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Archive for Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Craft not quite cure for common cold, but cute

February 11, 2009

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Cold season is here, which means children are arriving home from school with sniffles and sneezes along with empty lunch boxes and homework. These little tissue cozies are a cute way to wish classmates a Happy Valentine’s Day while boosting the odds that they’ll keep their germs to themselves.

Depending on how far you want to carry the theme, attach a card with the following message:

“Knock, knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Ah-choo!”

“Ah-choo who?”

“Ah-choose YOU for my Valentine!”

Grown-ups may gag at the punny sentiment, but at least a tissue will be close at hand.

These little tissue cozies are a cute way to wish classmates a Happy Valentine’s Day while boosting the odds that they’ll keep their germs to themselves.

Materials:

• Cotton fabric for outside of tissue cozy

• Cotton fabric for inside of tissue cozy and the trim along the edges of the cozy’s opening

• Mini package of tissues (measurements below are based on Kleenex or CVS brand)

• Needle and thread, or sewing machine

• Iron

Instructions:

Figuring out the measurements on your own may look complicated, but in the end, you’re cutting two rectangles and sewing four straight lines. That’s it. All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.

• Cut a 6 1/2-by-6 1/4-inch rectangle from the outside fabric. (If you’re using a different tissue brand, cut a rectangle as if you were wrapping the tissue package like a present. The first measurement is the distance around the package, the second is the length of the package plus a bit more to cover the height.)

• Cut a 7 1/2 by 6 1/4-inch rectangle from the inside/trim fabric. (For other brands, use the same width from step 1 and add 1 inch to the length)

• With the patterned sides together, sew the outside fabric to the inside fabric along one short end of the rectangles.

• Keeping the patterned sides together, line up the opposite short ends and sew, forming a tube of fabric.

• Turn the tube patterned side out and press, centering the outside fabric. You should now have a flattened rectangle, open at the top and bottom, with narrow strips of the inside fabric on either short end.

• Fold the short sides of rectangle in until they meet in the center. Press.

• Sew along the raw edges at the top and bottom.

• Turn right side out and insert tissue pack.

• Make card, if desired, and attach with ribbon.

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