Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern – bribe me!

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern.  Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

This cute little cosmetics bag has got a nickname.  This is the ‘I’m happy to take a bribe bag‘.  Why?  All will be revealed.  I don’t want to put you off by telling you right away what you need to do to get this bag pattern (evil laugh…).

My own make up bag was in need of some attention.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, hardly ever and a quick look inside my bag reveals congealed mascara, eye-shadow colors that haven’t changed since the early 90′s and some supermarket brand lip sticks.  I do have a couple of nice mineral foundation powders that I love and do wonders for my skin, but the rest needed to be sorted out and updated.  It seemed the perfect time to throw out the old cosmetics bag and make myself a nice smart new one.  So here is the Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern.

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

The one I designed and made is just a little bigger than the bag I already had, so that it can accommodate all the new make up goodies I am going to buy myself, as well as a few travel sized bottles of shampoo and shower gel I can slip in when I go on vacation.

The bag is simple, uses very little fabric (about 2/3rds of a fat quarter), has no fussy inside pockets (although you can add your own if you like), and takes me well less than 30 minutes to print the pattern, cut out and sew.  But quick and simple doesn’t mean it’s not awesome!  It’s the sort of bag that is versatile enough to be used for lots of applications, not just cosmetics and toiletries.  Keep all your pens and pencils in order, use it for a small first aid kit for the car, keep it in your desk at work for a few headache pills and other personal supplies.

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

Make some for yourself, for gifts or to sell.

Now my husband wants one too for his shaving supplies and toiletries.  I’m not sure I have the right fabric in my stash for him, but maybe something plain and manly!

Skill level – beginner.  If you’ve never sewn a bag before, this one is perfect for you!


  • Outer fabric – 14 x 18 inches.
  • Lining fabric – the same
  • 9 inch zipper
  • Interfacing/fleece of your choice

Included in the PDF download:

  • Simple to print pattern
  • Basic instructions, fabric layout
  • Full video tutorial to show you how to sew the bag

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

So now you want it.  I knew you would.  I usually love to give away free patterns, but today I am holding this one hostage – you have to bribe me to get it!  All is now becoming clear.  My evil plan to dominate the world is revealed. Or at least to dominate Facebook.

I just want you to LIKE me…it’s so nice to be liked.  Hop on over to the So Sew Easy Facebook page  and under the cover on the right hand side, click the tab/button that says Free Bag Pattern.  If you already ‘like’ the page, you’ll see the download details right away.  If you don’t, you’ll need to ‘like’ before I’ll reveal my secret download link!  (You can also get straight to the download page here, may not work on phones.)

That’s all.  It’s not much to ask.  I’d really like to be more active on the page this year and get a lot more interaction from you all.  I know you sew – but I want to see what you sew.  I’d love to see what you all make from the pattern too.  Please like and share, and let’s get social!

This year, there will be more ‘Win on Wednesday’ contests for Facebook followers.  They are only open for 48 hours, so make sure you have the So Sew Easy page marked to show up in your news feed and then you’ll know when a contest is posted.  Finding out in the weekly newsletter on Sunday is too late :-(


To get So Sew Easy updates in your news feed, hover your mouse over the Liked button, and the little menu comes up with Get Notifications.  Click to get the check mark and you are done.  Thank you.

I hope you like the pattern and thank you for your ‘Like’.  Drop into the page any time and ask a question, share a project you are working on or just chat with the other sewers.  See you there.

This is so funny!  Get a free pattern in return for liking the Facebook page.

Note – you can use this pattern to make bags to sell without restriction, no credit needed.  But please don’t share the download link publicly or you will defeat my evil plan for world domination.  Thanks.

Need help downloading the pattern, getting a blank screen, or not sure what to do?  Take a look at this post all about How to Download and Print a PDF Sewing Pattern which has a video showing this bag as an example.

Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern. Free pattern, quick and easy to sew but so many uses!

Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy


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64 Responses to Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern – bribe me!

  1. Lori M. says:

    Like you bribe idea, but I love your patterns I have downloaded from Crafsty. The blouse patterns have been great…. I will find a job for the the cosmetics bag, because I do not wear makeup,, ha ha most of the women I meet her in MT do not…..

    • Deby Coles says:

      I have one sitting next to the computer with all my bits of stationary, rubber bands, my flash drive, a roll of sellotape. All that kind of stuff. Stops it making a big mess all over the desk. Thanks for the kind words about my patterns – glad they are turning out well for you.

    • Beth says:

      I’m in Montana and ALL the women I know wear make-up. I do not leave the house without it, even taking out the trash. On a lighter note, I cannot wait to make this bag. Thanks for the terrific pattern!

      • Deby Coles says:

        I don’t think I could stand the pressure to look good all the time. Here in Cayman everything is so relaxed. If you pop out looking a mess and see someone you know at the shop, just say, excuse the hair/clothes/other etc, I’ve just been snorkeling. Works every time!

