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Step-by-Step Tutorial and Free Pattern: Make-up Bag with Brush Holder!

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Step-by-Step Tutorial and Free Pattern: Make-up Bag with Brush Holder!

Flavia Giuzio

Hello everyone!

I am super excited about my FIRST EVER post as a sewing blogger/pattern maker. Since it is my first post I decided to share this step-by-step tutorial and free pattern based on Anke’s Brushes Bag post from the AMAZING blog Soseweasy ! My pattern is a little different since if uses only THREE FAT QUARTERS, resulting in less scraps (which very important for me).

I love sharing this tutorial with you guys because a makeup bag is something that most girls use these days. Nothing better than sewing something you can actually use on a DAILY basis.

And maybe you don't think that you can do it, but I believe in you!! 

First makeup bag with brush I sew using the pattern I altered from Soseweasy. 

First makeup bag with brush I sew using the pattern I altered from Soseweasy. 

During my recent trip to the lovely independent fabric store Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz, California, I got two BEAUTIFUL fat quarters (Bon Voyage from Rifle Paper Co. and a this geometric pink fabric from Michael Miller). I was so obsessed with the idea of using this Bon Voyage fabric to make a MAKEUP BAG that I decided to alterthe pattern from Soseweasy so I could make it using ONLY THREE FAT QUARTERS! I also added a slip pocket to the pattern so the inside of my bag stays more organized.

I was so happy with the results I decided to make a second bag and share the step-by-step tutorial!


So here is what you will need:

- 3 Fat quarters (The ones I used for the tutorial cost 99 cents each at Joann!)  

- 23 cm (9inch) zipper

- 0.874 inch/ 2.22 cm wide double fold bias tape 

- 1 Sew On Snap

- 1/2 a yard of Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece

- 1/2 yard of 931TD Fusible Midweight

- My Free Pattern

Before we start the step-by-step tutorial here are some things to remember:

- This project works best with non-directional textiles

- I will be demonstrating two different options for the brush flap (one using the self fabric and one using the lining fabric)


STEP 1- Cutting the Self (fabric you are going to use on the outside of bag and brush holder) and Lining (fabric that will line the bag and brush holder) 

Fat quarter that will work as SELF:

- Cut 2 of pattern piece  A 

- Cut 1 of pattern piece B

- Cut 1 of pattern piece D
 

Fat quarter that will work as LINING:

- Cut 2 pattern piece A 

-Cut 1 pattern piece B

- Cut 1 pattern piece C

This is the suggested layout of the pattern pieces for the lining. For the self just swap pattern piece C for D. 

This is the suggested layout of the pattern pieces for the lining. For the self just swap pattern piece C for D. 

SELF and LINING pieces.

SELF and LINING pieces.

STEP 2- Cutting the SLIP POCKET (E), brush holder lining  (D) and brush flap lining (C). 

Using the remaining fat quarter cut:

- 2 pattern piece E 

- 1 pattern piece C

- 1 pattern piece D

This is the suggested layout for the slip pocket (E) and lining for brush flap (C)  and brush holder (D).

This is the suggested layout for the slip pocket (E) and lining for brush flap (C)  and brush holder (D).

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STEP 3- Cutting and fusing the FLEECE and MIDWEIGHT interfacing. 

Fleece Fusible Interfacing cut:

- 4 pattern piece A

- 2 pattern piece B

-1 Pattern piece E 

Midweight fusible interfacing cut:

-1 pattern piece C

- 1 pattern piece D

Once all the pieces of interfacing are cut, fuse interfacing to fabric. Fuse interfacing to all A (4) and B (2) pieces and only one of C ,D and E pieces.

Now that all the pieces are ready we can start sewing!!

Now that all the pieces are ready we can start sewing!!

STEP 4- Sewing BRUSH HOLDER (D) 

Sew the D pieces together with the RIGHT sides together as shown using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim excess of left and right top corners. Turn brush holder right sides OUT as shown. 

STEP 5- Sewing brush holder into FLAP B

Now it is time to sew the brush holder into the Flap B and measure our custom brush holder! First measure 8 cm (3.15 inch) from each side and shown. Use a chalk to mark. Pin Brush holder to flap at the 8cm mark as shown.

Now comes my FAVORITE part: Customizing the brush holder to fit YOUR favorite brushes! First get a couple of your favorite brushes (I was able to fit 5 different brushes). Then pin the brush holder as shown in the video below.

