Beginner Project: Travel Tissue Case

Not only is this a great beginner project, but also a great gift!

Not only is this a great beginner project, but also a great gift!

Every few sessions, I teach this travel tissue case on the first day of my Sew Easy class.  It gets a new sewer used to the basic and most-useful stitches: straight stitch, zig-zag stitch, and backstitch.

Beginner or experienced, you’ll appreciate this quick project that makes a thoughtful gift AND uses up remnants!

The skills you will develop by sewing this case are:

  • cutting straight lines
  • sewing with straight and zig-zag stitches
  • reversing your machine for a backstitch

Supplies needed:

  • your basic sewing supplies
  • one 8 1/4″ wide by 5 1/2″ high rectangle of fabric
  • travel tissues
Use up remnants perfectly with this 8 1/4" x 5 1/2" rectangle

Use up remnants perfectly with this 8 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangle

Begin by setting your machine to a zig-zag stitch and sewing the SHORT edges of your rectangle.  This zig-zag stitch will help prevent fraying.

Begin by setting your machine to a zig-zag stitch and sewing the SHORT edges of your rectangle. This zig-zag stitch will help prevent fraying.

Close up of the zig-zag stitch.  Try to sew so that the right side actually goes off the fabric, wrapping around the raw edge.

Close up of the zig-zag stitch. Try to sew so that the right side actually goes off the fabric, wrapping around the raw edge.

Press the short ends you just sewed as shown, with a 1/2" hem. Do this to both short ends.

Press the short ends you just sewed as shown, with a 1/2″ hem. Do this to both short ends.

Change settings to a straight stitch and sew close to the zig-zag side.  Sew down each hem.

Change settings to a straight stitch and sew close to the zig-zag side. Sew down each hem.

After sides have been hemmed, fold the rectangle, right sides together.  Bring the two ends to the middle and press.  Use four pins to hold fabric in place.

After sides have been hemmed, fold the rectangle, right sides together. Bring the two ends to the middle and press. Use four pins to hold fabric in place.

Line up the raw edge with the right side of your presser foot.  Backstitching at the beginning and end, sew a fabric/flaps together with a straight stitch. (depending on your machine, you'll be sewing with approximately a 1/4" inch seam allowance).

Line up the raw edge with the right side of your presser foot. Backstitching at the beginning and end, sew a fabric/flaps together with a straight stitch. (Depending on your machine, you’ll be sewing with approximately a 1/4″ inch seam allowance).

Now, change back to your zig-zag stitch and repeat sewing the same sides you just sewed with a straight stitch.  (You are now finishing this edge to prevent further fraying.)

Now, change back to your zig-zag stitch and repeat sewing the same sides you just sewed with a straight stitch. (You are now finishing this edge to prevent further fraying.)

Trim all threads (including any fraying and turn right-side-out!

Trim all threads (including any fraying and turn right-side-out!  Fill with travel-sized tissues and enjoy!

Not only is this a great beginner project, but also a great gift!

Sneeze happy!

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