A two-sided tissue holder pouch is perfect for cold and flu season. One side can hold a pack of tissues, the other side can hold a mini bottle of sanitizer and a lip gloss! Watch our video tutorial or scroll down for a step by step photo tutorial!
This post was originally shared in 2017 and has been updated to include a video.
Watch our step by step video!
With cold and flu season approaching I decided to make some little tissue pouches to put in the kid’s backpacks and one for my purse. They all like the single sized tissue packs, but they don’t always hold up well being tossed around in a bag with books and binders.
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How to sew a two-sided tissue holder for your purse or backpack.
- Fabric Scraps
- Measuring Tape
- Tissue Pouch (2×4.5″) (affiliate)
- PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer
- Lip gloss, optional
fabric tissue holder Instructions.
1. Cut your fabrics. You will need 1 main fabric for the body and 1 contrasting fabric for the pocket.
Body: (cut 2) 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″
Pocket: (cut 1) 4″ x 7 1/2″
Seam allowance 1/4″
5. Pin sides and stitch both sides closed, leaving the top and bottom open.
7. Press seams flat.
9. Fold the top down 1 3/4″.
12. Stitch sides closed and trim close to seam.
13. Turn right side out.
You’re going to love this double-sided tissue holder so much you’ll want to make a few more to keep on hand for gifts!
This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of Purel and contains affiliate links. This post is a refresh of my original tutorial, first shared in 2015.
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Theresa @DearCreatives says
Seriously love the double sided tissue pouch! I need to make mine like these. Pinning for later.
Thank you, Theresa! They are so fun to make!
Candice Schenk says
Really cute ideas!! I love that the tissue holder has a pocket!
Thanks so much Candice!
Thankyou so much. I’ve been thinking about these for a while and sometimes my brain doesn’t let me come to a conclusion. So beautifully explained.
This is such a cool idea! I love that it’s a multi-purpose pouch 🙂
Edye // Gracefulcoffee
Thank you, Edye! They are fun to make!
Organized 31 says
What an adorable and entirely useful sewing project. Can’t wait to give it a try. Congrats, you’re featured this week at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.
Wow, thank you so much!
PERFECT for us germ-a-phobes!!! Pretty, fast, and useful–can’t beat that!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Janet Vinyard says
Cute idea! I’ve made a fabric tissue case before but not with a pocket! I look forward to trying this one! Blessings, Janet
very cute love how they are created makes it easy to carry items without a large bag.
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CJ Huang says
Love how you’ve got these doublesided! So convenient to keep a few things together. 🙂
This is very awesome. I love the colors, too. Pinned to Pinterest. Best wishes for a wonderful summer, Linda @Crafts a la mode
Living in Mommywood says
I love your shares! Found you on Creative link 🙂 Great and compact for easy access and carry along.
Awww, this is adorable–thanks so much for sharing 🙂 I love a cute and creative idea that doesn’t look TOO terribly challenging (as I am not the biggest DIY’r!). Following over from SITS Sharefest and hope you’re enjoying the weekend 🙂
Ana from The Lost Apron says
I love what you have done to make this simple project multi-functional. I think that tissue packs are one of the gateway projects in learning to sew. I have found you on Inspire Me Monday/Create with Joy. See my post on How to Run Your Own Summer Sewing Camp: http://www.thelostapron.com/2016/07/sewing-camp.html
Really cute!Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Pinned! Have a great week!
You’re so talented and you always make everything look so easy! 🙂
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Mary Jo Munsey-Tyree says
Such a great Christmas gift for all of the girls in the club.
Super cute! Great gift idea for anyone on your list. Visiting from Happiness Is Homemade party.
Adorable! Great way to use up scraps! I’ll be making one!
Love this idea! Thanks for the tutorial!
Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing and Crafting says
Cute and convenient idea! Pinning! 🙂 Lisa
Katharine in Brussels says
Just made two for my dogwalking friends – with a loop of twill tape at the top to clip to the leash. Very cute! There’s space for tucking in a doggie doo bag next to the hand sanitizer.
What a great idea! Love that. I may have to make another to take with us for our doggie too!
What size sanitizer, mine atrent coming out right. Having a get together with 13 friends and ive made 4 and made them a tad bigger butthe back is split open, doesnt look good.
Hi Debbie! The ones I used are only about 2 1/2″ tall. They aren’t the ones that hang from a purse or fit into the silicone carriers that you can find. It was even smaller and I found them at Walmart in the travel section a couple of years ago. Do the ones you have fit without a lip gloss in the pouch too or not at all?
