Makeup Bag Tutorial August 23, 2011 – Posted in: Sewing, Tutorials

Thanks for entering the giveaway, everyone! Congrats to the lucky winner, I’ll be sending the makeup bag off today or tomorrow!

For the rest of you, I put together a tutorial so even though you didn’t win, you can make your own! That’s almost as good, right?

The finished dimensions of this bag are:
4.5″ tall, 6″ wide across the top, 4.5″ wide across the bottom, and 2.5″ deep.

To make your own, you’ll need:
2 pieces of fabric cut 13″ by 7.5″
1 piece of lightweight fusible interfacing (I used Pellon 808)
1 7″ zipper

Start by applying your interfacing to the back of your outside fabric.

Then using the same technique from my cosmetic bag tutorial, sew the zipper to one short end.


Fold the sides back and press flat. Top stitch along that side.

Fold the outer fabric up so the bottom is even with the other side of the zipper.

Flip it over and do the same to the lining piece.

And sew the zipper along that side.

Turn it right side out and press along the zipper. Top stitch.

Decide how much bag you want above your zipper and measure to make sure it’s straight. I left about an inch.

Then at the bottom, make a square, measuring 1″ from the bottom and 1.25″ from the side.

Cut the corners.

Now turn the bag inside out. I don’t care how hard I try, I can never make my inner fabric the exact size of my outer fabric, so I decided to use it to my advantage.

Cut the lining along the bottom, make it 2 pieces.

Sew along the bottom you just cut, leaving a hole about 2″-3″ in the middle to turn the bag through.

Then sew down the sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance, stopping 1/4″ from the bottom.

Pinch the bottom together to make a corner. First the outer piece,

then the inner piece, and holding them together, sew closed with a 1/4″ seam allowance. They’ll be sewn to each other, which will help hold your lining piece down inside the bag.

Then turn the bag through the hole in the lining, poke out your corners, and sew the hole closed.

That’s it! They take me about 30 minutes to make, start to finish, and sew up so nicely! Enjoy!