Tissue Covers and a note about Safelight

When we did the latest Safelight Project, wonderful reader Betty Giacomino sent 70 tissue covers to go with the cases made by readers.  It was delightful to see how many there were that went together well.  The last 15 or so didn’t really match (I mean, how much can one expect, LOL!!), but at that point we could take the last ones to the boutique. (Update Note- Betty didn’t expect so many to match, and was delighted that so many did.  She suggested the others go to the boutique.  She is well aware that I am very grateful for both her participation and her contributions.)  It occurred to me that you might want to use extra bits of your matching fabrics for tissue covers to go with your cases.  Betty sent me the instructions for the tissue cover so I could share it with you.  I made up a three piece set and the extra bit of time for the tissue cover was minimal.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Cut two pieces of fabric, one measuring 6-1/2-inches x 5-3/4-inches and one measuring 7-3/4-inches x 5-3/4-inches.  The larger piece will be the inside, and form the piping effect on the opening for the tissues.  The smaller piece will be the outside.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Place the pieces right sides together, and pin the short sides together on both ends.  They aren’t the same size but that will make sense in a minute.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Sew the short ends.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Turn right side out, and center the middle piece, with the overlap ends forming the edges.  Press.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Now, turn the finished ends to meet in the middle, right sides together.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Pin in place and sew across the raw edge ends.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Turn right side out, done.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Just the right size for a pocket pack of tissues.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

If you are making cosmetic and sunglasses cases for the next Safelight project, and you have a bit left over of your print, you can add a tissue cover to the set if you like.  I’ll provide the tissue packs, you don’t need to.

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I love the three piece set!  Betty is going to make a few more in solid tone on tone colors for us to match with sets that need them, so if you don’t have enough fabric to make one to go with your set, not to worry.  We’ve got it covered.

Safelight Sets at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

While we are on the subject of Safelight, if you are getting started on next year’s project, please choose bright colors, pretty florals and fun prints for your sets.  Cute cat or dog prints, tropical prints, bright dots, and fun motifs are all good.  Try to stay away from granny calicos or masculine themes (the guys don’t get these).  Use what you would like to have for yourself, something fun, bright, or pretty.  Novelty prints are great, like the fruit print on the left below.  The bright blue on the right is also a good one.

Best Prints for Safelight Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The bright dots on black center bottom, beautiful watercolor print on the upper right, dark with metallic accents, along with pretty and fun florals seen here are the best.

Best Prints for Safelight Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

These florals are wonderful too.  Bright stripes with flowers and the floral with the orange accent are both great.

Best Prints for Safelight Project at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Laresa Griffin, Development Director of Safelight sent a lovely note to share with you all – “Thank you and the wonderful readers of your blog for their kind and very generous donations of spa bags four our clients int he emergency shelter here at Safelight. They have been touched by the thoughts, the messages on the cars, and by the fact that someone believes in them and cares for them. We are so grateful for this showering of love! We appreciate you, your readers and all you do the make life brighter for those here in our care! Sincerely, Laresa Griffin”

I’ve addd the tissue cover to the pdf download for the next Safelight Project.  These would make cute little stocking stuffers for your Christmas sewing too.  Here’s the pdf in case you want to get started, but please do not mail them to me until next year when the project is announced – Safelight Case Sets

Tissue Covers at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

What are you sewing today?

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10 thoughts on “Tissue Covers and a note about Safelight

  1. I am “working” with my senior ladies again today at assisted living to sew some of these. So far, we managed two sets. Love having the extra pattern for the tissue holders. At the rate they are sewing it will be next year….giggle. They are trying!! I am fixing; and I’m sure will be lovely when they finished. The ladies like sewing for others. 🙂 This is a project that they CAN manage; provided I don’t goof up the instructions!! I printed out a set for each lady.

  2. Renee newman

    How wonderful of Betty G to send you her tissue holders, but how unfair of you to say some holders did not match. Is this so important that you, the free recipient of the hours of work, find negativity in someone else’s work? This is subjective. If I were Betty I would not send you anymore tissue holders. You are ungrateful.

    1. Carla

      Wow, Renee, you must not read Carole’s blog much. She is one of the most generous bloggers out there. Perhaps you should take a look at the negativity that you are spreading.

    2. Mary Stori

      I agree with Carla…we should all have Carole’s extreme volunteer spirit which is displayed on a regular basis! She wasn’t complaining about the mismatching, merely explaining the different look when grouped.

    3. Brenda Ackerman

      Renee, Everyone has the right to their opinion. But honestly, you CAN NOT be a regular reader of Carole’s blog and leave such a horrid comment! Not only are you insulting Carole, you are insulting Betty and each and every TRUE DEVOTED reader of this blog. Carole and Every person who participated in this project deserves so much respect and not anything like what you are saying! You need to REREAD the entire post and apologize!!!

  3. Joy

    What a cute- and easy! – project!
    Thank you and Betty for sharing the directions. And ignore the negativity. Your regular readers know what a wonderful serendipity it was that so many of the tissue covers coordinated so well with the bag sets.

  4. Carole, thank you and Betty for sharing the tissue cover instructions. Our group does similar projects for our local shelter and their boutique. One of my neighbors gave me a bag of fabric from an elderly relative with lots of novelty and floral prints — I will start making sets so I’ll have some to send next time you collect for Safelight!

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole and Everyone else, I am sorry if I was out of line in my response to Renee. It just made my blood boil instantly and you know with what I am going through it surprised me how quickly my response was. I had to buy some more Velcro last night to finish up some of my bags and now, I will begin making the tissue covers also. I hope that you have a fabulous day!

  6. What a beautiful set that turned out to be! I;m happy to have the directions early, as these days I have to find strong moments to sew. So glad to hear the residents enjoy and appreciate the gifts. As to the negativity, I confess it leaves me speechless.

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