Art Brush/Makeup Bag




Keep your book bag or handbag free of pencil shavings or mineral powder with this handy little zippered bag--and keep those essentials together for quick access!

Step 1: Materials List

Two pieces of outer fabric 6" x 10"
Two pieces of lining fabric 6" x 10"
Matching thread
9" jean zipper
Sewing machine

(I bought a quarter yard of the two fabrics; I can get three bags from this amount.)

Step 2: Cut the Fabric

You'll need two pieces of each type of fabric, 6" x 10".

Step 3: Stitch the Lining to the Zipper

Press under 1/4" along one side of each of the lining pieces. Sew to the wrong side of the zipper.

Step 4: Stitch the Outer Pieces to the Zipper

Press under 1/4" along one side of each of the outer pieces. Stitch onto the right side of the zipper.

Step 5: Lining Seam

Flatten out the project, outside fabric down. Pull the two liner pieces together and stitch along the long side. Press open the seam.

Step 6: Top Stitch Outer Seam

This is the tricky part--not to do, but to describe. Press under the long edge of one of the outer pieces. You're going to pull it over and stitch it to the other long edge (and to the lining). To stitch it, you'll need to open the zipper; as you get to the end, turn the piece inside out to complete the seam. The finished seam reminds me of the outside seams of blue jeans. It's a top-stitch effect.

You don't want the lining to be bigger than the outside, because it'll bunch. So after you've finished step 5 and pressed the edge of one of the outer pieces, match the inside and outside snugly. Pinning helps, but if you pin it too much, you can't sew it.

Step 7: Stitch the Ends

Turn the piece inside out. Flatten it so that the zipper is centered on the bottom seam. Stitch across both short ends. Clip the corners.

Step 8: Sew the Diagonals

Now flatten the piece so that the corners you just clipped make points, as shown in the first photo here. Open the seams and find the spot where you're measuring 2" across (with the point of the triangle up). Stitch across that 2". You'll do that four times--twice on each end. The third photo shows one of those triangles stitched.

Step 9: Turn It Right Side Out

Yeah, turn it right side out. Press the corners from the inside to give them a little definition.

Step 10: Voila!

And there you are! Fill it with whatever you have, add a little ribbon to jazz the zipper, pop it into your bag, and take off!



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    11 Discussions

    Dr. P

    6 years ago on Step 8

    Glad you like it. It's a good way to use scrap fabric.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I bought the same fabrics at JoAnn's (in the home dec section) so you might want to try looking there.

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ours is having a 50% off Home Dec canvas sale, but I didn't see them. Maybe it's not canvas? Haha.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    While it is canvas-like, it was in the home-dec section and is part of their 45" Home Essentials home dec line.

    Not sure if JoAnn's carries the same designs every where. You could go online ( click on locate in store to see if they carry it near you.

    I used a number of fabrics from this line for a home dec project, and they look really nice together.

    Good luck!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Are you willing to share the name of the main fabric you chose? I'm brand new to sewing. I hope I can make this half as decent as yours!

    1 reply
    Dr. PeuSadnamA

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I can't find any of the selvedges of the paisley, but the stripe is marked "Home Seasons--Beach Umbrella." I think I found them at Walmart, but it might have been JoAnne's. They're both a sort of lightweight canvas. Pick something you love and try to find sale or clearance racks. These quarter yards totaled less than $6. If you're just beginning, Instructables is a great teacher! Good luck, and let us see what you come up with!

    Dr. Pwhopoder

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    They could make them themselves--this would be a good starter project.

    Dr. PPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Well, thanks! It could be made bigger, I think, and in a more dude-ish fabric to become a Dopp kit.