Step 1: Materials
- one regular tissue paper box and extra cardboard (or another tissue paper box)
- at least one tissue paper for the size
- fabric to make washable handkerchiefs
- paintbrush to apply the glue and the podge
- fabric scissors
- regular scissors and/or exacto
- tread and needle (or sewing machine)
- 2 part velcro pieces with sticking back
Step 2: Cut Your Fabric
For the fabric, you can use whatever you have that is suitable. I had large pieces of cotton fabric that I used for this instructable. Old bed sheets could do. If you are planning on buying, I would suggest organic fiber. Bamboo could be an excellent choice. It is extremely soft and absorbent, and the more you wash it, the softer and absorbent it gets.
In terms of quantity, the handkerchiefs will be folded twice each to make small squares, so you can pile them up and see when you reach the top of the box.
Step 3: Sewing the Handkerchiefs
Otherwise if you are extremely patient, don't have a sewing machine, or, like me, you cannot approach a sewing machine without going mad, you can do it by hand.
Fold the edges twice (so the cut edge does not show) and pin to place. Sew all for sides.
Step 4: Prepare the Tissue Paper Box
Choose an empty tissue paper box with a design that you like (you will be keeping this box for a while now!)
Open one side of the box with an exacto knife or slowly by pulling on it, trying not to rip the cardboad.
Remove the plastic from around the hole of the box.
Step 5: Cut Your Box
You can leave a small border all around. Make sure you cut it in one piece, we will use the removed half.
The square opening should take half of the box where a folded in four handkerchief can fit in.
If you want, you can trim the little rough edges around the hole of the tissue paper box for a smoother design.
Step 6: Make a Separation
Step 7: Glue the Box
Then slide it inside the box through the open side and glue everything in place (but not the side of your tissue paper box, you need that open)
You now have a box with one open square half, and a closed half with a small circle opening.
Step 8: Podge or Paint
Step 9: Velco Side
Step 10: Finished Box
Once used, pop them into the small hole, and when you do your laundry, take them out and wash them with your clothes. Simple, cheap and eco-friendly!
I'm guessing you could also find the permanent tissue paper boxes or box cover that where used in the 80' I believe, and transform those for a more durable box, or any two-part or two containers that can work.