Easy DIY Makeup Bag Tutorial

10 Materials
1 Hour

Today, I’m showing you how to make this easy makeup bag with a zipper and contrast lining.

Use any non-stretch fabric you like, even vinyl. You only need two fat quarters.

Tools and materials:

  • 18 x 21 inches (fat quarter) or 45 x 53 cm of fabric and contrast lining
  • 12 inch (30 cm) zipper
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot
Preparing fabric

1. Prepare the fabric and lining

Fold the fabric and lining in half and trim them to 8 inches by 10 inches (20 by 25 cm).

Preparing fabric

Cut two pieces each 2 inches (5 cm) long from the folded scrap lining.

Preparing fabric

Press the shorter ends towards the center.

Preparing zipper

2. Prepare zipper

Measure 8 inches (20 cm) along the zipper.

Preparing zipper

Open the zipper and tape the top and bottom.

Preparing zipper

Cut the zipper at the marks.

Preparing zipper

Sew the two pieces of lining over the ends of the tape.

Inserting zipper

3. Insert the zipper

Place the zipper right side up centrally on the top edge of the right side of the lining.

Inserting zipper

Put the outer fabric on top, right side down, and sew close to the zipper teeth using your zipper foot.

Open out the fabric and lining right side up. 

Inserting zipper

Put the edge of the outer fabric on the free edge of the zipper tape.

Inserting zipper

Fold the lining up to the underside of the tape and sew through the three layers. 

Side seams

4. Side seams

Open the zipper.

Sew the side seams of the outer and lining separately. 

Leave a small opening on one side of the lining.

Turn the bag right side out through the opening and sew the opening closed.

Tuck the lining inside the bag.

Side seams

Easy DIY makeup bag

Topstitching the zipper seams stops the fabric getting caught in the teeth, so it’s an extra step you can take if you want.

Easy DIY makeup bag

Easy DIY makeup bag tutorial

This is a perfect project for beginners to practice inserting zips. What do you think? Comment down below.

Next, learn How to Sew a Zipper Pouch for Beginners.

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Suggested materials:
  • 18 x 21 inches (fat quarter) or 45 x 53 cm of fabric and contrast lini
  • 12 inch (30 cm) zipper
  • Sticky tape
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