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This bag is perfect in so many ways! The size makes it small enough to take along, but big enough to hold just about everything your heart desires.  The vinyl lining allows for spills and messes to be cleaned up easily, and offers a leak-resistant inner core. It cane even be used as a wetbag for cloth diapering families!

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Step 1: Materials

The finished size of this cosmetic bag is 9″ long, 5″ tall and 5″ wide.

You need:

-Fabric. I used 2 fat quarters and cut them to 14″ by 21″. You don’t have to use fat quarters, just cut 2 pieces of fabric to 14″ by 21″.

-One 14″ zipper

-One piece 14″ by 21″ fusible vinyl

-One scrap piece of fabric 1.5″ by 3″ for zipper tab

Step 2:

Apply vinyl to right side of lining fabric according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3:

Take your zipper and lay it right side down on the right side of your outside fabric. Pin and sew.

Lay your inside fabric right side down, with the edge lined up on the zipper and sew. I usually do these 2 steps as 1, but the vinyl made the fabric slippery and it was easier to do them one at a time.

Step 4:

Open your fabrics to reveal the zipper. Turn the outside fabric back, fold along the edge of the zipper, and iron. **Make sure your iron doesn’t touch the lining fabric with the vinyl. It will melt the vinyl!!

Turn over and fold the lining down. Iron with a piece of paper between the fabric and iron.

Top stitch along the zipper. You’ll need to go slow and help the fabric through because the vinyl will be a little sticky against your machine.

Step 5:

Take the bottom of the outside fabric and fold it back up on itself, lining it up with the top of the zipper.

Pin and sew just like you did above. Then flip it over, take the bottom of the lining, and line it up with the edge of the zipper. Pin and sew.

Step 6:

Now open your zipper and turn the bag with the right sides out. **Leave zipper open for the remainder of construction!

Carefully iron down the outside along the edge of the fabric. the lining will be ironed at the same time, so make sure it’s not sticking out funny. You don’t want to melt your vinyl!

Then flip it over and iron the vinyl side. Don’t forget your paper!

Top stitch down this side, too.

Step 7:

Take your zipper tab, fold right sides together length-wise, and sew at 1/4″.

Use a safety pin to turn right side out. Iron flat with your seam in the middle of the inside. I then like to top stitch down either side.

Turn the bag inside out and lay flat with the zipper in the middle. Fold the tab in half, with the seam on the inside, and pin to the open end of the zipper.

Step 8:

Sew both ends shut using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Mark all 4 corners of the bag at 2.5″ from each edge.

Cut out the corners along the lines you just marked.


Step 9:

Open each corner, and line the seam up in the middle of the flat edge. Sew across. Repeat on all 4 sides.

And for really nice results, when you sew the corners, make sure you sew your middle seam pointing down on both sides. I also like to clip my edges with pinking shears!

Step 10:

That's it! Open your new vinyl-lined bag and enjoy!


Nice one...I like the way this has turned out!
Will the inside have rough edges. If so, is it possible to finish them with the serger.
The insides will have rough edges. You can most definitely serge them, I just didn't own a serger at the time I made the bag. :)
great instructable! Can't wait to make one!
Very nice! Never could find the right size, now I can make it!

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