  2. Rita says:

    Hi Deby, I don’t have a Facebook page, however; I can subscribe to your website. Will that work?

  3. Mary says:

    You really are evil! I love that bag, and that fabric is gorgeous! :D

  4. Marilyn says:

    What a great quick to sew project!

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  6. Margaret says:

    Hi Deby, I also don’t subscribe to Facebook but love the cosmetics bag pattern as I desperately need a new bag and have already purchased some pretty fabric to sew a new bag. Are you able to send me the link to the pattern.

  7. donna griffin says:

    I’m another one who gets your emails but I don’t do facebook. I would love to make this bag. Pretty please!

  8. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    Thank you,

  9. Marty says:

    Have liked your page, downloaded the pattern but how do I get the sewing instructions?

  10. Rose says:

    Hi Deby, I have tried several ways to get your cosmetic bag pattern, but the link keeps sending me to another link, which keeps sending me back to the same link..ugh. I did like your facebook page, but still no pattern to download. Can you help me out?

    BTW..your bag is too cute to pass up!


    • Deby Coles says:

      If you go to this page Rose – https://www.facebook.com/SoSewEasy/app_137541772984354, once you have LIKED, you will see a picture which says “The Easy Cosmetics Bag Pattern is ready for you. Click here to go to the free download.” Once you click on the picture, the link takes you to the document in my Google Drive account and you can download it to your own computer from there. Some people have reported problems doing this on mobile devices as Facebook doesn’t always work well on phones etc. Let me know more if you still have problems and I’ll try to sort it out. I don’t have a smart phone etc so can’t test.

      • Rose says:

        Hi Deby, finally got it to work. For some reason the picture didn’t show up, but I clicked on the empty space it took me to the Google drive. I was finally able to print it…I was unsuccessful in downloading, but I was at least able to print it. Now, I’ll be able to make this adorable bag!

        Keep up the great work!


        • Deby Coles says:

          Glad you got there in the end. Oh the trouble with all these mobile devices an different browsers etc. Makes it so hard to see how your site and page will work in all of these many options. Enjoy sewing the pattern.

  11. micupoftea says:

    What fun- these would be easy to personalize for gifts!

  12. Hilary says:

    Deb – all I get is the pattern.. no instructions

    • Deby Coles says:

      The pattern piece and the instructions are all in one document, so if you have the pattern, you must have the instructions too. The document is 7 pages long and the pattern is on page one. So scroll through and the instructions will follow. Download from Google Drive to your computer and open with Adobe Reader and it will all be there. Let me know if you find it ok, or if you don’t!

  13. A great shaped bag, Deby. 30 minutes sounds perfect.

  14. Catherine tulloch says:

    Hi deby I am another who does not do the Facebook think. I do craft gossip instead (haha) happy to go to your web site though

  15. indira says:

    yes the bag is really adorable.I like you and your bag ..please give the link

  16. JenniT says:

    I love it! You did a great job with the video, too. I’m going to make these for my bunko prizes!! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  17. Thanks so much for the free pattern, I love how you did the corners. I downloaded it and am going to sew this! Thanks for sharing this with us.


  18. Lyn says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely bag pattern

  19. Cristina says:

    Hello Deby,

    thank you very much for the pattern and for the video too.


    • Deby Coles says:

      You are very welcome Cristina. When you finish your bag, would you post it to the Facebook page? There are so many downloads, I’m hoping to see some of the finished projects. Thanks for downloading, and taking the time to leave a comment.

  20. Suzanne Alexander says:

    Hi, Deby – I’m a lurker and have downloaded some of your patterns (halfway through the gathered shirt right now) from Craftsy. Can I please be an evil henchman instead of using Facebook? I think I’d be very good at it…

    Desperately needing a new cosmetics bag,

  21. claudia w says:

    Thank you for the bag pattern! It’s an adorable bag, I really want to make some for my sisters and nieces, oh! and my daughters!!!

  22. Karen says:

    Your bag is so cute and your video a big help in understanding the construction. Can’t wait to make one or two or three!!!! Do you think enlarging the pattern a bit would work as I want to make one for my daughter who carries everything imaginable in her handbag? Thanks for sharing all your great ideas and projects!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Yes you could certainly make it larger or smaller easily. Just cut through the middle, open up the pieces and tape some paper in the gap. You could do this in either direction to make it wider and taller. Or increase in size overall by increasing on a photocopier. Thanks for leaving a comment Karen.

  23. chrissy says:

    you crack me up. why wouldn’t we help you in your evil plan. love this little bags. i hate zippers but think i may give it another try. thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party.

  24. Crystelle Boutique says:

    You and your evil plan! You are so funny! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle

  25. Cathy says:

    I love this pattern & have just made the bag in 2 hours flat – including choosing the fabrics!

  26. Marti says:

    Congratulations, Deby! This was most clicked on project this week, everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing it!

  27. Betty says:

    Oh, I’d much rather be in the Caymans!! I’m a water baby stuck in snow land *sigh* Enjoy your sun and water for me. :) I’ll live vicariously by your photos

  28. stephsgotit says:

    thanks can’t wait to try it!

