5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Project Perfect for Stocking Stuffers & Fall Colds

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5 minute tissue holder sewing project would make a great teacher gift, stocking stuffer or handmade gift idea. A great fabric scrap project for cold & flu season.

2 weeks ago I was hanging out in Salt Lake City at the incredibly inspiring SNAP conference. I met so many incredible people and companies there. One of my favorite parts of SNAP was getting to try out the Baby Lock sewing machines in the Sewing Room. I made a couple of really fun projects in the sewing room and it was great chatting with other bloggers while we worked on a common project.

In one of my sewing classes they talked about how fabulous Baby Lock sergers are. I knew right away that I had to pop by Baby Lock’s booth and give it a try. At the booth I met Mike from My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shop. Mike was fabulous and sat me right down at a serger and taught me all about it. If I ever buy a serger, Baby Lock is the way I’m going to go. Mike explained that the machine I was using had automatic tension control and Jet Air threading. Threading and tension are two things that i’ve heard horror stories about when people chat about their sergers so I definitely think this is the machine for me.

Mike let me test the machine out by making a Kleenex Holder. It was a fast and easy project, made even easier using a serger. Unfortunately I don’t yet have a serger at home, so I thought I’d share with you how you can make a 5 Minute Kleenex Holder using a regular sewing machine.

This Kleenex Holder is also great for fall colds and would make a great stocking stuffer or teacher’s gift. I make sure that the kids and I always have one in our jacket pockets.

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This free Cricut Maker Sewing Pattern makes the cutest travel kleenex holders that take 5 minutes to make! Perfect for stocking stuffers and teacher gifts and other small handmade gifts! The perfect use for fabric scrap. Great for a beginner sewing project! #CricutMade #cricutmaker #sewing #crafts

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Project

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 1Step 1- Cut 5 pieces of fabric 4.5″X 6.5″

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 2Step 2- Fold and press 2 of your pieces of fabric length-wise (print facing out), two of your pieces of fabric width-wise (print facing out) and leave your 5th piece flat.

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 3Step 3. Lay your piece of fabric that you didn’t fold in half face side up on your table. Lay your four folded pieces out on top of the flat piece like you are closing a box. (Long piece, short piece, long piece, short piece. See pictures above and below). The raw edge of your folded fabric should be lined up with the raw edge of your flat fabric on all 4 sides. (AKA the folded edge of your fabric should be facing the middle on all 4 pieces.)

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 4

Step 4- When you have all four pieces laid out on top of your bottom piece, pin into place.

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 5

Step 5- Straight stitch around all 4 sides of your Kleenex Holder leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance.

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 6Step 6- Zig zag stitch around all 4 sides of your Kleenex holder trying to line up the inside part of your zig zag stitch as close to your straight stitch as possible.

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing TutorialStep 7- Trim excess corners and clip corners.

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 7Step 8- Flip right side out, and put your travel sized Kleenex pack inside.

5 Minute Kleenex Holder Sewing Tutorial 8Enjoy! These Kleenex holders make adorable gifts. They are perfect for school aged children to put in their back packs, women to put in their purses and would make really cute handmade teacher gifts as well!

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    1. Thank you so much Liz! This comment made my day. <3

      Best Wishes,


  1. Dee Cousins says:

    Your Tissue Holder is wonderful.. I don;t seem to hold onto them for long as all my friends want one, they love the ‘woven’ look. Made 10 up to now, and have to say you really have inspired me. I have not sewn in ages and it feels good. Thank you.

    1. Dee!!! I have tears in my eyes right now. Sometimes you wonder if anyone really cares about what you are spending so much time and effort on. Knowing that I inspired you to start sewing again feels so good. You are amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      Best Wishes,


  2. Just the type of simple and quick project I want to do. Such a great way to use up scraps that you don’t want to throw away.

  3. I had made one of your tissue holders for mom my last year when she was going through chemo. She asked me to make 15 for her this year so she could use them as stocking stuffers! I ended up putting a pocket on the back:)

    1. Ashlie, thank you os much for sharing your story with me! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment. What a perfect little gift to make for someone who is having chemo. I hope that your mom is doing better! I’d love to see a picture of your version with a pocket.

      Best Wishes,


  4. Linda Lambright says:

    I’m so glad that I found tissue holder project. I used to sew for teacher gifts, dance and holiday costumes, and crafty projects for my two daughters when they were growing up. I stopped when they left for college. Now I am a grandma, with my 3 year old grandson starting preschool this year. I’m going to make his teachers the tissue holders and I’m so excited to see what other projects you inspire me to make. Thank you for renewing my interest in seeing and crafting.

    Warm regards,


    1. Hi Linda,

      Thank you very much for your very kind comment. You are too sweet. I’m so happy that this project has renewed your interest in sewing and crafting. That’s our goal at Hello Creative Family– to inspire people to make things by hand so that their kids (and grandkids) see those they look up to being creative and in turn, want to be creative themselves. Thank you for sharing such a lovely example of this. Please let me know if you try any other projects or recipes! Our infinity scarves are another one that is very popular for gift giving! https://hellocreativefamily.com/tutorial-how-to-sew-an-infinity-scarf-30-minute-project/

      Best Wishes,


  5. hi..
    what is the size of the tissue package of kleenex you put in?

    1. Hi Yael,

      The kleenex packets I use are approximately 4.5″ by 2.25″. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best Wishes,


  6. Jessica Kazeno says:

    I just now finished making my first one of these to give to my aunt. I will be making many more in the near future. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hey! I really love the fabric that you used for this project. Where did you get it from??

  8. lori galbraith says:

    What an adorable little pouch and so handy.

  9. Lupe M Contreras says:

    I like your tissue holder pattern because the finished product doesn’t gap wide open. Looks neat. Thanks.

  10. Dee Jenkins says:

    Greetings! I have made many tissue holders in the past, but never this pattern. I am going to give this one a go. My question for you though, is WHY there is never a print feature on your pages, so that I can save this? I find that it discourages me from coming back often because I need to print the pattern out as my computer is down one end of a long house and my sewing room is at the other end. Is there a reason why you can’t put a print feature here on the page where your pattern is? For me, it’s liking trying to make a recipe. I keep coming back and forth from both ends of the house because I can’t keep the instructions in my head and I am not about to write it all down. Please consider, or if there is something that I am missing, please share with me how to do this! Thanks, ~Dee

    1. Hi Dee,

      Thank you so much for visiting Hello Creative Family and taking the time to leave a comment. I actually have started putting print options into my new posts, and am slowly working my way back through old posts and adding it in. The print function is through a plugin that I didn’t used to have. If you would like to send me a few projects you would like to try I can try to work on those ones first. Another option in the meantime would be to copy and paste the text into a word document, but I know that would probably be a pain.

      Thank you so much for your suggestion.

      Best Wishes,


  11. Deidre Jenkins says:

    Thank you Crystal. I appreciate this. It would be more of a pain for me because after buying the office disk, They wanted a subscription. I don’t have the money to support that every year. At least with the print feature, I am able to print into a pdf. I tried google docs, but that’s a pain too. I have gotten used to pdf’s now.

    1. Hi Deirdre,

      I completely understand. ๐Ÿ™‚ If there are any patterns you would like me to put on my priority list please let me know.

      Best Wishes,


  12. Miss Garcia says:

    This. Is. Absolutely. Amazing!!!
    I’ve been wanting to get into sewing, and this simple yet adorable project doesn’t seem too hard to follow, even for a total newbie like me. I hope to get around to it soon. Thank you!!!