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Tissue Box Cover

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  • 6x6 hoop
  • No-show mesh stabilizer for each block (4 pieces)
  • 1 piece Water Soluble stabilizer
  • 40 wt. Embroidery Thread (Robison-Anton)
  • Bosal In-R-Form (single sided fusible foam)
  • 90/14 Embroidery Needle
  • Sewing Machine with thread & matching bobbin
  • Embroidery Software (Embrilliance Essentials)
  • 1/2" double fold binding (1 yard)
  • Two 10"x10" complimentary fabric 1 (100% cotton)
  • Two 10"x10 contrast fabric 2 (100% cotton)
  • Two 10"x10" blender fabric 1 (100% cotton)
  • Two 10"x10" blender fabric 2 (100% cotton)
  • 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Air Erasable Marker pen
  • Applique Scissors

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Nautical Tissue Box Cover.  Project combines machine embroidery and sewing.  Basic sewing skills are needed to make this project.  The tissue box is made of five blocks.  Four of the blocks have applique on them.  The top of the box combines a rectangle with a nautical border to make the design.  An embroidery software program was used to merge the designs.  The nautical embroidery designs come in two sizes.  The largest size was used to make the blocks (approx. 5 1/16"x 5 1/16").   Bosal fusible foam was used to make the tissue box more durable and to give it more shape.

    Step 1:
    Two designs were combined to make the top of the tissue box cover.  Open the rectangle embroidery design on the embroidery software desktop.

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    Step 2:
    Open the anchor border embroidery file.  Merge or copy & paste the anchor border on each long side of the rectangle.  Save the design.

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    Step 3:
    Print a design template of each embroidery design.  Remember that the example uses the largest size file for the nautical blocks.  (5 1/16"x5 1/16").  The templates are an excellent placement and reference tool.

    Step 4:
    Gather the materials needed for this project.  Starch and iron fabric.  Read the directions before beginning.  Use a 90/14 embroidery needle.  

    Step 5:
    Cut two 10"x10" pieces of blender fabric 1.
    Cut two 10" x 10 pieces of blender fabric 2.
    Cut two 10" x 10" pieces of contrasting fabric.
    Cut two 10" x 10" pieces of complimentary fabric. 
    NOTE:  White blender fabric was also used in the project.   

    Step 6:
    Cut five pieces of the Bosal foam 7"x7".

    Step 7:
    Lay the bottom piece of your hoop on a flat surface.  Lay one piece of No-Show stabilizer over the hoop.  Center one piece of the Bosal foam (fusible side up) on top of the stabilizer.  Center one piece of printed fabric over the foam.  
    NOTE:  A 6"x6" hoop was used in the example.

    Step 8:
    Hoop all three pieces securely. 

    Step 9:
    Load the embroidery design.                    
    The first step in the design is the placement stitches for the printed fabric.  Stitch step 1.  This step normally is the placement stitch for fabric when appliqueing.  However, the fabric was hooped with the stabilizer. 
    Next stitch step 2.  This step is a tack down stitch.   But the fabric is already in place; so just do the stitches.  When appliqueing, you typically trim around the fabric after it is tacked down.  You will not be trimming the fabric for this part of the block.  The fabric will be used for side seams on the tissue box cover.
    Step 3:   Step 3 is the finishing stitches when appliqueing.  Stitch step 3.  
    NOTE:  I used the same color thread for steps 1, 2, & 3 for this part of the block.  

    Step 10:
    Steps 4,5, & 6 in the nautical blocks is appliqueing the blender fabric inside the first box.  You will follow the standard steps for appliqueing for this part of the block.  As a time saver, the same color thread was used for steps 4,5, & 6.  
    Step 4:  Stitch the placement stitches.  Place the blender fabric over the placement stitches.  Use a light mist of 505 Temporary Adhesive spray to secure the fabric in place.  

