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Pattis Tissue Cover

Saturday, December 26th, 2015
Pattis Tissue Cover

Pattis Tissue Cover

I saw this idea on Pinterest and bought a downloadable pattern. ¬†I didn’t like the way it was put together, so figured out one for myself.

This covers the square tissue box.  The first thing you need to do is measure your tissue box.  Mine is 6-inches tall by 4 1/2-inches wide.

You’ll need 1/2-yard printed fabric, 1/4-yard fusible fleece, 2-yards trim, threads to match, rotary ruler, cutter and matt.

Optional – rubber stamps

For the top cut two pieces of non-backed fabric 5-inches square.  Fold each in half and press with an iron.

For the tissue cover sides measure a piece of fusible fleece 20-inches long by 6-inches high. ¬†Iron this to the wrong side of your chosen fabric. ¬†Cut 4 sides from this 6-inches high by 5-inches wide. ¬†Cut another 4 sides from the same fabric. ¬†This isn’t fused, just plain.

For the pockets you’ll need to cut 4 pieces of fabric 9-inches high by 5-inches wide. ¬†Fold each in half and press with an iron. ¬†Add embellishments before attaching to PattisTissueCover2the sides. ¬†I stamped some of my rubber stamps onto flesh colored fabric and colored them. ¬†I then fused them to the pockets and stitched around them so that they would be permanent. ¬†I then added trim along the top of each pocket.

Next sew the pockets to the 6×5-inch tops that have been fused with the fleece.

Machine sew the trim to the tissue tops Рthe two 5-inch squares that were folded in half.  I stitched around these so that they would stay together before sewing the sides to the top.

The next step is to sew the sides to the top. ¬†As you do this, right sides together, leave 1/4-inch on each end. ¬†You’ll see why when the sides are then sewn together to create the box shape. ¬†You will now have something that looks like the photo on the right.PattisTissueCover3

Sew each side together, starting at the bottom and machine sewing up to the top.  I back-stitch as I start and as I end.

Sew the 4 other 6×5-inch pieces together. ¬†Turn the box right side out and pin the lining along the bottom edge.

Machine sew in place.  Turn this to the inside and press flat.  Also,  you canPattisTissueCover4 iron a quarter inch hem along the top as it will be hand sewn to the inside top of the tissue cover.

That is it!  Really simple and a quick project to make as gifts.   These are especially suitable for people in nursing homes where extra space is often limited.  They can keep their reading glasses, remote control for their tv, pencils, a small note pad, etc. in the pockets.  Plus they have a nice cover for a box of tissues.PattisTissueCover5

Have fun making these and send me pictures!

If you like using rubber stamps I have several available on my website. ¬†They’ll be there until the shopping cart goes away at the end of February.


Doll makers checking in

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I love it when people send me photo's of dolls they have made based on my patterns or books.  EmilyBeckettsgroupie dolls,BobDylan,JimHendrix,BeatlesEmily Beckett made these three dolls for a project at school.  She won highest marks, and rightly so.  Emily finished high school in Australia last year and topped the state in textiles and design as "The most creative and innovative" with her Major in textiles work.  These three are "groupies" of major 60's musicians Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles.  She also wanted them to represent the civil rights movement, anti-war protests and the sexual revolution.  I think she hit that nail on the head.

After taking a couple crazy patch workshops with Gloria McKinnon, who also lives in Australia, I have started working on my own.  I'm teaching my Japanese Ladies in Waiting at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Charlotte next week and decided to do a crazy patch quilt block to show them what else they can do with the design.  Originally, it was designed to add to my Tome.

JapaneseLadiesinWaitingFinished2 I still have trims and handwork to do, but wanted to share some of what I'm up to.  In class we'll paint the ladies, using fun paints and Pearl EX powders to add shading and highlights.  This block will go with the block I created for last weeks class on Shiva Paintstiks.

GeishaInTrg14 As you can see, I've used some of the same fabrics.  This way I can eventually put them together, along with other blocks I create and make a quilt. 

Yes.  I do make a few quilts every so often.  I'm behind in making quilts for my grandchildren.  That is on the calendar for this summer.

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Today, my sister and I hosted a Mad Hatter Tea Party.  I had read about hosting such a party in the Hallmark magazine (which is no longer published, unfortunately).  We had so much fun preparing for the party.
MadHatterTea1 We woke up to a surprise, though.  It was raining!  It never rains in sunny California.  Or, that is how the song goes.  But, never fear.  John ran out and got plastic to cover the patio roof (it is normally a lattice.  Lots of holes), and we busily decorated.

Those of you who know how Chapter 7 in the book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" starts know the table is correct.  It just isn't under a tree.  The first line of the chapter says "there was a long table set out under a tree….."

Our table was long and with lanterns and flowers, along with mismatched china and silverware we had quite a festive looking table.

