A makeup pouch is always nice to have around, to keep your things organized at home or on your travels. But, makeup can spill, and counters get dirty- so it’s nice to have a pouch that you can wipe clean! Using either laminated cotton, or creating your own vinyl coated fabric lets you create a wipeable interior and bottom to a makeup pouch that isn’t too small, and isn’t too big- it’s just the right size.
Are you ready to make one for yourself?
DIY Makeup Bag with Vinyl Lining Sewing Tutorial:
Makeup Bag Supplies:
- Fabric- I am using three different prints, but you really only need 2. 1/4 yard of each is more than enough. (if you are using laminated cotton, one of your prints should be that) For this project, I am using Guinevere by Citrus and Mint for Riley Blake Designs
- At least a 9″ zipper
- Fusible fleece
- D-rings if you would like a way to attach a wrist strap
- Basic Sewing supplies
*If you are not using laminated cotton, you will need something to coat your fabric with vinyl, such as this Iron on vinyl by Heat n Bond
Note: In the following pictures I am making two different pouches, so the fabrics may vary from step to step. You will follow all the steps shown, regardless of the fabrics in the photo.
Cutting Directions for Makeup Bag:
- cut 2 pieces 4 1/2″ X 10″
Exterior accent fabric: (the mustard fabric)
- 1 piece 7″ X 11″
Lining fabric: (pink fabric)
- 1 piece 15″ X 11″
- One piece 2″ X 3″
- 1 piece 1 3/4″ X 3″
From Iron On Vinyl:
- 1 piece 6 1/2″ X 10 1/2″
- 1 piece 14 1/2″ X 10 1/2″
From fusible fleece:
- 2 pieces 6 1/2″ X 9 1/2″
Follow manufacturers instructions to adhere the vinyl coating to the associated pieces. DO NOT discard the paper backing. Then cut the following. OR if you are using laminated cotton cut the following:
Exterior accent fabric:
- 2 pieces 3″ X 10″
- 2 pieces 7″ X 10″
All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise
Bag Step One:
TIPS: If you are having trouble feeding your coated fabrics through your sewing machine here are a few tips for you.
- Increase the stitch length on your machine. Use a walking foot or teflon foot.
- If you don’t want to purchase a new foot, try covering the bottom of your presser foot with matte clear tape.
- Use a pin or sharp scissors to cut open the hole where the needle goes through.
- Coated fabrics seem to stretch a bit more than regular cotton as well, so try to have your coated fabrics on the bottom when feeding them in your machine if possible.
Fuse the fleece to the back of both exterior pieces.
Top stitch along the seam between the main and accent fabrics.
Take your zipper and line it up, right side down, with the top of the front exterior piece. It’s easier to do this if the zipper is fully opened.
At the free end of the zipper, (the left side) fold up the zipper tape outside of the metal stop so it is perpendicular to the zipper, pin in place.
On the right side of the zipper, measure 1″ from the end of the exterior of the pouch and pin the zipper in place there.
Place your lining, right side down, and line up all three pieces: the exterior, zipper and lining. Sew along this edge until you reach the pin 1″ from the edge of the fabric. (You may choose to use a zipper foot at this point, but I usually don’t).
With the needle in the down position, lift up the presser foot. Pull the loose end of the zipper away from the line you are stitching toward the inside of the fabrics you are sewing. Put the presser foot down and sew the fabrics together, keeping the zipper out of the seam. Press both pieces of fabric away from the zipper.
Take your two small 3″ long pieces to the ironing board and press in half along the 3″ length.
Open up this crease and bring the raw edges into the middle to meet at the crease, press.
Fold up the original crease to enclose the raw edges.
ON the 2″ piece: sew along both 2″ edges using an edge stitch.
ON the 1 3/4″ piece, reverse the center fold to put the two raw edges on the outside then sew up both short sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the bottom corners (the ones by the center fold)
Turn right side out and press.
Fold under the seam allowances of the opening and sew them shut with an edge stitch.
Push the lining to the inside of the cosmetic bag. Press fabric away from the zipper again. Top stitch around the top of the cosmetic bag.
About the Maker:
Hi! My name is Amy Chappell and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs. I currently live in Utah with my husband and 6 kids. I love being a mom but needed an outlet that would give me something to do that stayed done, enter sewing and creating. Love the satisfaction of taking fabric and ideas and making something new. I also love that blogging has given me a way to meet new people and find a community of amazing people who love fabric and sewing as much as I do.
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