    Step 11:
    Step 5:   Stitch the tack down stitches.  Use applique scissors to trim close to the edge of the stitches being careful not to cut the stitches.  

    Step 12:
    Step 6:  Stitch the finishing stitches.  

    Step 13:
    Finish stitching the block.  Remove the hoop from the machine.  Remove the block from the hoop.  Set aside.  You have completed the Anchor Block.

    Step 14:
    Repeat this process for each side block. (Compass Block, Wheel Block, Boat Block, Anchor Block)
    Example of Compass Block 

    Step 15:
    Example of the Wheel Block.

    Step 16:
    Example of the Boat Block.

    Step 17:
    Begin making the Tissue Block top piece by fusing one piece of the Bosal foam to the wrong side of one piece of blender fabric.  Follow package directions to fuse the Bosal foam to the fabric.

    Step 18:
    Cut out the center of the rectangle being careful not to cut on the design line.  Center the design on the blender fabric that has the fused Bosal on it.  
    Use an air erasable marker to draw a rectangle about 1/4" from the  rectangle's sides.  Suggest using a ruler for more precise, straight lines  when drawing the rectangle.

    Step 19:
    Place a second piece of blender fabric with right side out on the back of the fabric.  Pin the pieces of fabric together.  Cut out the rectangle that you drew.  Both pieces will have a rectangle cut out of the center when finished.

    Step 20:
    Place the fabrics with right sides together.  Sew 1/4" seam around the rectangle.
    Clip the edges of the fabric along the seam lines.  Trim the fabric on the seam line to about 1/8". 

    Step 21:
    Pull the fabric through the opening.  

    Step 22:
    Pin and press.

    Step 23:
    Center the design template over the opening of the tissue box top.

    Step 24:
    Hoop one piece of Water-Soluble stabilizer.  Center the tissue box top fabric pieces in the hoop.  Lightly mist the stabilizer with 505 Temporary Adhesive spray.  Float the fabric on the stabilizer.  Pin for added stability.

    Step 25:
    Load the Tissue Box top design.  Stitch the design.  Remove the fabric from the hoop.  Trim the water-soluble stabilizer close to the stitching.  Follow package directions to remove the rest of the water-soluble stabilizer from the fabric.  
    NOTE:   A quick, easy way to remove the water-soluble stabilizer is to wet a paper towel.  Place the paper towel over the stabilizer.  Place a hot iron on the wet paper towel for a few seconds.  Repeat if all of the stabilizer is not gone.

    Step 26:
    Trim the nautical blocks leaving a 1" margin from the outer stitched square.  
    Use one of the nautical blocks as a pattern and trim the tissue box cover block.  Make sure to center the design on the tissue box cover before trimming. 

    Step 27:
    Sew the four nautical blocks together leaving about 1/8" from the embroidered stitches.   Make sure that the blocks are turned in the right direction before stitching.  Match the stitched corners of each block before stitching.  

    Step 28:
    Trim the seam lines to 1/4".

    Step 29:
    Turn the blocks wrong side out.  Place the tissue box top with wrong side of fabric up on top of the blocks.  Stitch one side at a time.  Pin one side in place.  Plan on leaving about 1/8" of space above embroidery block line after the seam is stitched.  You will not stitch 1/4" at the beginning or end of the seam in the corners.   This step will give the corners shape.  

    Step 30:
    Sew each seam.

    Step 31:
    Turn the tissue box right side out.  Shape the corners.  

    Step 32:
    If the tissue box is too tall for your needs, you can trim some from the bottom to make it shorter.  The example was trimmed to 1/2".  Use the 1/2" double border quilt binding to make a hem on the tissue box.  Pin the binding in place.  Stitch.

    Step 33:
    Great job!  What an accomplishment!  Happy Stitching!

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    Marisa Littleton 

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    Meet The Author: Marisa Littleton
    Marisa Littleton is a retired educator with a love for teaching and learning. Interests include machine embroidery, hand embroidery, quilting, cooking, and antiques.

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