So far, out of 5 fat quarters, we've made a toiletry bag and a makeup brush roll. Are you ready for the next project? This makeup bag is the perfect size for your cosmetics, and the brush roll from last week will fit perfectly inside. I love how the bag opens wide to be able to see all the contents. Perfect for a makeup bag! No more digging through trying to find your eyeliner or lipstick.
Now onto the tutorial...
Please note that this is not an original bag idea, I used as inspiration and for the zipper installation technique the open wide zipper pouch tutorial from Noodlehead. I changed the size to fit the fabric left from the fat quarters, as well as the seam finishing because I used fusible vinyl for the inside of the pouch. If you are skipping the vinyl, I highly recommend using that tutorial to sew and finish the pieces for your bag.
Cutting the interior fabric
Take your fabric for the interior of the bag (white with small navy dots in sample) and cut a piece of fabric that is 14" x 18" as pictured. Then cut that piece in half, make two 14" x 9" pieces. Set aside.
Cutting the exterior fabric
Arrange the pieces how you like them. The final width will need to be 14", so make it a few inches wider to account for seam allowances.
Press seams open. Cut off any excess fabric so that each piece measures 14" x 4.5".
Sewing the exterior
One the wrong side of your exterior fabric, fuse fusible fleece following manufacturer's directions. Repeat with the other exterior piece.
Topstitch along piping using your zipper foot, if desired.
Prepare the lining fabric
Find the fabric for the interior (white with navy dots in sample). Fuse fusible vinyl to the right side of the fabric following manufacturer's directions. Repeat with the other interior piece.
Install the zipper
Lay an exterior piece right side up on your work surface. Align the zipper wrong side up as shown, with the zipper pull to the left, 3/4" away from the edge. Finger press or pin the excess zipper tape up. Baste in place, stopping 1" from the end of the exterior fabric.
Note: Oops, it's looks like I basted all the way to the end instead of stopping 1" away. I had to unpick the basting stitches here. Make sure you stop 1" away!
Lay an interior piece wrong side up on top of the zipper. Using your zipper foot, sew in place with a 1/4" seam allowance, starting at the zipper pull end and stopping 1" from the end of the fabric. Be sure to backstitch to lock your stitches.
Lay the other exterior piece right side up on your work surface. Align the other side of the zipper tape with the top edge. Make sure to pin or finger press the excess zipper tape up on the zipper pull side.
Lay the other interior piece wrong side up on top, aligned with the edge of the zipper tape. Using your zipper foot, start at the zipper pull end and sew with a 1/4" seam allowance. Start at the zipper pull end and stop 1" from the end of the fabric. Backstitch.
Press the exterior and interior fabric away from the zipper teeth. Take care when ironing the vinyl side.
Sew in place with a 1/2" seam allowance. When you get to the zipper end, tuck it to the inside, taking care not to sew it.
Finishing the exterior
Pinch the corners together as shown. Pin and sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim the seam to reduce bulk.
Repeat with the other corner.
Turn your bag so that the exterior is right side out. Push out the corners using a dull point, such as a chopstick or knitting needle.
Finishing the interior
Note: To help the lining sit smoothly inside the bag, I recommend trimming the bottom edge of the lining by about 1/2" before boxing the corners. I forgot to photograph this step.
Enclose the bottom edge of the interior with bias tape, and sew into place. I recommended taping the metal to the left of the presser foot to reduce the vinyl sticking while sewing, like I did for the toiletry bag tutorial.
Pinch together the corners of the interior. Encase the edges with bias tape and pin into place. Sew in place.
Push the interior lining to the inside of the bag.
Topstitch below the zipper all the way around the bag. This is important so that the vinyl does not get caught in the zipper teeth. Go slow and take your time, the vinyl has a tendency to stick a little, even with the tape in place.
Making the zipper end tab
Cut off a 3" piece of bias tape and unfold it. Fold in the ends by a 1/2" and iron. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong side out, and sew up the sides along the original crease of the bias tape. Snip the corners.
Turn right side out and press. Trim any excess zipper, so that the zipper extends out about an 1.5". Slip the fabric cover over the zipper end. Sew in place along the edges, taking care not to sew over the metal stop of the zipper.
And you're done!
Fill it up with your makeup, slip in your makeup brush roll, and you're ready to go!