Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tissue boxes to shine!

I got to gift these to my friends yesterday so I can finally post. Yay! The 'Shine' pattern is from Sew Ichigo shop, owned by uber talented Kerry and Penny, where you can find the cutest paper-piecing patterns possible! The actual pattern is 6" square finished, but I had to distort just a tiny bit to get it to the right size for one side of a Kleenex tissue box. 

I love this pattern so much. It had been such a long time since I got to work on very intricate paper-piecing patterns and forgot the joy of working with teeny tiny pieces and seeing how they can SHINE :)

How I made it is basically the same way I made this tutorial (Goodness it is over 10 years old! LOL!), but I made the hole on the top a round shape, and also used two thin (like 1/4") elastics to two opposite sides rather than having one thick elastic in the middle.(Well, I made it that way first and it turned out it doesn't work for this smaller Kleenex box) So there were a lot of trial and error as I worked on it and I can still think of a few things I could have done differently, but I guess that is what I can say about all my projects, haha. 

Sewing gifts for friends who can sew anything can be tricky. You know they probably have plenty pouches, potholders, pincushions... so I had to think of something they are likely to not have yet and also could use an extra even if they already have it.

I'll have to make one for my living room for sure. This Shine pattern makes me very happy.

This is one of Dresden photo frames I made for a Japanese magazine more than 5 years ago. (Blogged about here.) I have had many kind requests to make it into a pattern and I am finally, finally, putting it together and is almost done! Once it is ready, I will have it available in my shop and will come back to blog about it!

Thank you for reading this! Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Such pretty tissue boxes and the photo frame is beautiful! ❤️

  2. Good to see you back! I look forward to seeing your new projects!

    1. Thank you Terri! It sure has been so nice to be back to sewing!

  3. Ayumi, I am always thinking about you. I am glad you are sharing on your blog.
    BOTH of my daughters have two girls each now and my younger daughter is expecting a BOY (3rd baby) in February 2020. They are always busy.
    Your tissue box covers are adorable. I love this.
    The photo frame is adorable of course. I would love to make both of these x2 for my daughers
    I love you dear friend

    1. Thank you, Rosemary! How wonderful your daughter is expecting her third baby! I am sure they are all very busy but are enjoying the time also!
      These tissue box covers are a lot of fun. I think I may make these for gifts often now.

  4. good job on the boxes, they turned out well! Hankie boxes are not all the same shape and size, tricky on the calculations. and a very cute photo frame, good luck with the pattern.


    1. Hi AJ!
      I agree that hankie boxes (I love that you call them that way!) are tricky because they are all in different sizes! I realized several brands have the exact same sized boxes so I went ahead and did some math to fit those boxes! Sure wish it was universal!


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