Well, the suggestion of a tissue box cover tutorial definitely generated enough interest, so here it is! I hope it all makes sense and turns out correctly - if you have any troubles or feel the tute needs amending, please let me know!
The tissue box cover is essentially a single flat shape which folds up the sides of your tissue box, and is fastened at the top. This shape can be made in two different ways:
a) From a single piece of outside fabric, plus a single piece of lining.
b) From a number of pieces of outside fabric, sewn together in such a way that the pattern is always upright on all four sides of the box. Plus a single piece of lining.
These two options (and the direction of the fabric) are illustrated below:
Either method is fine - it depends on the fabric you're using and whether or not it has an obvious "right way up".
1) To create the above shape, we firstly need to figure out it's dimensions. Measure the size of your desired tissue box, taking note of the following lengths: W, H, L, X & Y:
Based on the above, this is how your cover measures up:
Don't forget to add 6mm all around for seam allowance!
2) Cut out this shape from your cover fabric using either method a) or method b). Cut out the lining fabric to match.
3) Pin the cover and lining fabrics together right sides facing. Cut two pieces of elastic each about 8cm long, and create two loops. Pin the loops in place between the fabrics, as shown:
4) Sew around the outside of the entire shape, 6mm in from the edge, leaving a gap at the end of one of the side flaps as shown above. You may like to run the machine back and forth over the elastic loops to make them extra secure.
5) Turn the piece inside out and iron flat, then hand stitch the hole closed. (Note: You may wish to test the cover on your box first, to make sure it fits nicely. If any of the flaps are too long you can always turn it back inside out and shorten them).
6) Now just position two buttons as shown below (the elastic loops should be nice and tight), and you're done!
Thank you to Heather for making the original tissue box cover from which this tute was developed!