Hi, in step 6 you say to turn right side out before pressing seams. However, at the end you are told to turn right side out! So do you turn it wrong side out before completing the final steps after pressing the seams? I love the pouch, have started to make it but its so unclear at the end. As a beginner I find it very frustrating when tutorials are not clear enough. Please help!
In step 5 you will see that the tissue pouch is inside-out. In step 6 you turn it right side out. Then iron the side seams.
Now it’s time to fold it to create the pouch which will essentially make it inside-out again after you make those folds.
In the last photo after it has been folded and the side seams have been stitched you will see that it needs to be turned right side out again.
Hope that helps!
Thank you for your reply! I went ahead anyway & turned it inside out. It went in the bin. I’ll give it another go, now its clearer ?
I absolutely love this. This is my first thing to hand sew and it wad so easy. I will definately be using thos at school ✔✅☑
Yay! I’m so glad!
Thank you for posting this project! I made 4 of them this morning and featured it on my homeschooling blog! I linked to your page, of course! Thank you for sharing!
I made one and it turned out really great!
I’m so glad! They are very useful little things!
So cute I love it! This would be so handy for the kids for their backpacks. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week!
C. Bosmans says
I find the directions very confusing. Hard to tell from the pictures which sides are finished.I am on my second try and still not right. Apparently Ive sewed the wrong sides. I know thus should be very simple but the directions need to be more specific. I.e. .long side or shirt side.
I’m sorry that you find them confusing. I’ve gone over them and am not sure how to simplify them more, but if you watch the photos you will see the placement of pocket when you are folding the top and bottom of the pouch. Keep an eye on the pocket piece to make sure your pouch looks like mine before sewing the sides. Hopefully, that helps!
C. Bosmans says
Finally figured it out. The next one should be a piece if cake. Thank you for the pattern.
Oh, good!! I’m so glad.
Kathy French says
Great tutorial but I think the pocket measurements are off. My pocket ended up an inch down from the top – Not like the photo. I checked both the video and page measurements before starting. I think I”ll try again with a 3 x 7 1/2 pocket.
Thank you for a great idea! Making a bunch for friends and relatives.
I made 30 of them and they came together very nicely. Great project! Thank you so much!
Do you sell these already made?
Hi Stephanie, I actually don’t, but I’ve had several readers ask for permission to sell them on Etsy. So I think you might be able to find some on there using my pattern!
I think the final measurement should be 3.5″ instead of 3″‘. If I do 3″ it overlaps….However, I did the 3.5″ ….it’s very cute and I’m planning on making them as gifts for a retreat…
Hi Phyllis! It is supposed to overlap 🙂 Have fun at your retreat!
Hi, I love this pattern and made 7 for Christmas gifts last year! I’m making more this year for my Bible study class, but I have a question: what type of tissues in the travel packs did you use, that they pop out like that? The only ones I can find are folded in the pack and don’t come out like the one in your pictures. This is a great pattern, and I know I’ll be using it many times!
Hi Donna! I pulled the tissue out so that it would be visible in the photo. They didn’t pop out like that on their own, but for photo purposes (so that the reader could tell what the pouch was for) I gently pulled one out. So the ones you bought are the same ones that I have!
These are so quick and easy to put together and sew. What took most of the time was me trying to decide what fun fabrics I wanted to use.! Thanks for sharing this pattern
Same! Haha, deciding on the fabric is the hardest part! So glad they turned out for you!
Thank you so much for the pattern and great instructions. I can’t wait to pick out some cute scraps and get started.
Yay! They are so perfect for cold and flu season—and a great way to use up fabric scraps. Win win!
Yay, I think I found my daughters COVID approved Christmas gifts! She is so excited to make these!
Yay! They’ve always been a hit for teacher gifts for us!
Jacalyn Cummings says
I am confused in my attempt to make the double sided tissue holder. In step 4 your instructions say to place the 2nd body piece (right side down) on top of the 1st body piece and the pocket. Then you are to
sew the side seams only and then turn the project inside out. Once you turn it inside out, only the right sides of the fabric on both body pieces should be showing. However, in step 8 you are showing the wrong side of the fabric when the right side should be showing. This is the point at which I am confused. In step 4, should the 2nd body fabric piece be placed with the right side up so when you turn it at the end, the right side shows?
Hi Jacalyn! In step 8, only the right sides of the fabric are showing. Have you watched the step by step video? It’s a much better explanation of the process than the tutorial if you are a visual learner like me!
Thank you for this idea! I have so many hand sanitizers and I wasn’t sure what to do, now I have a plan. You saved the day(year)!
Awesome! Glad to help! 🙂