Are your beauty products all over the place? Me too! Why not get crafty and make this simple make up bag?

Happy Monday guys! Although I admit to liking weekends more than workdays (who doesn’t?), for me Mondays aren’t all bad.  That’s because Monday can be just the clean slate I need to get things done, and often gives me the encouragement I need to get organized. With my weekly list but also with those personal things at home that have got out of hand – like the overflowing bikini draw that needs sorting or the beauty cabinet that needs sifting. Weirdly I find myself tackling these things on a Monday night! Last week it was the handbag clean out, complete with lip glosses, eyeliners and all those other beauty bits and bobs that like to cluster at the bottom. A ‘what’s in my handbag’ wasn’t such a pretty sight in my case! While I was doing the clean out I realized that a lightweight make up bag was just what I needed in my handbag to put keep all these daily items organised, after I gave them a good wipe down that is! Read on to see how to make one for yourself.

This make up bag uses just two square fabric pieces that are 15” (38cm) x 15” (38cm). We used denim for the outer fabric and a cotton gingham for a contrasting lining. We suggest using a stiffer fabric so the bag can hold its shape, but if you choose a lighter weight fabric, you can iron it with a stiff interfacing.

Serge the edges of your fabric pieces first, to prevent fraying. 

You could use an overlock machine for this step, or just use a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

1

Place the wrong sides of the fabric together, then lay your zipper on one edge, pin and then sew.

2

Fold the fabric to the other side, and lay the zipper on the other edge again, face-down. 

Pin and sew once more.

3

Adjust the piece so that the zipper now lies in the middle.

4

Pull the zipper down halfway, then sew down both sides. Be careful when sewing through the zipper teeth and avoid hitting them with the sewing needle. 

5

Flip the pouch out through the zipper, and this is what your pouch would look like at this point.

6

Flip the pouch back inside out, and fold the two corners like so.

7

Sew across, the sewn line 2.5cm (1′ inch) away from the corner. This will create the box-shaped base. 

8

Snip off the excess fabric on the corner, then serge the raw edges.

9

Flip the pouch back out again, and you’ll end up with a box shape, aka a make up bag! 

 

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The steps are the same even if you choose not to use a contrasting fabric for the lining and merely use one layer of fabric.

Voila!

 

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