It seems I'm always sick this year. When I'm not sick, I'm still dealing with a runny nose. I get so tired of my nose getting all red and sore, not to mention how many tissues I throw away! So, I did some research. Supposedly, it is the wood pulp in tissues that irritates your nose, not just how many times you rub it. Yet another reason to make cloth tissues.
I always thought it was pretty gross to blow your nose in a cloth and then tuck it back into your pocket. However, that's kind of what I do with my regular, disposable tissues. When I'm on the road or not near a trash can, it gets tucked back in my pocket. Now that I have a washing machine at home, I don't have to worry about having snot rags piling up before I go to the laundry mat. Now all I need is to make a bag to throw them in.
I used an old bed sheet to make my new tissues. It had been hanging around in my fabric stash for years. I had used a bit of it for another project. It was nice to be able to use it again. The sheet was very thin and soft so it makes great tissues/handkerchiefs. To make the pattern, I unfolded a Kleenex and traced around it on a scrap file folder.
Instead of mitering the corners, I folded one edge, then folded the other on top of that. It made the corners a little bulky, and my sewing machine a bit sulky, but I thought it worked pretty well.
Now I just have to make sure I don't throw them away when I use them!