Everyone arrived with fun hats, that was a requirement, and dressed in typical "tea" clothes.  I had set up a table inside with stuff to decorate hats if needed.  We didn't let the dampness slow us down.  We ate, drank tea and talked.

MadHatterTea2The menu included White Rabbit Tea Sandwiches, Mad Hatter's Party Pinwheels, Cheshire Cat Nibbles (fresh veggies), Cryphon Chopped Salad, The Queens Cream Scones,  Looking Glass Cake,  The Kings Clotted Cream,  Alice's Lemon Curd,  The Knaves Ginger-Lime Marmalade,  Curiouser Green Tea,  Tweedle Dumb & Tweedle Tea,  Nonsensical Tea and Dormouse Lemonade.


My sister wired gloves which held the menu's.  Such a clever idea.

I was also excited that peonies were available here in San Diego.  They are my favorite flower and not seen too often here in warmer climates. 

We put the flower arrangements in tea pots and served tea in wine carafe's.  After all, it was a mad tea.

MadHatterNameTags Being a doll maker/fiber person I had to make name tags from fabric for everyone.  The prototype was a real pain to turn.  The Patti C. you see had pointed tips to the hat.  You can see on Susan's that I rounded out the hat, which made it much easier to turn.

I used my trusty Bernina 440 to free motion stitch with decorative threads.  This made the name tags really stand out.  I could have machine embroidered everyone's names, but we had a few last minute changes in attendee's, thus I decided to hand write each person's name with permanent ink.

We had such a great time that I think I'll have to host another tea later in the year.  Maybe a fairy tea next time.

Girlfriends at play

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Many of you know that several of us have been doing, what elinor calls, Flat Doll Days.  elinor peace bailey came up with this idea when we were all together in Sydney several years ago.  We’ve been traveling around the U.S. sharing our love of dolls and flat surfaces ever since.

This picture was taken last year at Piecemaker’s Country Store in Costa Mesa, California after one of our Flat Doll Days.  Gloria McKinnon, on the far left, top row, had joined us from Australia. 
The others are top row,  Gloria, Sally Lampi, Barbara Willis
front row, Betts Vidal, me, elinor

We’re kicking off another year of sharing the fun in Escondido, California.Cosmicqueenssketch

January 22 from 10am to 4pm we’ll be sharing how we do faces.  Joining us will
be Li Hertzi.  Li has written her first book "Art Doll Adventures" and has done flat
dolls for many years. 
Along with sharing how we do faces we’ll spend the afternoon doing hands-on
exercises.  We’re providing a light lunch, and heaps of fun and information.
The cost is $65.00.  Send your checks to me: Patti Culea,   9019 Stargaze Ave., San Diego, CA  92129. 
The cost includes our lectures, lunch, most supplies for the hands-on exercises in the afternoon, and six patterns for our projects.
The address for Bits & Pieces is:   426 West Second Street, Escondido
You must pay before the event so we know how much food to have catered.

Playing with stamps

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

I’m always looking for fun gifts to make for people. Time is always a bit short around PMC Designs, so I like to come up with something that is quick to make, yet pretty. And, it always has to have some “bling”.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve made postcards, ATC’s, journals, altered bags using my rubber stamps. While in New York City I met a delightful artist and she was making unique bookmarks from left-over scraps of fabric from her quilts. A light went on and when I came home I started making bookmarks.
Audine is inside a small book – 7-inches. Oh, and the book is by an artist I met at ComicCon this past Friday. Be sure to check out her website:
Christy makes really unique more primitive dolls.
My “bookmarks” range from 8-inches to 9-inches depending on the face stamp I used. This grouping shows Audine, Jilianna, Valandrial and Banbury Cross Beth.
At my website I have a new offer. If people buy two, or more, of my rubber stamps I’ll send the pattern to make the bookmarks.
Making the bookmarks is really easy. I used Pelmet Vilene, but Timtex, Peltex, Craft Pellon are all good choices. I appliqued the clothing, colored the faces and hair with a combination of Copic Markers (both Ciao and the large square markers) and colored pencils. I did learn to stamp the face first, then trace the bodies. Much easier, believe me.
How long does it take to make one of these? About 2 hours, tops. Of course, it depends on the amount of bling you add. I just used the hot-fix crystals and a few bits of fabric and lace here and there.

Stamping on Fabric

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

I love using rubber stamps on fabric. Years ago we were told you had to use deeply etched rubber stamps to get a good impression on fabric. I think that has changed because we’re not as afraid of experimenting on fabric. I’ve found just about any rubber stamp works. I love using stamp pads and paint to transfer the image onto fabric.
One thing I’ve found that helps is to back the fabric with a double sided stabilizer, like Wonder Under. After this is ironed onto the fabric, I leave the paper backing then press my rubber stamp onto the fabric.
After you’ve stamped the image, set the inks with an iron. I use Tsukineko’s Fabrico or VersaColor stamps pads, and Jacquard’s Pearl EX stamp pads. But, any ink based stamp pad will work.
After you’ve stamped and set the images, color them using colored pencils, markers, or whatever. I’ve fallen in love with Copic’s marker. All of them.


