Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tissue holders

I'm off and running today so this will be short.

When I was in Asakusa last week I found a wonderful little shop with trinkets being sold and there seemed to be an awful lot of cat things in it. I am a sucker for cat things and I did buy a couple towels etc. but I know not everyone is thrilled with cats so I decided I should curtail my cat purchases. Even so I couldn't resist this little pocket tissue holder and I bought it for ME! I loved the color and the fact that it was made of kimono material and of course since it's a cat I couldn't pass it up!


When I got home, I looked at my tissue holder and realized that it isn't really hard to make so I've been experimenting with my own fabric and have sewn up a couple. I should probably make a better choice of fabrics on these but this was left over kimono material of my own so I used what I have.

Do we even have these little pocket tissues in the States? In Japan they are very popular (because some of the public toilets in the parks etc. don't even offer toilet paper!) and everyone has a packet squirreled away in their handbag or back pocket. Children are required to keep a packet in their bookbags at school and are strongly recommended to carry a pocket tissue and a handkerchief wherever they go. (Handkerchiefs are necessary because until recently bathrooms didn't offer paper towels or have hand blowers.) Often the pocket tissues are used for advertising and as you walk down the street or mall, someone will hand you one that has the shop or businesses logo and telephone number on it. The banks give them out, the post office gives them out, the hair salons etc. One rarely has to go buy pocket tissue because everywhere you turn you can pick one up!

Anyway, I'm not sure if I'll keep up with my production of kitty pocket tissue holders. I guess I don't need more than one and, as I say, not that many people are as in love with cats as I am. And if you don't have the tissues in the States that fit the holder then I guess no one needs them there as a present from Japan either... Patora likes them!

15 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

Like so much in North America, the small tissue holder are wrapped in plastic that acts as their holder... Sort of a tight bag around them with a center slit that the tissues pop up through... Your creations are MUCH nicer :-)

jovaliquilts said...

I've seen lots of pocket tissue holders, but that cat is by far the cutest one!

anne bebbington said...

Very sweet!

Shelina said...

You had mentioned earlier that pocket tissues are handed out by advertisors, and Sushi even has a couple of packets, but I hadn't realized they were toilet tissues!

You could make these for Kleenex type tissues.

The Calico Cat said...

I have a couple - one has a wallet (coin purse) on the opposite side.
Neither is as cute as those kitty ones!

(You should be getting a package tomorrow.)

Quilting Journey said...

I absolutely love these...they are now on my list of 'things to do'...thanks for a really cute idea!

Elisa said...

Hello Tanya,
My name is Elisa and are Italian, I get compliments for your wonderful blog and for all your work!
I just started to do patchwork and I am in love!
A Hug, Elisa

Genie said...

Your tissue holders are a great idea. Jean

Christine Thresh said...

Kitty tissue holders. What a fine idea. They are so much nicer than those plastic wrapped things we have here. If you bring them to the U.S. for presents everyone will be thrilled.

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Quilt crazy said...

Hi, in the states they are bit different shaped and size. More rectangular than square. The packages says they are 21.8x21cm. In addition, they are about 1 inch thick. I love the ones you ar making. They will be a hit!! Jeanne

Chocolate Cat said...

From a fellow cat lover and all things to do with cats these are purrfect!!!! Keep making them...

The Calico Quilter said...

I just measured a Kleenex pocket pack - you got me wondering! It's 2.25 inches x 4.25 inches x 1 inch. This brand is in a plastic package shaped like a fat envelope with a resealable tab on the flap. The plastic is so flimsy that it always disintegrates from handling before the tissues are used up. I think I will try to make a cat kleenex dispenser!

Mary said...

These are very cute and I'm not even a cat person...maybe you need to do a tutorial.

Fuji Mama said...

Absolutely darling!