Crocodile tears, runny noses, spit ups and blow outs... there's almost never a time you don't need a tissue around the nursery. Why not let them pop out through a grommet on the top of our cute and clever tissue box cover? This fun project is one of eight pieces in our new nursery series sponsored by our good friends at Michael Miller Fabrics. We created the collection using their new Color Story concept, selecting the Citron-Gray Color Story for a modern baby boy nursery: happy yet soothing with bright, bold geometric shapes reminiscent of groovy sixties fashion. This project can be finished with less than a yard of fabric and a few of your favorite scraps. We used the leftovers from all our Citron-Gray fabrics to create a pretty patchwork.
Unlike most fabric collections that are filled with coordinated prints in multiple colorways, color is what this story is all about. Michael Miller's Color Story concept combines hues that consistently work so well together, they create their own ambience, their own feeling... their own story. These fabric color pairings are also currently prominent in other areas of fashion, interior style and pop culture: Citron-Gray, Aqua-Red, Cocoa-Berry, It's a Boy thing, It's a Girl Thing, Lagoon, Orchid-Gray, Retro, Rouge et Noir, Sorbet and Urban Grit.
Like good friends who hang together over time, Michael Miller's eleven Color Story pals will evolve from one release to another. Their stories will update and build momentum as color trends evolve, but their compatibility will remain. You'll be able to add new fabrics within the same Color Story, knowing they'll fit in and work well together.
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Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome DC4030 Pink Ribbon)
Fabric and Other Supplies
NOTE: This project is sized for a standard small, square-type of tissue box, such as this one from Kleenex®
- ¾ yard of 44-45" wide solid fabric for the tissue box cover base: we used Blanca-White Cotton Sheeting by Michael Miller Fabrics
- Scrap fabric for top patchwork square; you need one 4" x 4" square - we used Charcoal Dumb Dot from the Citron-Gray Color Story by Michael Miller Fabrics
- Scrap fabrics for the EIGHT patchwork pieces that make up the box side accent stripes; each piece is 2½" high x 3⅛" wide: we used 8 different scrap pieces from the Citron-Gray Color Story by Michael Miller Fabrics - each fussy cut to feature a cute part of the motif
- Scrap of fusible interfacing to back grommet on box top; you need one square that is at least 4¾" x 4¾"
- 1 small grommet for tissue box top: we used Dritz Home 1" Drapery Grommets in Brushed Silver
- All purpose thread
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Tape measure
- Straight pins
Where to Buy
Michael Miller Fabrics recommends the following online retailers as great places to shop for and buy the beautiful fabrics within the Citron-Gray Color Story as well as many other Michael Miller collections:
Hancock's of Paducah: 10% discount on Michael Miller Citron-Gray Color Story fabric. Use promo code: Citrongrey
- Download and print FOUR copies of our Tissue Box Pattern.
IMPORTANT: This pattern consists of ONE 8.5" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. Print FOUR copies of this page.
- Cut out all four pieces along the solid lines. Tape together at center triangles to create a single pattern piece that resembles a "+" sign as shown on the page.
- Pin the assembled pattern to the solid fabric (Michael Miller Fabrics white sheeting in our sample), and cut out the base for the cover.
- From the scrap of fabric you picked for the top square, cut one 4" x 4" square.
- From the scraps of fabric you picked for the side accent strips, cut EIGHT rectangles, each one should be 2½" high x 3⅛" wide. Fussy cut your rectangles so you feature a pretty part of the design motif.
- This stripe wraps all the way around the box cover. Lay out your eight cuts in a pleasing order, mixing and matching to best alternate lights and darks, small and large motifs, and color repeats.
- From the scrap of fusible interfacing, cut one 4¾" x 4¾" square.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Flip the base piece over so it is right side is down and flat on your work surface.
- Place the 4¾" x 4¾" fusing square in the center of the base piece, adhesive side down, so it is evenly spaced ½" from the cut corners. Following manufacturer's instructions, adhere the interfacing to the fabric.
- Turn the base piece right side up and set aside.
- Find the 4" x 4" top accent square (Charcoal Dumb Dot in our example).
- Fold and press ¼" along all four raw edges.
- Pin this pressed square in the exact center of the base piece. The base piece should be right side up AND the top accent square should also be right side up.
- Edgestitch the top accent square in place around all four sides. We used a contrasting yellow thread as an accent.
- Place the grommet template in the exact center of the top accent square, and trace a circle.
- Following the manufacturer's directions, or our own tutorial on these great grommets, cut out the circle and snap the grommet in place.
- Collect the eight side accent stripe pieces, keeping them in the order you picked above. Separate them into four pairs, and pin each pair together along one 2½" edge. Then, sew each pair together, using a ¼" seam allowance. Press each seam allowance open. Finally, fold under the two long edges of each pair ¼" and press well.
- Pin one finished stripe-pair to each of the four sides of the base piece. Each stripe should be placed so its bottom folded edge is 2" from the bottom raw edge of the base piece.
- Edgestitch each stripe in place along both the top and the bottom.
- Fold each of the four sides of the base piece right sides together along the raw edges. Make sure to line up the fabric stripes so they create a perfect match on the seam line. Pin in place. Stitch each side, using a ½" seam allowance.
- Press these side seams flat.
- Make a double-turn hem along the bottom raw edge. To do this, fold and press ¼" along bottom raw edges, then fold and press an additional ½" to create a ¾" clean finished hem.
- Edgestitch the hem in place all the way around.
- Turn the tissue box cover right side out, and gently push out corners with a long blunt-end tool, such as a chopstick or knitting needle.
- Place the cover over your tissue box and pull the first tissue through the grommet hole.
Project Concept: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Gregory Dickson
Other machines suitable for this project include the Elna 2800 Pink and the Viking Emerald 203.