My own makeup 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, eyeshadow colors that haven't changed since the early 90's and some supermarket brand lipsticks. 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.
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 makeup 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.
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! It comes with a full step-by-step video tutorial perfect for beginners.
- 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
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Note – you can use this pattern to make bags to sell without restriction, no credit needed.
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