Cosmetic case project

I’m always looking to give myself some new projects because it’s important to keep my brain active. If it isn’t active then all it wants to do it turn into a veggie and play the Sims non stop. Is it fun spending hours creating a massive town and giant family trees? Yes. But is it productive? Honestly, I can’t give you a solid ‘yes’ or’ no’, so I’ll have to say ‘unknown.’

Last week I got some awesome fabric from Ikea covered in birds and I’ve been trying to find a use for it. I try to buy fabric with a project in mind because I have a tenancy to horde it for a ‘special’ project, and then that special project never happens and I’m left with a bunch of fabric I’m saving and am afraid to use.

I wanted to make sure that I played up the birds. Like, made them a focal point instead of letting them get lost in something bigger, like a beach bag.

I went with cosmetic bags! Each bag will feature a bird, and even though I was tracing crazy all over the fabric, I still used most of it. I try not to waste when I can avoid it.


I wanted them free standing and with a loop to hold onto while you’re unzipping them. Ch-check.

I ran out of heavy-weight interfacing so the project is currently on hold, but here are the first ones:

They’ll be popping up in the shop soon!

10 Responses to “Cosmetic case project”

  1. 3 dressesandme May 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Those are beautiful. I love the print. They look like native NZ birds particularly the blue one looks like a pukeko

  2. 7 Jay May 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I love these, especially the expression on the birds’ faces :)

  3. 8 ooobop! May 29, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Brilliant placement on those little bags. I love them! I know exactly what you mean about buying and hoarding fabric. But its a great feeling when you find its proper destiny… and you did just that! :-)

  4. 9 Jay May 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Okay I just went back and read your tags and I love the “put a bird on it” reference :)

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Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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