Bags may be a lot of fun to sew, but if a full-size tote is too much for you, we have the ideal solution: a cosmetics bag! It’s a great place to start learning how to instal zippers, work with different materials, and add personal touches that truly make a bag your own. Plus, they make excellent holiday gifts – a win-win situation! In this blog we will learn about materials and steps of making handmade pouch for makeup.
Level: Advanced beginner
Finished size: 10″ x 5″
Pro Tip: Not the size you want? No problem! Alter your dimensions and seam allowances to make the bag any size you like. The dimensions given in this project will make a bag.
What You Need
One 21″ x 12″ piece of outer fabric
1 – 21″ x 12″ piece of lining fabric
One 21″ x 12″ piece of fusible interfacing
Pro Tip: Fat quarters are perfect for this project; choose one for the outside fabric and one for the lining fabric, and you’re set! Quilting cotton may be used for both the outside and lining fabrics, or you can use something stronger on the outside of your bag, such as linen canvas or even waxed canvas.
Paper and pencil (for pattern)
14″ coil zipper
Zipper foot (optional)
1. Draw the corners of your pattern
Cut your paper into a 1012” x 512” rectangle to produce your pattern piece. (Never cut paper with your expensive fabric shears; use your craft scissors!) shave the edges. In the bottom corners, cut out 2′′ squares (one of the long edges). The part in between will become the bottom of your bag, and the section in between will create the boxed bottom.
2. Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut it out.
Pin the pattern piece in place by folding the outer fabric in half, wrong sides together. Repeat on the lining and interfacing, then cut around the design. Two pieces of outside fabric, two pieces of lining, and two pieces of interfacing should now be available. Connect the Interfacing Connect the interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Place the Zipper in the middle.
Attach the zipper to the lining. Place your zipper on top of the lining with the incorrect side facing out. (If your lining fabric has two sides, make sure the right side is facing up.) Align the length of the zipper tape with the fabric’s cut top edge. (The pull will stay out of the way when you’re stitching because the zipper is longer than your bag.) Place the outer layer over the zipper. Place one piece of outer fabric on top of the lining and zipper, right side down. Along the zipper, pin in place. Both the outside and inner fabrics should be exactly aligned with each other and flush with the zipper tape.
5. Sew the whole thing together (along the zipper).
Using a 14” seam allowance, sew the inner and outside fabric to the zipper.
Pro Tip: Depending on how much of the tape you want to show in the end, you may stitch as near (or as far!) as you like to the zipper teeth. Use a zipper foot if you have one on your machine.
6. Tighten the Seams
Pull the layers away from the zipper. Both layers should be pressed away from the zipper, with special attention to the region surrounding the seam, since you will be topstitching there next. Topstitch the outer fabric, lining, and zipper tape together along the zipper seam. This step keeps the fabric in place and keeps it from becoming stuck in the zipper.
7. Begin the second side
Put the zipper on the lining. Place your second piece of lining on your work surface, right side up. Place the right side of the zipper sandwich on top. (The two lining pieces should be in contact.) Ensure that the top edge of the lining fabric and the top edge of the zipper tape are aligned. Put the outer on the zipper. Place the remaining outside piece, right sides together, on top of the first outer piece. This piece’s top edge should also line up with the top edge of your zipper tape. Using pins, secure your parts in place.
- Sew zipper and stitch and press (again)
Sew along the zipper with a 14” seam allowance, just as you did on the first side (or use the same seam allowance you did on the first side, so you see the same amount of zipper tape on the right side of the bag when finished.) Pull away from the zipper. Press the lining and outer layers away from the zipper, making careful to press the topstitching area extremely flat in preparation for sewing, just as you did on the other side.
9. Topstitch the zipper with topstitching.
Maintain the same seam allowance as the first side while topstitching the second side. Prepare by pinning and prepping the zipper halfway open. Open the item completely, with the outside fabrics facing up. To flip the bag right side out later, open the zipper halfway.
WARNING: DO NOT MISS THIS STEP. Yes, it is critically essential. You won’t be able to flip your bag right-side out if the zipper isn’t open.
Open the sides and pin them together. Fold the layers so that the right sides of the inner pieces and the right sides of the outer fabric are touching when you flip them over. On the sides and bottom, pin in place. Make sure your zipper tape is folded in half, with both edges facing your lining fabric.
10. Sew the Sides Together
Stitch the sides together. Sew the bag’s two sides together with a 14″ seam allowance. Turn the Layers Right Side Out 13. Flip the Bag Right Side Out Reach inside the lining’s bottom and through the open zipper with your hand. Make a right-side-out turn of the bag. Closing the Lining the bottom hole should be pinned at the bottom of the lining, fold the seam allowance in and pin it in place close-up of a hole. Close the gap with a stitch. Fold the lining into the bag again. A completed bag is ready to add your stuff in it.
You’ve completed the task!