Handkerchief Tissue Holder

They are appreciated.
And tea.
And blankets.
And you.
- Unknown -

A few weeks ago a little cold/bug visited me
and when I had to go to town while sick
I grabbed a handful of tissues to stuff in my purse.
I immediately told myself that I was going to make me a tissue holder
when I was feeling better. . .
so I did.

I've made plenty in the past,
but have always given them away.
This time instead of using cotton fabric
I used a vintage handkerchief and pink lace from an old shirt.
I've always loved the pink blossoms on this hankie,
but sadly the handkerchief itself was in rough condition
with a few stains here and there.
I was able to use the good part of the hankie to make the tissue holder
so it ended up being a win-win creation.
For the bit of pink showing at the opening
I used a lovely pink lace that came from a shirt.

This is how I made this easy peasy tissue holder.


hankie or scrap fabric
sewing machine

Here is my hankie before I cut it. . .

I cut the handkerchief to measure 7 x 6-inches.
The lining or inside fabric was cut to measure 8 1/2 x 6-inches.

Place the fabric right sides together 
and sew along the edge with a 1/2-inch seam.
You are not sewing along all four edges, just the two ends!
You will notice I have extra of the pink/lining fabric;
that is okay!

Once you've sewn the one edge together
you will simply pull the fabric together on the other side
and sew along the edge.
The lining fabric will have a bubble because there is a little extra.

Flip the fabric right side out 
and press with a hot iron.
You will have a little bit of lining showing
like the picture below shows.

Fold the two ends in so that they meet in the middle
like you see in the picture below.
Pin into place 
and sew along the two raw edges with a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

Trim with pinking shears so that the edges don't fray.
Then flip the tissue holder right side out.
You're done.

Of course I had to embellish mine with a little something.
I used these cute little daisies from a flower trim I found at Hobby Lobby.

Being sick can seem like all fun and games
until you no longer live with your mom.
- Unknown -

Place some tissues in the holder
and you are good to go.
Now I don't have to have a wad of Kleenex hanging out of my purse
next time I have a cold!

Happy day to you, friends!
Thank you for visiting.



Bernideen said...

That was a darling project! And how wonderful to have on hand as a small gift for some sweet lady friend who is ill!

Anonymous said...

Adorable and so useful. Have a good day.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh Stephanie that is lovely!!
Thank you for sharing~
You could almost stitch it by hand if necessary;
as it is a fairly simple project!
I have several hankies that were passed down -
what a great gift idea for family. Hug's, karen o

Regina said...

Stephanie that's so cute! I have a vintage hankie from my mother-in-law that I might use.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Very sweet. Sometimes you just have to make something pretty for yourself! It is so much prettier than the plastic bag of loose Kleenex I have in my purse.

Madison said...

How creative you are! This is such a lovely idea. I always wished I had learned to sew!

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Debby Ray said...

Sweet little vintage hankies are some of my favorite things and this is such a darling idea...and SO useful and practical. These little hankies bring back so precious memories of when I was little and my mom used to always have a few in her purse. She taught me how to make "babies in a cradle" with them! Enjoy the rest of your week, Stephanie!

Kate said...

A very pretty tissue holder, Stephanie, and I very much like the idea of using 'old' handkerchiefs. Thanks for sharing your how-to.

Danielle Marie said...

So adorable, Stephanie! Thank you for the lovely tutorial. :)

TerriSue said...

Dear Stephanie, I still use hankies as hankies. My stepmother sent me some as a Christmas present this year as she only uses tissues and didn't like the idea of them languishing in a drawer. Some had been her mother's and grandmother's. From the note she sent I could tell she had had a hard time giving them up. I went through them carefully and only took out about four that were in excellent condition for myself as they would be able to withstand repeated washing. The others I sat aside to make into sachets or anything else I could think of to re-purpose them for to send back to her. I am going to make this first. I think it will make a wonderful little Mother's day gift. She will get back one of her precious hankies and be able to use it in a way that it was meant to be used. Thank you so much for sharing!

