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Fabric Tissue Box Cover…with Grommet opening

My husband Steve has awful allergies.  And he passed his dirty rotten allergies onto some of our children. ;)  So, with several allergy sufferers in our home, what do we have an abundance of?  Yes, tissues.  Every room, every nook, every vehicle.  And this is kind of ridiculous (there ARE bigger problems in this world, after all), but sometimes the obnoxious packaging drives me crazy.  Steve likes one type of tissue (kind of soft, but no lotions/aloe/perfumes/etc) and we’ve bought the same type for years…..but, the packaging is blah.  And hurts my eyeballs sometimes when I see it sitting on my end table next to my pretty little lamp/vase/picture.


So, you know me…..I can’t leave things alone.  I have to fix that darn problem with a little fabric.


And so I did.  In under an hour. 





And instead of a slit and sewn opening at the top for the tissue to come out, I attached a large grommet (which just snaps together, easy as pie!).




No more ugly tissue boxes sitting in every little space in my home.  (The disguise is so fantastic, you can’t even tell what’s under that rectangle box, can you?  Or is the tissue coming out the top giving it away? ;))




Oh, and just for fun, I added little strips of leather (actually, faux leather) to the bottom corners.  You can take it or leave it but I kinda love the random texture thrown in there.



Ahhhhh… more ugly tissue boxes invading my life.  Now, I only need to make like 17 more. ;)





Want to make a quick tissue cover too?

(If you use my dimensions, this should only take you about 30 minutes…)


Let’s get started…



  • 1/2 yard Home Decor fabric (medium weight or more)
  • 1/2 yard sturdy fusible interfacing (as sturdy as your fabric or less)
  • 1 Curtain Grommet (1.5 inch inner opening)
  • scraps of leather (or faux leather)

**Be sure you are making your cover for a tissue box size that you use often, so that your cover will always fit.  I share my dimensions below for the tissue type we always buy.  If you want to just use mine and purchase the same type of Kleenex brand tissues (the shorter box), go right ahead.  Just measure your box first, to be sure it matches mine below.


To begin, measure the height and width of the top of your tissue box.  Add a 1/4 inch to each of those dimensions to give the cover a little wiggle room and to accommodate for slightly uneven box shapes.  (After adding the 1/4 inch to each, my dimensions were 5 x 9 1/8 inches.)



Then measure the short sides of your box and add 1/4 inch to each dimension.  (After adding the 1/4 inch to each, my dimensions were 5 x 3 3/4 inches.)



Then measure the long sides of your box and add 1/4 inch to each dimension.  (After adding the 1/4 inch to each, my dimensions were 9 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches.)




Then, write down all of your dimensions to give yourself a visual of what you’ll be working with.




Then, add one inch to all of the outer ends of your shape, to account for hemming under the very bottom edge of the cover when it’s all done.  Also, add 1/4 inch to all of the inner 8 edges, for a seam allowance.




Add up those dimensions to come up with your main width and height of your rectangle shape.  (Note:  Here’s how I came up with the width noted below……9 1/8 + 3 3/4 + 3 3/4 + 1 + 1 = 18 5/8 inches.  And here’s how I came up with the height………5 + 3 3/4 + 3 3/4 +1 + 1 = 14 1/2 inches)




Then, cut a piece of fabric that is the exact size of the measurements above and then iron some fusible interfacing to the “wrong” side of the fabric.  (What is fusible interfacing?)



Then, add up each side rectangle piece (make sure you are adding in the extra 1/4 inch on each of those inner sides) and subtract it from the main dimensions from 2 steps ago, and you’ll get the dimensions of the voided space (in orange below) for your fabric.



Then, make a paper template to match the dimension of the cutout size you need…and cut out each corner from your fabric.




Now, time for the grommet.  These are the variety I purchased, with a 1 1/2 inch opening (the largest I could find).



Mark the very center of the fabric with a pen.




Then use the template guide to draw the circle size you need.



Cut out the circle of fabric and then snap your two grommet pieces together around the opening.  (The grommet is already attached in the center.  The other two pieces are just showing what the two pieces look like that are snapped together in the center.)




Then, match up each of your corner raw edges and sew your cover into a rectangle shape, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to start sewing each seam at the inner section of the cover and work your way outward to bottom edge of the cover.



Slide the cover over your tissue box to be sure it fits.



Then zig-zag each of the raw edges.



Trim any uneven edges along the bottom.



And now turn your cover right side out and try it on your tissue box again.  Turn your cover (and box) upside down and see how much of an overhang there is on the bottom edge.  (Most likely, it will be more than an inch.)  Determine how much you need to fold over and then fold over again for your hem.  Pin in place (and try on your box again to be sure it’s correct) and then sew in place.  Iron all seams flat.



The next step is optional but adds a fun touch.  Cut 4 strips of leather (or faux leather) that are 1 x 2 3/4 inches.



And then sew them right to each bottom corner of the cover.



Be sure everything is steamed/ironed flat…..and slide over your tissue box.


And that’s it!








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  1. Jessica Emma says:

    WOW. Really Amazing Tutorial. Thnks for this. I want to must try it.

  2. Janet Martin says:

    How can I print this without printing soooo many pages?

  3. Maria Mclaughlin says:

    Hi Ashley,
    Thanks for the great tutorial . Like comment no 20 I would also like clarification of how to work out the size of the corner squares. Can’t wait to make this.