Repeat the process for each of the brushes until you can no longer fit any more bushes. 

Sew where pinned. Making sure to leave the extra fabric as marked. 

Sew where pinned. Making sure to leave the extra fabric as marked. 

This is how the brush holder should look like after each brush space is sewn. 

This is how the brush holder should look like after each brush space is sewn. 

STEP 6- Two options for BRUSH FLAP 

So I decided to show you guys TWO options for the brush flap (C). Option 1 is sewing the two pieces C that we cut and sew the SAME way we did with brush holder (D).

I did not like how that option looked with my textiles so I decided to use Option 2: fold pattern piece C in two and cut two pieces using the remnants from the SELF (leave 1/4 inch extra on the bottom of each piece for seam allowance). Then sew those two pieces together to create one C piece. After that sew the flap like you would with the Lining piece. I was much happier with how that option looked and so I decided to share this option. Hope this is not too confusing!! Baste stitch your chosen brush flap into B.

STEP 7- Sew two FLAPS (B) together.

Place the two flaps (B) with the wrong sides together and pin. Sew as shown using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Trim any excess in the corners and make sure the ends of the brush holders are laying flat with the fabric for the brushes well distributed. 

STEP 8- Adding BIAS TAPE to brush holder. 

Sewing the bias tape around the flap might be a bit intimidating! But trust me this was easier than I expected and if I can do it, then so can you. Thankfully we have this video that is super helpful, especially when it comes explaining how to sew the double folded bias tape on (starts on min 8:16). 

Unfold the double folded bias tape as shown and pin along lining the flap. Sew over the first seam of the double fold bias tape.

Fold the bias tape over the self side of the flap as shown. Sew along the edge of the bias tape using a straight stitch and matching thread. 

And we have a nice little Brush Holder Flap! Now it is time for the Makeup Bag. 

Halfway through me shooting this tutorial Bagheera decides it is time for me to take a "let's play with the cat" break!!

Halfway through me shooting this tutorial Bagheera decides it is time for me to take a "let's play with the cat" break!!

STEP 9- Sewing the SLIP POCKET (E) 

Place two E with the RIGHT sides together and sew TOP and BOTTOM (not the side seams). Turn the slip pocket right side out and press. Then sew the slip pocket into a Lining (A) using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 10- Sewing ZIPPER and BRUSH HOLDER FLAP into makeup bag. 

Add the zipper into the makeup bag: 1) Lining (A) which does not have the slip pocket sewn into. 2) Place the zipper over the lining and 3) then place the self over the lining and zipper as shown. Pin all the layers and sew using a zipper foot. If you have never sewn a zipper using this technique this video is going to help you for sure!!

Place zipper we just sewn (with self and lining) over the remaining Lining (A) with the slip pocket. Place remaining self WRONG side up. Pin all layers and sew using a zipper foot.

OPEN THE ZIPPER (this is important) and press. then move lining from right side to left so only SELF is on right side. Pin the BRUSH HOLDER FLAP into the self on the right (leaving about 2 cm/0.78 inch on each side). SEW the brush holder into self using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. 

STEP 11- Sew MAKEUP BAG 

Fold the brush holder flap in half and use clips to secure. That step is important because it ensures that the flap is not going to be accidentally sewn into the bag when we sew the seams of the bag. 

Now place the lining and the self fabrics RIGHT sides facing together as shown and pin. Make sure TEETH OF ZIPPER faces the lining and that the SIDES OF SLIP POCKET are pinned with the sides of the lining. Sew along the dotted line, leaving enough space of the lining side for you hand to go through. Make sure that you are catching the SLIP POCKET sides when sewing the lining side seams. 

Sew seams as shown

Sew seams as shown

Fold the corners as shown and sew closed. Repeat all corners. 

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Flip the bag using the space you left at the lining. 

AND YOU HAVE A BAG!!

Ok we are ALMOST done.... 

All you have to do now is hand stitch the opening in the lining and the sew on snaps (one in the brush holder flap and one in the left side self of the makeup bag!

AND THAT IS IT!!! You did it! I told you had the power to do it!!

Isn't it a truly beautiful experience to make you OWN makeup bag?!?!

Let me know what you guys think of the tutorial and share your makeup bags in the comments bellow. 

See you next time!!