How to Make a Cute Handmade Makeup Bag Out of Old Denim

Nina's Ideas
by Nina's Ideas
6 Materials
1 Hour

Here’s another great way to upcycle some old denim jeans. Follow along with this tutorial and I’ll show you how to make a DIY makeup bag. This bag could also be used as a great pencil case for anyone heading back to school, or a travel bag for your small electronic accessories.

Possibly best of all – there is no sewing required for these denim recycling ideas.

Tools and materials:

  • Old denim jeans
  • Zipper
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
Cutting the denim pattern

1. Cut your denim

From a pant leg of your old denim jeans, cut a 26 x 14-centimeter (10.2 x 5.5-inch) rectangle on the fold. 

Attaching a zipper

2. Attach a zipper

Open the denim rectangle and cut a zipper to fit the width of your bag.              

Pinning the zipper over the seam

Pin the zipper, face-up, to the inside of your bag, over the seam.          

Pressing the edges with an iron

Turn in the bottom edge of your bag 1 centimeter (0.39 inches) and iron flat.

Attaching the zipper with hot glue

Use a glue gun to apply glue to one side of the zipper, and then fold up the bag on that side and glue the turned-up edge to the zipper.

Ironing the side in place

Iron in place.

How to make a DIY makeup case

Repeat on the other side.

Trimming the excess fabric

With the bag inside out, trim away any excess denim that extends beyond the sides of the zipper.

Sealing the sides of the bag

3. Seal the sides of the bag

Pin and hot glue both side seams of the bag.

Ironing the seams

Then iron those seams.

Trimming the excess zipper

Trim off any excess zipper from the ends.

Making corners for the bag

4. Make corners

For each of the four corners of the bottom of the bag, flatten the corner into a triangle.

Cutting off the point of the triangle

Mark a line 2.5 centimeters (0.98 inches) from the point of the triangle, and cut off the point of the triangle at that line.

Gluing the corners shut

Then glue the corner shut.

Ironing the glued corner

Iron the glued corner.

Handmade makeup bag

Handmade makeup bag

Turn your handmade makeup bag right-side out and start filling it up! You could also use this bag as a pencil case or travel bag. Once you make your upcycled denim bag, leave a comment to let me know what you filled yours with.

There are so many ways to be creative with these DIY denim bags, that you might need to make more than one!

Suggested materials:
  • Old denim jeans
  • Zipper
  • Ruler
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