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.
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.
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.
Sew the short ends.
Turn right side out, and center the middle piece, with the overlap ends forming the edges. Press.
Now, turn the finished ends to meet in the middle, right sides together.
Pin in place and sew across the raw edge ends.
Turn right side out, done.
Just the right size for a pocket pack of tissues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These florals are wonderful too. Bright stripes with flowers and the floral with the orange accent are both great.
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
What are you sewing today?
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