DIY Makeup Bag



I confess that organization is not my strong suit. I should have a cute little way of organizing all of my personal items around the house.

Except I don’t.

It should be easy for me, since I am the only female member of this household.

But it’s not.

What’s even worse, is that is dead last on my priority list.

Dead last.

I confess that the last makeup bag I bought was for our honey moon in 1996. It just never seemed like I needed one. Even IF I could find one that I liked.

How sad is that?

How gross is that?

Don’t answer the above questions.

Recently, I got an email from Spoonflower for a free fabric sample. OOOHHHH, I love free fabric samples!

I could spend major dough on their website.

I ordered my fabric and it came in the mail last week.

I love it.

This pattern is called Rosettes Blue on Graphite by Ravynka. 

My 8″ square sample came printed on Eco Canvas, which is a great story weight without being too stiff and heavy.

I immediately decided a Makeup Bag was in my future.

I raced across the street to pick up a few more supplies at the craft store. I came home with a 9″ grey zipper and 1/4 yard of contrasting teal calico.

This project took me less than 30 minutes to make. It’s easy enough for the beginning sewer.

Follow these steps:

1. Trim away selvages on contrasting fabric. Cut a piece 9″ wide and 13″ long.

2. Using the fabric sample and the contrasting fabric, line up top edges with right sides together. Baste with 1/2″ seam allowance for zipper application. Shorten the zipper by 1/2″ with several rows of small stitches 1/2″ from the bottom zipper stop. Trim away excess. (Zippers are sold in 7″ and 9″ lengths, the makeup bag is 8″ wide, so you will have to shorten the zipper slightly.)

Note: I did not baste my zipper, I just clean finished the top edge and topstitched it to the zipper on the right side. You can do this as well if you are comfortable with zipper applications. Do as I say, not as I do, if this doesn’t make sense to you.

3. Press open basted seam. Install zipper with a zipper foot directly on top of seam allowance, lining up zipper teeth to the pressed basted seam (you will later remove basted stitches to reveal the zipper).


4. Sew bottom edges together, making a pouch.

5. Sew side seams together, folding the fabric to show 2″ of the contrasting cloth at the top edge (zipper should be 2″ down from the top edge on the right side).  Be careful to sew directly on the printed part of the fabric sample so the white selvage won’t show from the right side of the bag after it’s turned. Take time to reinforce top edges with backstitching and reinforce ends of zipper. My zipper stop didn’t exactly match up, my mistake. It’s 1/8″ off, so I have broken stitches, but it isn’t noticeable from the right side of the finished bag.

6. Trim corners and seam allowance as needed to turn bag right side out. Unzip the zipper and rip out the basting stitches to turn bag to the right side. Use the edge of a wooden ruler or a straight pin to get nice pointed corners.

7. Press the bag flat with a warm iron.

That’s it!

I love that this was a practically free project.

I love that it was so easy to make.

I love that it’s so adorable.

I love that it is big enough for all my makeup.

I really love that I can throw it in the wash when it gets dirty.

If you are looking for an awesome print for one of your sewing projects, check out my custom Bee Fabric design on Spoonflower!

I am woman, ready to conquer the world! One makeup bag at a time!


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  1. says

    I love it! I have several pieces of left over fabric I can make use of thanks fir idea but I want to know what are you using to hold up your makeup brushes?

    • designerssweet says

      Thanks for your question! The makeup brushes are sitting in a vintage flower frog. I found it at a thrift store for just a few dollars. Most of the brushes fit without a problem, there was one that had a thicker handle that I carved down with a jack knife to fit into the holes of the frog. Thanks for reading!

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