Pin-Up Girl Make-Up Bags




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Keep your make up safe by making a gorgeously glam pin-up girl make-up bag with this simple tutorial.

You will need:
Cover Fabric
Lining Fabric
Fabric Paint / Acrylic
Ribbon (for the strap)
Paper (for the template)
Sewing Machine or Needle + Thread
White Thread
Rhinestone Crystals (optional)

Step 1:

1. Make a template for your bag. It should be atleast the width of your zip. I used an A4 piece of paper, folded it in half and then cut it down to size.

Step 2:

2. Use your template to draw out the shape on to your fabric.

Step 3:

3. Cut out the fabric.

Step 4:

4. Cut out your lining fabric and your cover fabric.

Step 5:

5. Pin the long sides of both pieces of fabric together.

Step 6:

6. Sew up each side using a sewing machine or by hand.

Step 7:

7. Pin the short lenth along the zip.

Step 8:

8. Sew this together. (Be careful not to sew on to the zip as this will snap the needle.)

Step 9:

9. Pin the other side of the bag to the zip.

Step 10:

10. Sew the other side up with the sewing machine. Unzip the zip so that you don't end up sewing the top of bag to the bottom of the bag.

Step 11:

11. Your zip should now be nice and secure.

Step 12:

12. Fold the bag inside out.

Step 13:

13. Sew up the remaining sides. Remember to leave the zip open

Step 14:

14. Trim off any excess fabric or lose threads.

Step 15:

15. Fold the bag inside out.

Step 16:

16. Make or buy a stencil.

Step 17:

17. Use fabric paint or acrylic to paint on the stencil.

Step 18:

18. Add a few crystals and a strap and you're ready to go.



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    13 Discussions


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Hey! Guess what? I found a site that has some great "Pin-up" girls (& more!). It's called You'll find the stencil-looking ones as the font "Famous Folks". I also love "Lost", sooooooo.... they have a font called "Lost Forever". It's got lots of free for personal use fonts. And NO, I have nothing to do with the site, I stumbled across it.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    nice info. But...... where DID you get those awesome stencils of the "Pinup Girls" ? I really love 'em. Help?


    This is what i've been looking for. I sewd(sewed?)a bag a while back and never really found anything to decorate it with. Could you tell me where i could get those stencils or perhaps make my own?

    Von Klaus

    12 years ago

    Use a silk screen, it looks smoother


    12 years ago

    I make tshirts in a similar process apart from i use a hand roller instead of a brush to apply paint (it sponges a lot up but if you are doing a lots of them it works out easier) and also use a 50-50 (ish) mix of acrylic paint and textile medium which you jus need to iron for 2 mins to make it washproof.... dont really see the effort for something that ye arent going to wash that often but its great for tshirts and other fabric


    13 years ago

    If you dont use a liner then its easier to sew the zipper onto you clothpieces first. But you guys prolly knew that already


    13 years ago

    PS, thanks for the pics of zipper attaching...I had not been able to suss that process out b4.


    13 years ago

    I use my printer to print directly on muslin, Use a glue stick or double sided tape to afix muslin to your regular printer paper & run it through on the "other specialty papers" setting. I dunno if it's too terribly durable, doubt it's water-proof, for instance, but it seems like a good match for this project.