Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Couch Tissue Box Cover

I saw these Couch Tissue Box Covers online here and wanted to make one just like it for my husband but then decided to make one with some cute fabric for my first try. It turned out so cute. Not perfect on the first try but pretty good!!!
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Here’s the tutorial so you can make one too!!!
Materials
1- Tissue Box 160ish count 2-ply (if you use a different size box you’ll need to adjust the size of the squares).
1- Fat Quarter (if using a material that’s print isn’t just random all directions then you will need to get 2 fat quarters or a 10” x 45” piece of fabric to make sure the print goes the same way).
1- Fat Quarter of a different color/pattern to make the pillows and ruffle.
1- 3ft long strip of Velcro (I used a 3/4” wide and cut it in half)
1- A little bit of stuffing
Directions
Cut:
1) 9” x 10 1/4” rectangle (top/front)
1) 4.5” x 10” rectangle (back)
2) 5 3/4” x 4.5” rectangle (sides)
or you could cut one rectangle that is 19” x 4.5” instead of having separate back and side pieces.
1) 4” x 46ish” strip (ruffle)
4) 3” x 3” squares (pillows)
2) Couch back pattern
Here’s everything you should have (if doing separate back and side pieces) except the pillows:
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To start off sew the side pieces to the back piece with right sides together like this using a 1/2” seam allowance (skip this step if you made the 19”x 4.5” piece) :
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Then sew the Couch back pieces together using a 1/4” seam allowance leaving an opening in the bottom.
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Trim the corners and make slits in the curves. Then turn it right sides out.
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Lay the couch back onto the back/side piece you just stitched together. Using a 1/4” seam allowance baste it in place except where you left the opening in the couch back piece (you still need to stuff the couch back piece but it’s easier to sew when it’s unstuffed).
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Then take the top/front piece and sew a 4” long button hole centered about 2” from the 10” side. Picture 011
Now center the 10” side of your t0p/front piece to your back/side piece right sides together. Start stitching on one side of the opening in the couch back piece. You will stitch around the top/front piece moving the back/side piece to wrap around the corners of the top/front piece until you reach the other 10” edge of the top/front piece. Once you’ve done one side repeat starting at the other end of your opening and doing the same. ** YOU SHOULD STILL HAVE AN OPENING SO YOU CAN STUFF THE COUCH BACK PIECE**
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This video shows how to maneuver around the corner. I hope it helps. (I don’t do any talking in it and I knock the camera over once but this is the first time I’ve made a video and will hopefully do much better in the future).
Now stuff the couch back piece and then stitch it closed.
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Fold the bottom edge of your couch over and stitch it to finish the edges. Now your couch is done if you have a 160 count tissue box. If you have a larger 230 count box then you can make the ruffle attachment so you can use the couch on either size of box.
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Ruffle instructions:
Take your ruffle strip and fold it in half right sides together. Then baste stitch about 1/4” from raw edges. Pull one string on each end to gather the piece until it is about 28 1/2” long. Tie a little knot in the ends of the strings you were just pulling so the ruffle doesn’t come out. Now Stitch the two ends together forming a circle.
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Now attach the hook portion (rough part) of your Velcro to the outer raw edge of your ruffle and attach the hook portion (soft part) to the inside bottom edge of your couch cover. **I started sewing the Velcro on and then trimmed the excess off once I got close to where I had started.**
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Pillows
I then decided to add some pillows that matched the ruffles. Basically sew the 3” x 3” square pieces together with right sides together but leave an opening. Turn right sides out, stuff and hand stitch the opening closed.
Now you have a couch complete with ruffles and pillows!!!
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** Can also be used as a couch for Barbie dolls just don’t make the button hole. My daughter loves the couch so I will probably make one to the scale to fit a matchbox for her dollhouse.**
I would love to see some pictures of the items you’ve made from my tutorials. Feel free to send me an e-mail or link up to my Krafty Moment Mondays which will be starting again on January 11th!!!


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12 comments:

Loren, Matt & Kaine said...

These are SO cute! I love the fabric that you choose! It is such a lovely idea and it would add the little something to such a boring box! Plus, if you are sick it may brighten your day!

rebecca said...

Get out that is too cute!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

so fun!

fawnda said...

Love it! Love it! Love it! I love the fabric!

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Andy Porter said...

um...can you please make me a real couch cover that is that stinking cute!

bed frame said...

This is so cute. I really love the whole idea. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial. I love that there are videos. Do you have a template for the couch back section? I didn't see it.
Thanks.
marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Help ! Can you explain why the back portion of the couch is on the fold and why there are two of them ? I am so confused. Thank you.

Marilyn said...

I'm just as confused. I have no idea why I put on the fold in there. Can I blame it on "Mom"nesia, LOL! Don't worry about it being on the fold you just need 2 of the couch back piece. Oh, and apparently I never added the couch back pattern piece onto the blog. I'll have to find it and add it! Thanks for pointing this out to me!

Beeshebags said...

Hi, great tutorial.....thank you for sharing it, did you happen to find the template for the back of the couch yet please?

Hugs
Noami

Anonymous said...

Did you ever post the template or at least the dimensions for the back?

 

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