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The 30 Minute Makeup Bag

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I have recently discovered this makeup bag. It is sooo customisable!

You can make little bags to throw in your purse for lipstick, medium sizes for overnight bags, or big mamas for everything but the bathroom sink!

Let's make the smaller sized pouch.

You'll need:

 * 2 pieces of fabric, 6" x 8" (I use a canvas type of material, but if you use a cotton blend, consider also ironing      on a layer of interfacing)
 * 1 9" zipper
 * 30 minutes
 * SIT Kit



1. Our first step is to attach the zipper. See the "Pointers" Section for step-by-step directions if you don't have a zipper foot (or don't feel like changing the feet on your sewing machine)

2. Next flip your "right" sides together and sew along the edge, closing the long edges, leaving the shorter edges open.

3. Now let's sew up the short sides. The important part here is to make sure your zipper and the seam on the bottom of the bag are lined up as perfectly as possible.

Move the head of the zipper into the centre, and pin the now open zipper together. Sew the ends closed.

4. This is an optional step, but I like the final touch it puts on the inside of the bag; take two pieces of  scraps (approx. 2"x2") and roll it around the end of the zipper, kind of like a burrito, and then sew as close to the bag as you can.

Then fold the end back towards the bag.

This is what you have so far:

Inside out:
Outside right:


You're almost done!


This is where you get to decide what you want the shape of your finished bag to look like.

5. With the bag inside out, sew your corners together to get your final shape. Let's start with 2 cm to see what that looks like:


It will look like this inside out:

Here is the bag with the 2cm corner...


Here we are with the 3 cm corner.

And now the 5 cm...

You decide!


Let me know what you think - please comment below, or email me! I'd love to see pictures of what you were able to create!

~ M

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  1. Great idea. Should make a smaller version to carry along to clubbing or just an evening around town.

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll work on one this weekend, and blog it so that you can make one for yourself. :)

  3. Do you have a tutorial for making this bag, but with a lining?

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Although I have made one with the lining, I didn't blog it.
      Here's a link to one very similar to the one I've made here but it includes instructions for a liner :) Enjoy!


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