Sewing: Make-up Bag

June 18, 2015 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Make-up bag – new and improved from the travel make-up bag tutorial I did back in December. This one has zipper ends that are professional looking.

I’ve included this tutorial as a link in a couple of other posts, mainly because it’s the best one in which I show you how to make a zipper nice and polished looking. Try it!

Okay…for this project, let us get started.

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 11 inches by 14 inches for the outside
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 11 inches by 14 inches for the inside
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut 3 inches by 4 inches for the zipper ends
  • 14 inch zipper
  • matching thread
  • iron
  • ironing board
  • machine

Gather all of your fabric. If you’re working with stripes, be sure they match up.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Time for the zipper ends.

Fold back the fabric 1/4-1/2 and inch. Press.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Pin to the end of the zipper about 1 in inward.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Top stitch – I did this twice for reinforcement, mainly because when you’re rushing to get ready in the morning, you’ll just tug away at the makeup bag, right? Better to make it strong.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Clip the extra zipper – this will make it easier to stitch through.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Now, time to sandwich the zipper between the inside and outside fabric.

Place the inside fabric right side up. Then, lay down the zipper, right side up, and match the top of the zipper with the top of the lining. Sandwich the zipper by placing the outside fabric, right side down, lining it up with the top of the zipper. The tab you made for the zipper ends, they will stick out. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of those later.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Use your zipper foot and stitch.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Do the same to the other side, and your zipper should look like the photo below.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Now, open the zipper, and place the lining right sides together and the outside of the bag, right sides together.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Serge along all the sides and leave 3-4 inches open at the bottom of the lining.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Time to clip those ends of the zipper ends. Why? Because they add extra bulk and the zipper corner won’t turn out well if you don’t clip them.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Be careful not to clip the serged edge.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Box off all 4 corners before turning the bag right side out.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Pin the opening in the lining together and top stitch using the same colour of thread which will disguise it.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Such a nice zipper end!

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

The inside looks polished and pink.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

The stripes match up well – oh, so well.

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

And the bag is ready for make-up!

Makeup Bag: 3ten.ca

Done.

Happy sewing.

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