  29. Suzanne Alexander says:

    Hi Deby -
    Thanks so much for letting me become an evil henchman. I love my new bag and it holds ALL THE PRETTY THINGS. Here’s my project page on Craftsy:
    With your video tutorial, the actual project (not withstanding sewing machine tension issues, small children underfoot issues, large husband underfoot issues, and homework galore) took maybe an hour and a half. And I love it! It’s not a perfect job, but considering how many firsts it took on, it is absolutely perfect to me.
    Thank you again,
    Your loyal hench(wo)man

    • Deby Coles says:

      Yay, Suzanne. Congratulations on your new bag, and on sewing so many firsts. It looks great and thank you so much for sharing. I love to see what’s been made and although its your first try, it looks like you made a great job. Now you know how to do it, the next one will take minutes and you’ll find it so easy you’ll be looking for excuses to sew another!

  30. Katie Adams says:

    This is such a cute bag. Thank you for the free pattern!

  31. Jerri says:

    Can you put me on your mailing list??

  32. Sourpuss says:

    While it’s obvious you and others like your ideas to be liked on Facebook, I’m not liking Facebook, so I’m not going to bribe you to get a pattern I don’t need. In fact, I don’t want anything to do with Facebook and you cannot bribe me to have any contact with Facebook to get a pattern I can figure out how to make virtually any type of cosmetic bag myself. Forcing interaction with Facebook has proved to be a strategy of alienation, Unless your motive is to support Facebook unconditionally, you might want to rethink your strategies. I’ll probably delete my email address from your independent site instead of interact with Facebook. Good luck with your gimmicks and bribery.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Sorry to see you go Sourpuss and sorry that you didn’t see the fun in this idea. Sounds like you really hate Facebook! I would have happily sent you the pattern if you had just asked.

  33. Beverley says:

    Thank you for the free pattern – I’m newly retired and this is just what I need to get myself back at my sewing machine!

  34. willnt888 says:

    It is both pathetic and disturbing that Google Drive does NOT grant immediate access to the file – instead one is prompted to “sign in”…. so one gets a (wrong) impression it is not available unless one has a Google account… I realize the fault is with Google, but, really, can’t you find a more friendly way for distribution (like maybe Dropbox)? (Written by Gigi’s husband, who had to rescue her attempt to get the pattern)…..

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Gigi – over the last 12 months, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to make patterns and downloads easily available to everyone and reliable to download and it seems there is no one way that works well for everyone and on all browsers and devices. I did try Dropbox for a while, but people kept getting problems with their virus software with this one and kept writing to me thinking the file was infected with a virus when it wasn’t. Seeing everyone is familiar with Google and usually has a login, knows Google is safe etc, this seems to be the best way right now. But even with this one, people get confused and see the preview of the front page, and can’t find the rest, don’t realise they have to download it etc, plus the problem you had yourself. With more than 11,000 downloads of my patterns every month, I can assure you its a headache! I’m sorry that there doesn’t seem to be a perfect solution that works for everyone.

  35. Miriam Delaney says:

    Hi Deby, I noticed when you’re making this comestic bag that you used both interfacing and fusible Fleece. Now I have medium weight interfacing, firstly will that do to make this bag? Do I need to use the fleece or can I use two sheets of interfacing? If I need the fleece what weight should I buy? Sorry about all the questions but I’m an absolute noivce. Miriam

    • Deby Coles says:

      I understand Miriam. Being on a small island I only have access to a very limited range of materials, especially for interfacing and fleece etc so that’s why I’m always using the same type over and over again in all my projects. I have a Decor Bond interfacing which is actually pretty stiff and a bit ‘paper-like’. That works out just great on all of my bags. I also have a Pellon fusible fleece for when I want to add some padding or make a bag hold its shape more than just the interfacing alone. You can certainly work with what you have available. Try the one layer of interfacing and see how the fabric feels. You can certainly double up if it needs it. Or interface both the outer and the lining too. When the pattern testing team were working on the Carry All Bag, there were a huge variety of fabric stabilisers used because people all have access to different things. Just a case of giving it a try and seeing how it works out for you. I hope you are happy with the result.

  36. Jean Punt says:

    OK been trying to download now for half an hour..followed all instructions and it will download to the computer ok, but will not show up as pdf…or print. Please help.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hi Jean, sorry you’ve been having trouble. So you managed to download the pattern to your computer OK from Google Drive but can’t open or print it. re you trying to open it in Adobe Reader or a different software. Can you send me an email to deby@so-sew-easy.com with what you are doing, what software you are using and what happens or what error messages you get and I’ll try to help out.

  37. Nikki Weston says:

    Deby, In have just returned to sewing after a long break of years! spent my teens working as an interior design apprentice and have made all soft furnishings, this pattern has been brilliant, really got my groove back! its so easy to use and your video is brilliant too. Thanks so so much


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