set up in order to give it a go. They are going to make perfect small presents!
    I agree with what others have said already: rick rack trim looks great. I would maybe give a go to white or black lace (depending on the fabric I choose).

    Best wishes,

  13. Very cute idea!!

  14. Cute project. The rick rack adds a fun touch!

  15. Nice project, it is so cute. The rick rack is veruy lovely.

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  17. Thanks a lot for this nice and easy tutorial! I quickly made several of them.

  18. These are so sweet. Pinning immediately!

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  19. I have made these tissue holders but I like your idea of the added rick rack. Thanks for the pattern and the rick rack

  20. I chuckled to myself when reading the tutorial. I made this when I was in Jr. High for all my teachers for end of school gifts. That was in the late 60’s. They are just as handy now as they were back then.

  21. Love this pattern & all the other tutorials you post, but….would it be possible if a print version could be included? so tired of wasting paper & ink when printing your tutorials that will print the entire blog, plus all the comments…..thank you!

    • Hi there,

      Thanks so much! No, there is no way to have it just print out the instructions for this pattern. But you can select what pages you want to print and just choose not to print the pages with the comments. Hope that helps! Have a great day, Lindsay.

  22. bunny kingston says

    do you pin the rick rack to the 6″ side or the 7.5″?

  23. carol heisler says

    thank you so much for the tissue holder. I am just,now, teaching my 8 year old great grand daughter how to sew. This is a perfect project.


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