Tissue Traveler


  • Fabric square 10 x 10 inches or a 10-inch quilt block*
  • Piece of medium weight fusible interfacing or lightweight fusible wadding 10 x 10 inches.
  • 60 cm (¾yd.) bias binding
  • 18cm (7 inch) zip
  • Lining fabric 9 x 9 inches
  • Thread to match the fabrics
  • Pencil & ruler
  • General sewing supplies

* You can use any suitable 10-inch square piece or a quilt block such as a crazy block. Why not explore your artistic side and create your own embellished piece.

Finished Size

9 x 4½ inches

Skill Level


You can download a pdf copy of the original pdf instructions for this project here, Tissue Traveler

Making your Tissue Traveler

  1. Iron the fusible interfacing onto the back of the fabric square or quilt block.
  2. Cut the bias binding into two equal lengths and attach them to two opposite edges of the square by placing the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the square matching the edges as shown. Stitch in the crease of the binding.
    Attaching the binding to the wrong side
    Attaching the binding to the wrong side

    Fold the binding over to the right side to encase the edges and stitch on the right side close to the fold so that the binding is on show. Trim the ends.
    Attaching the binding to the right side
    Attaching the binding to the wrong side

    Repeat on the opposite edge of the square with the second piece of bias binding.
  3. Fold the lining piece in half and press to mark the fold. Draw a line on the wrong side 7 1/2 inches long (the length of the zipper teeth plus 1/2 inch) centered along this fold. Draw a second line 1/4inch below this line, parallel and equal to it. Join the ends of the lines to make a long rectangle.
  4. With right sides together, pin the lining piece to the square so that the top edge of the lining lies 1 1/2 inches above the bound edge of the square. Make sure that the piece is centered.
  5. Using a short length stitch, machine the square and the lining together around the marked rectangle. It’s a good idea to begin stitching in the centre of one of the long edges and overstitching for an inch to secure the ends.
  6. Stitch the slot for the zip
    Stitch the slot for the zip

  7. Using sharp scissors, cut between the stitched lines, stopping 1/4inch from either end. Carefully snip into each of the four corners taking care not to cut the stitching.
  8. Cut slot for zip
    Cut slot for zip

  9. Press the long seams open and turn the lining fabric through the “hole” so that it is on the wrong side of the square. Press the edges of the rectangle to form a letterbox style gap.
  10. With the right side up, place the zip underneath the square so that the teeth of the zip sit inside the gap with the slider on top. Pin the zip in place and stitch around the edges using a zipper foot to get close to the edge.
  11. Attach the zip
    Attach the zip

  12. Working from the wrong side, fold the top edge of the lining over the zip to form the pocket. Pin the lower edge and sides of the lining together. Stitch around the three sides making sure you include the ends of the zip tape but not the main fabric.
  13. Fold the square to form the tissue holder
    Fold the square to form the tissue holder

  14. Mark the centres of the two unbound edges of the square. With right sides together fold one of the bound edges to meet the centre points at both ends. Similarly fold the second bound edge so that the bindings overlap. Stitch both ends with a generous 1/4 inch seam.
  15. Stitch the ends
    Stitch the ends

    Trim the ends of the seam allowances diagonally. Turn the piece to the right side. Place a wad of tissues from a regular pack into the holder and use the pocket to store extra items.

    Your tissue traveler is complete!

    Tissue Traveler side
    Tissue Traveler

    Published with kind permission from Brenda Dean. © Quilters Pty. Ltd. 2010. More lovely patterns available from www.quiltersinternational.co.uk