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Many years ago, when we took the trip of a lifetime to Tokyo, I was mesmerized by everything. I had never been to the orient and found everything Japanese to be astounding.

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One souvenir I bought was a cute purse-pack tissue holder. In the back of my mind, I always knew that I could make these myself. This summer, I finally sat down and made several of them as gifts for my nieces, all of whom have birthdays in the same month.

This is a very simple project, and you can even make it by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.

Materials:

  • fabric scraps
  • double-fold bias tape (optional, for bordering the pouch opening)
  • thread
  • scissors
  • iron-on decals (optional, for decoration)
  • purse pack of tissue

Instructions:

  • Cut fabric into a 7×5 rectangle.
  • Cut two pieces of the bias tape into 5 inches.

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  • Open the bias tape and pin it down to the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Sew to one short end of fabric, using the crease in the tape as a guide.
  • Flip the bias tape to the right side of fabric, pin and sew in place.
  • Fold the fabric, wrong side out, placing the two pieces of bias tape side by side.
  • Pin in place and sew 1/4 inch seam across each  short end.
  • Clip corners.

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  • Turn right side out, insert a tissue pack, and embellish with an iron-on decal for a personal touch.

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There’s so much you can do to individualize each one. Use ric-rac or lace on the opening. Embroider an initial or name. Quilt it. It’s a fun, easy project, and you can make several of them in a few hours.

Have a great week, my friends! xo

 

 

 

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