WE said...

Looks great, appreciate your creative imagination.

Kate Yetter said...

Stephanie, this has got to be the most chic and elegant tissue holder that I have ever seen. I hope that you feel better soon. Thank you for sharing the process. I think I need to make one of these with my leftover fabric stash.

I am so disappointed that I couldn't fit in the time to play along with the tea cup exchange but I am going to have to plan for the next one. :)
Happy Wednesday,

Mari said...

This is the sweetest Kleenex holder ever! I love this use of hankies.

Tamago said...

What a great way to use the used handkerchief! Your tissue holder is so pretty and elegant. Love it very much!

mamasmercantile said...

I love the idea of using an old hankie to make one. I used to make them to sell when I did the craft fairs. They were very popular and always sold well.

Anna said...

A lovely idea and a delightful result !
Have a great day !

Little Wandering Wren said...

I am sorry that being sick led you to this beautiful tissue creation. You are clever. Let's hope you don't need for the sniffles in future, but tissues are always needed for sure, these ones are so pretty. I like the way you reused an old hankie!
Wren x

Zaa said...

Dear Stephanie.. This is such a darling project and certainly one that I would love for my tissues.. They are so pretty and what a lovely way to use those charming hankies.. This is such a thoughtful gift for a friend too... You are such a clever girl !!!! Please do have wonderful day , my Friend.. Big Hugs

Creations By Cindy said...

How pretty and dainty and well, just elegant! I love it Stephanie. I hope you are feeling much better dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

living from glory to glory said...

Oh my goodness, what a very cute idea!! I may give it a try as I agree that stuffing Kleenex in my purse is not nearly as pretty LOL
You have the best ideas...
Hugs, Roxy

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Well it is never fun to be sick at all, but how nice that it sparked the creative juice to come up with such a fun project! I too need one of these for my purse, and will have to dust off my sewing machine to make one of these! Thank you for sharing such an excellent tutorial! So fun to use up materials you have on hand too... that handkerchief was beautiful, glad it could be remade into something new! Hugs to you today :)

My thrift store addiction said...

Stephanie, I adore hankies and this is such a pretty little gift! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Cecilia

Magpie's Mumblings said...

What a wonderful use for a pretty hankie! I inherited a number of them from my grandmother so this might be the perfect use for a few!

Lowcarb team member said...

So useful!
So lovely!

All the best Jan

Margie said...

How cute! When I was a kid, I used to collect handkerchiefs (e.g., Hello Kitty, etc.), but I got rid of it all a few years ago during a big purge.

krishna said...

so, so cute!

Conniecrafter said...

Sorry you caught a cold, glad you are feeling well enough to sew this lovely creation, like the fabrics you used, and the pretty daisy's to embellish it.

sarah said...

That's so clever and enchanting. I hope you are feeling all better now. Warm hugs my dear xx

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

This is so sweet and so clever, dear Stephanie! I hope that you don't have to use it any time soon, though! Hugs xo Karen

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I have made these as gifts, too, Stephanie, and I need to make one for myself. I'm like you and have a little of the lining showing. Of course, yours is so pretty with the added embellishment, that is so YOU! Beautiful, sweet friend! Hugs and blessings!

handmade by amalia said...

Such a darling tissue holder, Stephanie, thanks for sharing the how-to.

Carla from The River said...

Hope your feeling better my friend.
Thank you for sharing the tutorial, what a sweet idea.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Such a darling, sweet tissue holder. I'm hoping you are much better now! ♥

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Oh so pretty.. .and using a vintage hankie is such a great idea. I have LOTS of them that were my mom's and would be nice to carry one in my purse! Love this tutorial... and will save it to my "wishes/to do list"!!! Sorry I'm so late commenting.. your post somehow ended up in my spam folder! Have a VERY nice weekend! xoxo Marilyn

Mary E. Stephens said...

This is so cute, and such an appropriate idea for upcycling a handkerchief! :-) I like it so well I'm planning to share the link on my blog in a couple week. Thank you! <3

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