  4. Lorraine Comley says:

    have you tried doing something like these for the disposable hand towels? My Mom alway has a tissue box and a hand towel box side by side in her bathroom. I grew up in a house that everything always matched. We had to buy tissue boxes based on what room they were going into. But the hand towel boxes tend to be that blah grey color.

  5. Jean says:

    I made matching coasters with the cut off corner pieces. They are just the right size!

  6. Lucy says:

    This is by far the best tissue box cover tutorial on the whole internet! I can’t wait for my grommets to arrive so I can make my mum one for Christmas! (Now there’s a sentence I’ve never typed before!) Thanks very much for this :)

  7. Hannah says:

    Looks fab & I’m excited to try it. But please can you just clarify how to to work out the dimensions for the shapes that you cut out after the interfacing step? Thanks

  8. Mya says:

    I cannot wait to make one of these!! Also, I saw a typo when reading over this blog it says ‘Then use the tamplate guide…’ you misspelled template. Just wanted to let you know, and your projects are a huge hit in my house!

  9. Tasha says:

    As always thank you for making our world a more visually appealing place to live. I am going to try this with my wet wipes box! No more pooh bear huggies container in my bathroom. Now off to practice my new sewing skills.

  10. Gladys E Leon says:

    Thank you very much it is a wonderful idea, I already make one but you gave me an easy way to make it, I have lots of color materials and I will make it for my bathrooms. It is a nice way of showing and you can match the color of your bathroom or the rug etc.

  11. nancy says:

    thanks for this, it’s a very cute idea, and a great tutorial, and will try this today yesterday i got a beautiful fabric for this and will send you the picture as soon as i finish. big kiss

  12. linda says:

    Oh I just love it going to try to make it ,have tissue setting in alll rooms. Thank you so much.

  13. Preethi says:

    Brilliant idea! I love it. Thanks. :)

  14. Jen Morris says:

    I love it! What a great idea, and so customisable for every space in the home. The grommet is genius and the little touches of faux leather are just the cherry on top!

  15. Pam McL says:

    Great tutorial. I made a black cover for the tissue box in our Jeep this same way. It has an indention in the dash that is just the right size for tissues, but most tissue boxes are light colored with a glossy finish and the reflection on the windshield nearly blinded you when the sun shone. Since the dash was black, I made mine out of black velvet (to ensure there was no reflection). I sewed bias tape around the slit opening, which was tricky. The grommet idea is genius.

  16. Tenney says:

    Really love it – also have a husband who wants tissues always at hand. I am also crazy for coasters, as I hate watermarks on the furniture, and all glasses sweat with the heat and humidity here in Hawaii, and I just couldn’t help but notice that the pieces you cut off are perfect coaster size. Is that too matchy-matchy? I usually make mine from 2 layers of plastic canvas (no stitching on the underside, except at edges), which seems to let the air circulate. Just a thought.

  17. Edith Biech says:

    I love it and must make one. thank you for the great idea. Christmas is coming along with birthdays, valintines day,ect.

  18. Amber says:

    This seems like a perfect idea for baby wipe containers too! Do you think the top will need to be altered to accommodate for the pop up tab on baby wipes?

  19. Beth says:

    The grommet is genius! I ordered a cover on etsy for $10 and love it. But I didn’t make it because of the pressure of that center opening (seriously!). I’m excited to give this easier one a try!

  20. Sandra Grant says:

    I recently heard that if you use any type of hair gel and it will attrack airborne allergants and then you bring them into your home and unless you wash your hair before going to bed they will attach themselves to your sheets and pillow cases, thus making allergies worse at night time.

  21. Marge R. (mer) says:

    OMG, we live in the WORST place in the desert SW for allergies — you’ve probably seen the giant ‘haboob’ dust storms on the news that we have during our summer monsoon season — that’s where our tissue-bedecked home is, so your tissue cover is PERFECT!!! I am BEYOND GRATEFUL for this perfect for my Costco-size stash of tissue boxes!!! Also very hopeful that the grommet corrects the wimpy plastic ‘always-loses-it’s-feed’ issues we have — IF my hubby gets there first, it’s too destroyed from his big hand to ever feed correctly again — LOL!

  22. Lynette says:

    As I’m reading this post, I’m sneezing! Maybe I should find some grommets and go to town on some of these guys! I love how classy it looks. The leather makes it feel masculine to me, and not a fussy cutesy cover. I really like it!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…..the power of suggestion! ;)

      And you’re right, the leather kind of tones it down. Kinda perfect! :)

      Thanks Lynette!

  23. Donna says:

    I have been looking for a tissue box cover for a long time. Yours is just beautiful. I can’t wait to make one. I even have the grommets. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha……that’s perfect! Now, there’s no excuse! Let me know how it turns out for you! :) -Ashley

  24. Anne says:

    Awesome!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Anne!

  25. Maggie says:

    Such a cute improvement, and of course extremely well executed, as can be expected from Ashley. Where did you get that great fabric? I think I need me some.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Maggie! And I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby. :)

  26. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine says:

    I absolutely love this! The cutest tissue box I’ve ever seen. Can’t wait to make one of these for my house!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Haley! And I betcha won’t stop at just one! ;)

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