How to Sew a Makeup Bag Out of DIY Patchwork Denim Fabric

JRenee DIY
by JRenee DIY
10 Materials
2 Hours

These patchwork denim DIY makeup bags are simple to make and a really cute way to keep your makeup together! This tutorial gives you all the steps to sew two makeup bags in two different sizes, to hold all of your makeup!

Tools and materials:

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Two 9-inch zippers
  • Scrap denim fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Zipper foot
DIY makeup bag sewing pattern

1. Make your makeup bag patterns

Tape pieces of paper together to get a 10 x 14-inch rectangle and draw out that rectangle on the paper.

Cutting out the DIY makeup bag pattern

Cut out the rectangle.

DIY makeup bag paper patterns

Measure, draw, and cut out another smaller rectangle, measuring 6½ x 10 inches.

Cutting denim pieces for patchwork

2. Make your denim patchwork

Cut all your denim into rectangles, in a variety of different sizes, and lay them all out on your work surface. Organize these rectangles into piles with similar heights.

Sewing the denim rectangles to make patchwork fabric

Now sew the piles of denim rectangles into long rows. Then, lay the rows out and trim the long edges so each row has nice, straight long edges.

One large denim patchwork piece

Sew all the rows together into one large denim patchwork piece.

Cutting out the makeup bag pattern

3. Cut out your denim makeup bags

Lay your 10 x 14-inch pattern piece on top of the denim patchwork and cut out that rectangle from the denim. 

How to make a makeup bag

Fold the remaining denim patchwork and place your 6½ x 10-inch pattern piece with one long edge along the fold of your denim. Cut out that piece.

Cutting out the makeup bag lining

4. Sew your first denim makeup bag

Cut out a 10 x 14-inch rectangle from your lining fabric and place it on top of the matching denim rectangle, with wrong sides together.

Pinning the pattern ready to sew

Sew an overlock stitch around all four edges.

Attaching the zipper to the fabric edge

5. Attach the zipper

Pin one zipper to the top edge of one short side of the fabric.

Pinning the zipper to the other of the fabric

Now, fold the other side of the fabric up to meet the zipper, and pin the other side of the zipper to the other side of the fabric.

Using a zipper foot to sew the zipper

Use the zipper foot on your sewing machine to straight stitch the zipper to the fabric.

Sewing the side seams

6. Sew the side seams

Refold your fabric so that the zipper is right in the center of it, and pin along the open edges to hold it in place.

How to sew a makeup bag

Straight stitch along the open edges.

Making the box corners

7. Make box corners

Flatten the corners and measure 1 inch in from each corner. Draw diagonal lines at the 1-inch mark for each corner.

Sewing the box corners

Sew each corner on the diagonal line you just drew.

DIY makeup bag tutorial

Trim the hanging threads and then snip off the excess fabric from the corners.

Turning the bag right sides out

Turn your bag right-side out, push out the corners and tuck the zipper inside.

Easy DIY makeup bag

8. Sew your second makeup bag

Repeat steps 4 to 7 with your other piece of denim, for a smaller DIY denim patchwork makeup bag, but this time keep your zipper at the top in Step 6.

How to sew a makeup bag

How to sew a makeup bag

Now you’ve got DIY makeup bags in two different sizes that together will hold all of your makeup products, no matter their shape!

Enjoy having your makeup well organized and stored and leave a comment to let me know how you liked this DIY makeup bag tutorial.

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  • Ruler
  • Marker
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  • Bet ! Bet ! on Mar 31, 2022

    Love them ! I used to make similar , on a bigger scale & with handles , for craft .Especialy for knitting , crochet & embroidery ! Well done .. 😍

  • Susan Susan on Apr 05, 2022

    I like the idea. I am just getting back into sewing and this seams (get it?) like a great idea to make for my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing.