I'm a fan of cheap.
I'm a fan of easy.
I've been busily sewing and crafting up a storm to get ready for Christmas, and as I was sewing the other day, it (finally) occurred to me that maybe I should share some of these easy crafty projects on my blog so that you, too, can be cheap and easy, just like me!
Well, you know what I mean.
I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for some cute little tissue pack covers - you know, those tissue packs that always get wadded up in the bottom of your purse then you can never find them when you need them?
Well anyway, I thought these would make a good stocking stuffer, but even the super-simple tutorial seemed to have too many steps for me, so I made some cuts, made some folds, sewed some seams (four total!!!) and came up with this.
You should try it.
It truly took less than five minutes.
Two pieces of coordinating fabric, roughly 10 inches by 5 inches. Actually, it probably doesn't need to be that big. I didn't measure it. I also didn't take pics of the first few steps because it didn't occur to me until later to write a post about it. Oops. Someday I'm going to get my shit together. Someday.
scissors, thread, sewing machine, iron
a purse/pocket sized pack of tissues
WHAT TO DO:
Place your two pieces of fabric together, right sides out.
Fold the ends of the shorter side over approximately one inch (the fabric you want on the outside should be folded over the interior fabric) and press with the iron. Sew a straight seam at the edge of each fold. Now it should look like this:
Next, turn it over and wrap it around your tissue pack, inside out. You want the edges to overlap approximately 1/2 to 1 inch. Pin in place. Now sew a straight seam at one end of the tube you created, like this:
Now put your tissue pack in the tube and shove it down to the end you seamed. Pinch the other end closed at the length you want your cover to be and mark it with a pin. Remove the tissue pack and sew another seam at the marked spot, like this:
You can see I had quite a bit of fabric left over. If I would have bothered to measure, this wouldn't have happened. Oops. (It ended up being about 4.5 x 2.5 finished, if this helps you at all.) Anyway, I just chopped the extra fabric off like this:
Then I turned it right side out and TA-DA! Cute little tissue pack cover.
I keep an old chopstick handy to use to square out my corners, but that's it.
Five minutes, less than a dollar's worth of materials, and you now have a stocking stuffer that you can give to someone and be all like "Oh, yeah, I MADE this for you. With my own two hands. It was a sacrifice, I know, but you are IMPORTANT to me."
Or you can just decide to keep it, like I did.