This photo shows the faces done using colored pencils, markers and the background painted with Lumiere and Pearl EX powders.

Another fun project is making small paper dolls, but backing them onto a stabilizer such as Pelltex, Timtex or Pelmet Vilene. Traci and Allison Stillwell of ArtGirlz have some new rubber stamps that are absolutely the most fun I’ve used. You can mix and match heads and they are designed for their pewter arms and legs. Shoes and crowns, too. Here’s one I did in just a few hours.


I stamped the dress and head onto fabric backed with Wonder Under. I then colored it using Copic markers and painted the under body with a Stewart Gill Byzantium paint. This was then ironed onto Timtex. I appliqued some fabric here and there then free motion sewed the dress to the under body (which had the head attached). I hand sewed the arms and shoes on with beads and crystals and used crystals to attach the crown. I hand sewed a pin back to her back and I shall wear her proudly tonight.

ArtGirlz website

A special doll

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Recently I was very touched by an email from a teacher in Omagh, Northern Ireland. She had purchased my first book “Creative Cloth Doll Making” and wanted to somehow structure textiles into her Art and Design class with 11 and 12 year old girls. Here’s the result of that class.
They enlarged the pattern to almost life size. The pupils designed the dress like a jig saw. Each pupil designed and made a piece inspired by the art of countries around the world. They voted for a name and called her “Summer”. A truly remarkable and inspiring piece of art work. Don’t you agree?

Flesh toned dyeing

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

In my eagerness to post I forgot to add the last photo. Here it is:
On both photo’s you’ll see that the one piece of fabric grabbed the dye more. The darker pieces. Those were the muslin pieces. The other is white pimatex cotton. I did pre-wash the fabric in Synthrapol. This is a specially formulated soap that is natural and won’t leave residue in the fabric. Ivory works in the same way. Synthrapol you have to buy at places like Dharma Trading Company,
Dharma has wonderful tutorials in both their paper catalog and their website.
The Procion dyes can be purchased from Dharma or Pro Chemical & Dye,
Both of these companies are wonderful to work with. Very eager to answer questions.

Flesh toned dyeing

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

One of the most asked questions I get is how to dye cotton fabric for flesh tones. And, what products do I prefer. Here’s what I use.
To get the best colors that also don’t change the “hand” of the fabric I prefer Procion powder dyes. These require a bit of work, but the results are very satisfying. You’ll need Soda Ash, regular table salt without iodine, the dyes, gloves to protect your hands, a mask to keep the powders from getting in your nose, containers for the dyes and plain white 100% cotton fabric. Muslin works fine, too.
The first photo of the dyed fabric used this formula: for 1/2 gallon water add 1/2 cup salt. Stir to dissolve. In another small container dissolve 1/2 tsp. Ecru and 1/2 tsp. Apricot in 1 cup water. Add this to the 1/2 gallon water and place your dampened fabric inside. Stir the fabric off and on for 15 to 20 minutes.
While this is setting add 3 tablespoons Soda Ash to 1 cup lukewarm water. Stir to dissolve. Add this to the dye bath and stir. Let the fabric sit in this solution for an hour. Rinse the fabric and wash in either Synthropol or Ivory soap. Rinse until the water runs clear. Hang to dry.

For the last photo the dye mixture was 1/2 tsp. Apricot and 1/2 tsp. Brown Rose. Mix as above. The photo really doesn’t show the nice brown tones of this formula. If you want a darker brown, add more Brown Rose.

To set these dyes, let them cure for 24 hours then iron. You are ready to make dolls, or whatever, with these colors.

Dolls and Tomes

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Last December I held my 2nd “in house” workshop. We all had a great time. We worked with all kinds of silk fibers and created dolls that were hand dyed, dressed in silks and embellished with beads. She’s also a workshop I’ll be teaching throughout 2007.
Another project I love are Tomes. A Tome is a journal, a work in progress. My Stargaze Stitchery Tome has been a huge success as a pattern series. I’ve taught other pages and will be adding them to my Stitchery Tome.
Each page has a different technique. The Hawaiian hula dancer uses paints, Tyvek and beadwork. The Japanese women includes painting and free maching stitching.

I really love making these flat things. I made a fiber photo album for our granddaughter, Kieran.


Quilting Arts magazine had a project for Coffee Cuffs in a recent issue. I had to try it out and used a couple of my rubber stamps and fabric collage. These are fun and easy and make great gifts.