I do a lot of sewing but I don’t share too many sewing DIYs on the blog- what’s up with that?! So today I’m going to show you how to make your very one makeup bag!
– sewing machine
– all-purpose foot
– zipper foot
All-purpose- left, zipper foot- right. Most machines comes with these feet.
– card stock
– fabric, two colors or prints
– interfacing, to make it sturdy!
Let’s get started!
1) First we have to make our pattern. You can use the one I did or you can make your own- the directions will be the same. You’ll start with a rectangle, I used 8.5 inch by 5.5 inch, and then cut two squares out of the bottom, so it looks like the picture. I cut out 1 inch squares.
2) Grab your fabric and interfacing. What I like to do is trace my pattern onto the interfacing with pencil,
then cut out the fabric to match the pieces of interfacing I have.
That way, when I go to iron it, I’m not trying to match two perfectly-cut makeup bag pieces together and worrying about them not lining up just right.
3) Iron your fabric and interfacing together.
4) Cut out your pieces, along the pencil lines. But tracing the pattern just once onto the interfacing, and cutting it after you iron, you only have to cut the pattern once! And I specifically use pencil because you can’t see it once the project is done AND you don’t have to worry about it getting wet and running (like with pen and markers).
5) It’s zipper time! Zippers can seem intimating, but they’re really just scared and acting out in aggression.
Take one of your inside fabric pieces and lay it right-side up. Lay the zipper right-side up on top of it.
And then lay your outside piece right-side down. Make sure the pieces line up with each other on all sides, and that the zipper is tucked nice and close to the tops
6) Secure with pins.
7) Using your zipper foot, sew along the edge with the zipper pinned in place.
It should look like this when you are done.
8) This part is optional. I like to flip the fabric right-sides out and sew along that zipper edge again. It helps hold the fabric in place and I like the clean look it gives the finished bag.
Next) Repeat with the other two pieces of fabric. Make sure you place your pieces on the right sides! Inside fabric should be right-side down on the inside fabric side, and outside fabric should be right-side down on the outside fabric side.
So when you are done stitching it together and open it up, it will look like this:
10) Flip your project around so that the inside fabric pieces are touching and your outside fabric pieces are touching, with the zipper in the middle. I like to call this butterflying but I know that can mean different things and I don’t want anyone to, like, fillet their bag or anything.
11) Very Important! Unzip the zipper halfway! If you skip this part, you won’t be able to turn your bag right-side out when the time comes!
After that) Before we pin anything in place, make sure the zipper teeth face up into the inside of the bag.
Still facing up.
13) Secure with a pin.
14) Again, make sure your zipper is facing teeth up into the bag before you pin anything down.
Pin in place. Sometimes I add an extra pin here or there to hold it together while I sew, and sometimes I only pin where the zipper is.
15) Switch your sewing foot to the all-purpose one and sew all the way around, making sure to leave an opening along the bottom inside-fabric edge.
Be Careful!) Because I lined my zipper up with the edge of my fabric, there is a little metal nub hiding in there. And that nub is a land mine to your sewing machine needle. As you get close to it, check to make sure you aren’t going to run it over.
And Remember) Leave that opening! You’ll need it later.
18) Trim off the extra threads and zipper.
19) Remember those little squares we cut out of the pattern? It’s time for those to come into play. Where each corner should be, line up the edges of fabric…
and pin them in place.
Now) Sew right along that edge.
It should look like this when you’re done.
21) Repeat for all 4 corners. Or lack-of-corners. Anyway, this is what will give your bag a proper bottom and will allow it to stand up on its own.
22) Remember that opening we left?
Reach in and pull your bag out. Well, pull the fabric right-side out.
23) Push out the bottom corns,
24) and the zipper. It’ll look like this when you first flip it right-side out. But with a little pushing…
it will look like this!
25) Now we just have to close up that little hole in the bottom.
So pull the inside fabric out a bit, and pin the hole closed.
26) Sew it up.
27) Push the inside fabric back into the bag.
28) And you did it! You made a makeup bag!
I love this pattern because it’s so easy to tweak. Need a wider bottom? Cut bigger squares. Need a longer bag? Elongate the width. I use a pattern close to this for my extra small – large makeup bags in the shop, shaving just a little off the pattern as they go down in size so they are actually nesting bags.
Let me know if you have any questions, need anything clarified, or if you make one yourself! Thanks for reading!