Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ruffle Tissue Holder Tutorial


Wow, where did November go!?!? Ok, so I planned on 4 tutorials this month and only got around to doing 3, but I've just been swamped with Christmas orders. That's a good thing, I'm certainly not complaining!

So a while back I promised a tutorial for tissue holders with RUFFLES! I love these, anything with layers and ruffles playing peekaboo just makes me smile. So, let's get started, shall we? (Apologies in advance for fuzzy pics, it was a race against the setting sun, lol, so my light wasn't great.)

Here is what you'll need:



  • 2 or 3 coordinatings fabrics

  • Heat 'n Bond Lite (you'll be sewing through this) or some double sided fusible interfacing or adhesive, not too heavy

  • Double Fold bias tape

  • rotary cutter and cutting mat

  • scissors for trimming

  • iron

Alright, to start you're going to need to cut your exterior and interior fabrics, which will be 6" x 7". You need 2 of these per tissue holder. You could use the same fabric inside and out, but I just love to see a surprise fabric when I peek inside, so I always use two different fabrics!


Next, you'll cut out the fabric for the ruffle, which is going to be 2" x 9". This could be a 3rd coordinating fabric, or it can match the inside. You do want it to contrast against the exterior fabric for a nice pop of color, so keep that in mind when choosing.

I typically make tissue holders in batches, so usually I'll cut a long 2" strip...


fold it in half and press...


and then cut it into 9" strips.


Next, cut your adhesive or interfacing, you need one 6" x 7" piece per tissue holder.

Now you should have all the pieces read to go.


Next, press the pieces so they are wrinkle free, and then take your interior fabric and iron on the adhesive side to the WRONG side of the fabric.


Once it has cooled, peel off the paper...


and then place the exterior fabric on top of the adhesive side of the interior fabric, wrong sides facing. Fuse the two pieces together with your iron.


Now, you should have a double sided piece of fabric.


Next, cut two 6" pieces of bias tape, these will give a nice finish to the edges.


Take one of the pices of bias tape, and sew it onto one of the 6" edges.


To create the ruffle, run a gathering stitch along the long raw edge of the ruffle fabric, about a 1/4" from the edge.



Take your fused fabric pieces, exterior side up, and gather the ruffle until it fits exactly on the 6" side of the fabric that doesn't have bias tape. You may want to keep most of the ruffle towards the center, leaving the fabric flat on either end as you'll be stitching over it, like this.


You can pin the ruffle, or if you're lazy like me just kind of hold it as you go, making sure to line it all up well in the process. I did pin it here, mostly because I needed my free hand for the camera. ;-)


Next you'll sew the ruffle to the exterior side of the fused fabric. I usually stitch about half way in between the gathering stitch and the edge, just make sure to catch all your fabric in there!



Once you've done that, trim as close as you can to the stitches, and pull out the gathering threads.


Now you're going to sew on the other piece of bias tape onto the raw edge, over the ruffle and the fabric. It will be a little thick, just try to make sure to cover your stitches with the bias tape (that's why it was trimmed closely). You can pin the bias tape on if you'd like, but I find that more cumbersome than going without, personally.

Stitch the bias tape along the edge.

And you should have something like this!


We're almost done! :-) Now, take the edge WITHOUT the ruffle and fold it in about 1 3/4".


Then, take the edge WITH the ruffle and fold it on top, so that it overlaps about 1/4" - 1/2".


I usually take a peek inside to see if I have it lined up like I want.


I like the top edge to be as close to centered as possible. Feel free to do it differently, that's just my preference. Once you have it lined up how you want, again you can pin or not, I never do, you're just going to stitch over your whole fabric sandwhich on one side.


I typically go over the corners and center part (where you'll have a hump) 2 or 3 times just to make sure it doesn't come undone.


Since I usually do these in batches, most of the time I make a chain and just do one side of several at once, then start at the other end of the chain and do the other side. It goes much more quickly than doing one at a time!

Alright, once you've stitched both sides, trim the edges...



and then, my FAVORITE part!! You're going to turn it right side out, I usually do one side...


then poke the corners out a bit (but not too hard, you don't want to make a hole!)...


And then I flip the other side, do the same to the corners, et voila!


Stick a pack of tissues inside, and you're all done!


Admire your handiwork. Wasn't that fun? :-)


These make GREAT little gifts for secret santa exchanges, stocking stuffers, or just as a little something special for yourself. ;-)

7 comments:

Cynthia said...

This is another great tutorial!

Tanya said...

This is the best tutorial for a tissue holder that I have seen. It is so clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much. I am going to make a few of these for Christmas for sure!

Sleen said...

Great tutorial!

Grace said...

Wonderful & easy to follow tutorial! I'm surely making some of these for Christmas gifts.:)

Elisha White said...

I am so excited about these! Recently the sewing bug as bitten me and I have been sewing up a storm. Made a dress for my daughter for CHRISTmas and now working in some 1950s dresses for myself. I saw these and a smile came across my face :D Now I have something small enough to make with the extra fabric from my sewing projects. Thanks so much!!!

Stephanie said...

You're very welcome, Elisha, have fun! :-)

Ash said...

Such a great tutorial, and so cute! Thanks for sharing.