Now that you have made your reusable tissues, you would certainly like to know how to make them into beautiful dispenser boxes, similar to the disposable cardboard boxes of paper tissues.
I made 2 formats of boxes for our personal use: a standard format, which is perfect for leaving everywhere in the house, and even in the car; and another pocket, which will be used in a school bag, a satchel or in your pockets. The first type can contain up to thirty tissues, and the second about 5.
In both cases, you can fold the handkerchiefs so that they follow each other when you take one, as with paper handkerchiefs. Folding instructions are at the end of the article.
First step: choose the fabric
For the box to stand well, it is preferable to have a rather rigid fabric, of good thickness:
You can match the fabrics according to your tastes and decor.
Second step: cut the fabrics
You can use just one fabric for the whole box, or use contrasting stripes for the opening. I favored the second option for ours, but the confection is similar in both cases. The diagram below shows you the pieces of fabric to cut and the dimensions, depending on the model you have chosen to make. They are all rectangles, to be cut along the straight grain of the fabric.
Third step: assembly
Folding the tissues in the box
Basically, we place the handkerchiefs alternately, offset by half, and we fold one over the other. It will be easier to understand in pictures.
…And so on until the desired number of tissues in your box. For pocket size boxes, the handkerchiefs are first folded in 2. Then, we make our stack by folding each handkerchief in 3, always alternating left and right. We therefore make 2 folds, we place the 2nd handkerchief which we fold 2 times, we fold the last third of the first over the 2nd, and so on.
We finish by placing our tissues in the box like this:
Enjoy your beautiful new boxes of tissues!
If you would like to have your boxes made by Taille & Retailles, rather than making them yourself, contact me privately for the cost and the choices of fabrics available.
Other articles on the subject:
Tutorial: Reusable Handkerchiefs Made from Recycled Fabric - Part 1 of 2: Jersey (Knit) Fabric
Tutorial: Reusable Tissues Made from Recycled Fabric - Part 2 of 2: Woven Fabric