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Makeup bag made from coordinating fat quarters
This bag uses up scraps of fat quarters to made the exterior and a fat quarter fused with fusible vinyl to make the easy clean interior. This makeup bag is part of a travel set I made using a pack of 5 coordinating fat quarters. The set includes this makeup bag, a toiletry bag, and a makeup brush roll.

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  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    CUT THE INTERIOR FABRIC

    Cut 2 pieces measuring 14" x 9" for the interior

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fuse fusible vinyl to the right side of the interior fabric pieces following manufacturer's directions.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    CUT THE EXTERIOR FABRIC

    Take your fabric for the bottom band of the exterior. Cut two 14" x 5.5" pieces.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut pieces of fabric measuring 4.5" tall with various widths.

    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.

    Sew together the fabric pieces with a 1/4" seam allowance.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Press seams open. Cut off any excess fabric so that each piece measures 14" x 4.5".

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    OPTIONAL: ADD PIPING

    Find your fabric for the exterior bottom. Mark a line a 1/2" inch down from the top edge of the fabric.

    Align the corded part of the piping just below the 1/2" line and pin into place. Baste the piping in place above the 1/2" line (inside the seam allowance). Repeat for the other exterior bottom piece.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    SEW TOGETHER THE EXTERIOR

    Place the exterior top and bottom right sides together. Pin.

    With your zipper foot, sew with a 1/2" seam allowance, close to the piping cord (if using). Repeat with the other two exterior fabric pieces.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Press seams up.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    One the wrong side of your exterior fabric, fuse fusible fleece following manufacturer's directions. Repeat with the other exterior piece.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    Topstitch along piping using your zipper foot.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    SEW 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.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 12
    Step 12

    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.

    Press exterior fabric and interior fabric away from zipper teeth. Remember to use a lower iron setting and paper when ironing the vinyl side. Do not topstitch yet, that will be done later.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 13
    Step 13

    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.

    Baste into place, starting at the zipper pull end and stopping 1" from the end .

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 14
    Step 14

    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.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 15
    Step 15

    Press the exterior and interior fabric away from the zipper teeth. Take care when ironing the vinyl side.

    Do not topstitch yet..we'll get to that in a little bit. Unzip your zipper halfway.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 16
    Step 16

    FINISHING THE EXTERIOR

    Fold your exterior pieces right sides together. Fold your interior pieces right sides together. Pin the sides only.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew the sides with a 1/2" seam allowance. When you get to the zipper end, tuck it to the inside, taking care not to sew it.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 18
    Step 18

    Pin and sew the bottom edge of the exterior with a 1/2" seam allowance.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 19
    Step 19

    We are now going to box the exterior to give it its shape. Draw square boxes that are 2.5" tall and 2.5" wide on each corner of the exterior. Cut.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 20
    Step 20

    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.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 21
    Step 21

    FINISHING THE INTERIOR

    Box the interior fabric by cutting out a 2.5" square from each corner.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 22
    Step 22

    Enclose the bottom edge of the interior with bias tape, and sew into place.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 23
    Step 23

    Pinch together the corners of the interior. Encase the edges with bias tape and pin into place. Sew in place.

    Repeat with the other corner of the interior, making sure that the bias tape on the bottom seam is pointing the same way.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 24
    Step 24

    Push the interior lining to the inside of the bag.

    We're almost done...

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 25
    Step 25

    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.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Makeup Bag - Step 26
    Step 26

    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!

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