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Makeup brush roll made from coordinating fat quarters
This makeup brush roll uses fusible vinyl for easy cleaning and clear vinyl to protect your makeup brushes. This was part of travel set I made using a bundle of 5 fat quarters and includes this makeup brush roll, a makeup bag, and a toiletry bag.

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  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 1
    Step 1

    CUT YOUR FABRIC

    Cut two 11" x 4" pieces . This will be your brush pocket and your exterior top.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using another fat quarter, cut an 11" x 5" piece. This will be your interior bottom.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 3
    Step 3

    Using another fat quarter:

    Cut an 11" x 5" piece for the exterior bottom.
    Cut an 11" x 4" piece for the interior top.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 4
    Step 4

    SEW THE EXTERIOR

    Find your 11" x 4" and 11" x 5" pieces for the exterior top and exterior bottom.

    If you are using ric rac or piping as trim on the outside, mark the seam allowance line, 1/2", down from the top of you exterior bottom piece.

    For ric rack: Center your ric rack over the line. Baste into place just above the 1/2" line.
    For piping: place your piping so the corded part is just below the line. Baste into place

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place your exterior pieces right side together, aligning the edge of the bottom of the exterior top with the top of the exterior bottom (sorry that was a mouthful!).

    Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance.

    If using piping or ric rac, press seam up. If using neither, press seam open.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 6
    Step 6

    Apply fusible batting to the wrong side of the exterior piece following manufacturer's directions.

    If using, topstitch along ric rack or piping if desired.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 7
    Step 7

    If using a ribbon as trim, you have two options:

    No sew: cut a piece of fusible web and stick it to the back of the ribbon. Iron in place over the center seam following manufacturer's directions.
    Note: If your ribbon is polyester/synthetic, make sure to lower your iron setting.

    Edge stitch: Pin your ribbon in place and sew along the top and bottom edges with a long stitch length.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut an 18-20" piece of bias tape for your ties. Double fold, and stitch in place close to the edge.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold bias tape in half and finger press to mark the center.

    Align the bias tape on the right side of the exterior where you want it, about an inch away from the side. I centered mine over my ribbon. Sew into place along the crease.

    Pin ties out of the way for the rest of the project.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 10
    Step 10

    SEW THE INTERIOR

    Take your interior top and interior bottom pieces and pin right sides together.

    Sew with together with a 1/2" seam allowance. Press seam open. Flip over to right side and iron flat.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 11
    Step 11

    Apply fusible vinyl to the right side of the interior piece following manufacturer's directions.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 12
    Step 12

    SEW THE BRUSH POCKET

    Find the 11" x 4" brush pocket piece.

    Fuse the fusible interfacing to the wrong side according to manufacturer's directions.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 13
    Step 13

    Place an 11" strip of double folded bias tape over the top edge of the brush pocket.

    Sew in place close to the edge of the bias tape.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 14
    Step 14

    Using a clear ruler and fabric chalk or disappearing marker, draw out the pockets for the brushes.

    My brush pocket hold 3 big brushes and 4 small brushes. You can adjust yours to fit your needs.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 15
    Step 15

    Align the bottom and sides of your brush pocket with the bottom of your interior piece. Baste into place close to the edge, along the bottom and sides.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 16
    Step 16

    Using your lines as a guide, sew up the brush pockets. When you reach the top of the pocket, stitch back and forth a couple times to secure the pocket.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 17
    Step 17

    SEW THE BRUSH FLAP

    Make sure you don't use your sewing scissors for this! Cut a piece of clear vinyl to 10" x 3 1/2". Use a can (or cup, plate, CD, etc.) to trace and round the bottom corners. Cut.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 18
    Step 18

    Open up a strip of bias tape and align the raw edge to the edge of the clear vinyl. I do no recommend using pins on the clear vinyl, so use clips if you have them.

    I do recommend using clear tape over the metal to the left of the feed dogs to prevent the vinyl from sticking.

    Sew in place on the fold crease of the bias tape, about 1/4" away from the edge. Take your time and go slow around the corners. Since we are sewing vinyl, use a longer stitch length (3mm-3.5mm).

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 19
    Step 19

    Fold your bias tape to the wrong side, and clip in place (use fabric clips, hair clips, binder clips, paper clips...whatever you have on hand)

    Turn your to vinyl to the right side to get ready to sew.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 20
    Step 20

    Sew in place on the right side using a longer stitch length (3-3.5mm).

    When you get to a corner, go slow! Because the vinyl still sticks a bit (even with the tape), stitch 1 or 2 stitches, then with the needle down, lift the presser foot and manually move the vinyl slightly. Lower the presser foot, stitch 1-2 stitches, stop and repeat moving your vinyl again. Do this around both corners.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 21
    Step 21

    Time to press your corners flat. Use a low iron setting and a piece of paper, quickly press the corners of the vinyl (don't leave the iron on the vinyl for more than a couple seconds).

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 22
    Step 22

    Take your clear vinyl piece and center it on the top edge of the interior piece. (There should be about 1/2" space on each side).

    Clip and baste into place close to the edge.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 23
    Step 23

    Find your exterior piece and place it wrong side up. Place your interior piece right side up on top.

    Clip or pin and baste close to the edges around all four sides.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 24
    Step 24

    FINISH EDGES WITH BIAS TAPE

    Unfold your bias tape. Fold down the edge at a right angle as shown.

    Align the edge of you bias tape with the edge of your makeup brush roll, about 2" down from the top of the brush pocket.

    Starting sewing along the fold crease, about 1/4" from the edge. Remember to back stitch to lock your stitches in the beginning.

    STOP sewing a 1/4" away from the corner. Back stitch and cut your threads.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 25
    Step 25

    Time to miter those corners!

    Turn your project so that the side you just sewed is along the top. At the corner, fold the bias tape up at a right angle. Finger press.

    Now fold the bias tape down, using the edge of the make-up brush roll as a fold line guide. Finger press.

    Start sewing again a 1/4" away from the corner (remember to back stitch), along the fold line. Stop 1/4" away from the next corner. Back stitch and cut your threads.

    Repeat the folding at the corner, and start sewing again a 1/4" away from the corner.

    Repeat for the last two corners.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 26
    Step 26

    When you get to the end, overlap your starting stitches by 1/4". Back stitch and cut your threads. Cut off any extra bias tape.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 27
    Step 27

    Re-fold the bias tape over to the other side of the brush roll. It should look nice and neat where you overlapped the bias tape.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 28
    Step 28

    The corners should look nice on the sewn side of the corners

    Turn over. Fold one side of the corner flat as shown. Then re-fold the other side. Pin or clip in place.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 29
    Step 29

    You can pin or clip your bias tape before sewing, but I prefer to hand baste. This helps keep the corners in place while topstitching.

  • How to sew a roll-up pouch. Makeup Brush Roll - Step 30
    Step 30

    Sew bias tape in place on the interior side, close to the edge.

    At the corners, with needle down, lift the presser foot and rotate fabric. Lower that presser foot and resume stitching.

    Unpick all your basting stitches, if you used them.

    And you're done!

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MagicalGirlMaya
MagicalGirlMaya · Dallas, Texas, US · 217 projects
I'm going to have to try this. I hate my current makeup brush roll, not enough room, but I bought it in a store so I guess that's what I get.
Nicole D.
Nicole D. · 7 projects
That's why making your own is so great! You get to customize to fit all your brushes Happy
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