I have been so under the weather lately, that I have not been able to muster up a blog post in the last month. I am finally on the mend, so to pay homage to my month long nasty little bug, here is a pretty tissue holder tutorial. And, oh yes, there is an embroidery design included – click here to download.
Here’s what you need:
Large hoop 9.5"x6" (240x150mm)
10” x 14” strip of linen or cotton/linen blend
5 1/2” x 7 1/2” strip of cotton solid or print
Tear away stabilizer
40wt rayon thread in desired colors
Embroidery bobbin thread
Cotton thread to match
Fade away marker
Make the heart label if desired. The instructions for the label are included with the embroidery design download here.
Hoop the linen and stabilizer. Select the tissue holder designs and stitch out the first color. This outlines the outer edge of the tissue holder.
Stitch out the next color. This stitches the pink foliage. Once the stitching is complete, trim the jump stitches. I keep a lint roller handy to pick up all the little bits of thread.
Stitch the next color. This stitches the green stems.
Place the 5 1/2” x 7 1/2” strip of cotton overtop of the embroidery, with right sides facing. Line up the 5 1/2” edges with the stitching at the top and lower edges of the embroidery. Use clear tape to hold in place. Yes, this piece is larger than the outline in the hoop – that’s OK.
Thread on top with the matching cotton thread, leaving the embroidery bobbin thread in the bobbin. Increase the top tension as for normal. Stitch out the final color. This stitches the cotton fabric onto the embroidery. Once the embroidery is completed, remove the fabric from the hoop and trim along the outline stitching.
Press the seams flat to set the stitches. Turn to the right side. The excess fabric wraps around to the front and looks like binding. If the fabric does not sit flat. Turn to the wrong side again and trim the seams just enough to make the strip sit nice and flat. You’ll know what I mean once you actually stitch this out. Oh, and you can stitch-in-the-ditch if you like.
Find and mark the center points on both sides of the embroidered strip. I used a couple of pins to mark the center points. Baste the label in place. I did not add my initials to my label that’s why the back is blank.
Fold the ends in to the center, with right sides facing. Pin in place to hold.
Using a seam/overcast stitch on your sewing machine a a 4-thread seam on your serger, stitch the sides.
Turn to the right side. Gently push out the corners and press.
Tuck a few tissues inside and voila!