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Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Tissue Box Cover Pattern


US size F crochet hook
1/2 to 1 skein knitted worsted weight yarn, smaller amounts for flowers and leaves
Tapestry needle for sewing seams and flowers/leaves/buttons on
Buttons or embellishments of choice

Long Sides and Top (for one cover make 2 of these).
Chain 41.
Row 1:: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across row to end (39 stitches). Chain 1, turn.
Row 2 to 17 :: Repeat row 1.
Row 18 :: Single crochet in BACK LOOP ONLY across row. Chain 1 turn.
Row 19 to 27 :: Single crochet across row and chain 1 at end of row, turn. 
Row 28-33 :: These next 6 rows are the short rows, you single crochet in top of next 7 stitches, chain 1, turn, and repeat this for the next 5 rows. Leave about 5-6 inch tail of yarn for sewing seam.

Short Sides (for one cover make 2 of these)
Chain 23.
Row 1 :: Single crochet in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across row to end (21 stitches). Chain 1, turn.
Row 2-17 :: Repeat row 1. Leave length of yarn for sewing this piece to larger top sections.







When sewing the 4 pieces together you start with the 2 larger pieces. Below I have drawn a sad diagram but it should give you the main idea of what I am talking about.


The short tails of yarn are used to sew up the short seams on the top of the cover. If your sewing is not perfect don't worry, you can always hide those seams when attaching some crocheted flowers. I usually sew the side panels on next starting with seaming at the top and then sew down the sides. You can make any kind of flowers you want. I made the first cover before Christmas for my mom with crocheted flowers and used small fabric yo-yos for the centers held down with French knots made of yarn. I have made 4 more including the 2 shown in this post, but used yellow or orange buttons for the centers of the crocheted flowers. Mom's had a few different flowers from the book "200 Crocheted Flowers, Embellishments & Trims" by Claire Crompton. The flowers I made for the rest was a simple chain 4, join to form ring, single crochet in ring, *chain 2, double crochet in ring twice, chain 2, single crochet in ring*, repeat from * to * until there are 5 petals. Leave tail to sew button and flower to top. Make sure the needle you use will fit through button holes. Secure to top and place as many flowers as you want on the top. Leaves are just random patterns from books on hand. It is wise to have a tissue box handy to help ensure the cover will fit properly. I am a tight crocheter, this worsted weight yarn was rather skimpy and just a glorified heavier sport weight if you ask me. You may have to adjust yarn or size hook. Any questions, just ask. I'll be more than glad to help. If I get too many questions I will do a tutorial. Have fun.
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5 comments:

  1. Susanne, those really came out really cute. I bet your mom will love it! That's nice of you to write that out for others. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. I really like that Susanne - it's very pretty. Thanks for sharing your pattern with us. :)

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  3. Thank you for commenting Teresa. I made mom a yellow one for Christmas. Then she called and wanted me to make 2 more for her to give as gifts. Then again she called and wanted 2 more to gift people with, so in total I have made 5. I never planned on making more than just the one. They are a fun, quick make. I hope the pattern is easy enough to follow for anyone wanting to make one.
    Susanne :)

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  4. I really love your blog so much and I follow your writing regulary. You handcrafting is so inspiring, the pictures wonderful and your writing so heartwarming.
    All the best wishes from Germany
    Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina. I am so glad you visit my blog and enjoy reading my posts. Thank you for commenting to let me know this. It has made my day and makes me happy to know people are inspired and are following me. I see I can add another blessing to my life. You are always welcome to visit, anytime.
      Susanne :)

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