How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Zippered pouches are so very useful – they can be used to hold all sorts of items and they can easily be made in any size. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a very easy zippered makeup bag with a laminated fabric lining which makes it easy to clean in case of spills. Plus I’ll show you a special way to insert the zipper so that it doesn’t bunch up the side seams when sewing thick or stiff fabrics.

Finished size of bag: 8-1/2″ wide x 5″ high

Supplies

  • Main fabric – two pieces 9″ x 6-1/2″
  • Laminated fabric for lining – two pieces 9″ x 6-1/2″ Learn how to make laminated fabric here
  • Fabric for zipper tabs – two pieces 3″ x 2″
  • Medium-weight Interfacing – two pieces 9″ x 6-1/2″
  • Nylon zipper – a few inches longer than the finished purse width

Directions

Iron the interfacing to the main fabric.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Cut the zipper to 8-3/8″ and add fabric tabs to the ends. Learn how to make zippers with fabric tabs on the end here.

Place one piece of lining fabric right side (laminated side) facing up on a flat surface. Position the zipper with the right side facing up along the top edge, centered between the side edges. The zipper is shorter than the width of the fabric and allows for a 1/4″ seam allowance plus a little extra. This means when you sew the side seams.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Place one piece of main fabric right side facing down on top of the zipper. Align all the edges along the top and pin in place.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Sew a 1/4″ seam along the top.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Unfold the sections and press flat.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Do the same for the other side.

How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Open the zipper. Fold the front sections together with right sides facing, and pin. Fold the lining sections together with right sides facing, and pin.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around being careful not the sew into the edges of the zipper tabs. Leave a 4″ opening along the bottom of the front sections so you can turn the pouch right sides out. Normally you would leave the opening on the lining, however it’s difficult to sew laminated fabric by hand, so in this case it’s easier to hand sew the outside of the bag.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Fold the corners to a point, align the seamlines and sew 2″ boxed corners on each corner of the main fabric and the lining. Learn how to make boxed corners here.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Turn the bag right side out through the opening, arrange the seams and carefully poke out the boxed corners. The tabbed ends of the zipper should be open and the side seams should lay fairly flat. Inserting a zipper in this ways helps to reduce the bulk in the seams and is a useful technique when sewing thick fabric such as laminated fabric.

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag

Handstitch the opening closed. Thread a piece of ribbon or a narrow piece of fabric through the zipper pull to make it easy to open the zipper. And of course use beautiful fabric to make your bag!

Free Tutorial - How to Make an Easy Zippered Makeup Bag