Do you spend time waiting in the bleachers (or the parking lot) at practices, pre-game warm-up’s, between tournament games, etc.? You know you do 😉 Today I’m letting my geek out, and doing a little crafting that’s perfect for those hurry-up-and-wait moments. It’s small, only a few pieces, light weight, and doesn’t take an engineering degree to figure out. A couple of years ago I saw this Rubik’s Cube Tissue Box cover on an episode of The Big Bang Theory and knew I had to make one for myself. It took a while to get around to it and figure out the correct sizing, but it’s finally done. I made a few mistakes along the way, but here’s my take on how to make a Rubik’s Cube tissue box cover.
- plastic canvas – enough for 5 pieces measuring approx. 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (my piece was 13 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches, enough to have some left over if I made a mistake)
- yarn – red, yellow, orange, blue, green, and white, approx. 4 feet for each color block (up to 36 feet per color)
- yarn – black approx. 40 feet
- needle – large-gauge blunt
You will need to cut the canvas into five pieces. Each piece will be 37 lines x 37 lines (or 36 open squares), they will be just under 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. This means each color block will be 12 open squares. For the fifth piece (the top) you will need to cut a hole in the middle for the tissues. Measure in 13 lines from each side.
To make it easier to get the multi-stranded yarn threaded through the needle eyelet, put a little piece of tape on the end. Snip off the tape before you start pulling the yarn through the plastic canvas.
With my first square I tried “covering” only the outside (the part you see) of the canvas with the yarn, but this lead to two problems. First, the plastic canvas showed through the strands of yarn more than I liked.
Second, it made the piece curl up. I had to take it all out, and start over.
When you start each color block, leave about 1 1/2 inches of yarn to tie the ends together.
Once you’ve stitched the color block, pull the yarn underneath, and tie the ends together. Next, stitch between the color blocks with the black yarn, covering the plastic canvas. When you have completed all five sides of the cube, use the remaining black yarn to “sew” all the pieces together. It’s that simple 🙂
This next step is completely optional.
Tissue boxes are not square, but Rubik’s cubes are. The Rubik’s cube tissue box cover will be bigger than your tissue box. When the cover was finished, it felt a little bit floppy because of the size difference, so I grabbed some black foam core that I had left over from another project.
To “firm up” the cover, cut two pieces of foam core to 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches, and two others to 5 x 5 1/4.
Assemble with your trusty duct tape, and slip it inside your awesome new tissue box cover.
And Bazinga! you’re done! When you create your own Rubik’s Cube tissue box cover, I’d love to see it. Please stop by and post a pic of it on my FB page. Until next time.
play hard, and have fun,
p.s. Don’t feel like you need to follow my pattern, but I would strongly suggest creating your pattern from an actual Rubik’s Cube. The first “pattern” I created, while pretty to look at, turned out to not be possible on the cube itself.
p.p.s. A piece of plastic canvas, and enough yarn to complete the color blocks, fit neatly inside a waterproof quart size ziplock bag. 😉