If you've been reading my blog for a little while you'll know that I've decided that i want to learn how to sew and each month I'm setting myself different projects. I also have a monthly series (see here) dedicated to the process, showing you all the different things that i create.
Alongside the Learning to Sew series, I've decided that I'm going to do individual posts showing you how I've created something. One of the projects i set myself for this month was to try and make myself a little make up bag. I'm a total beginner when it comes to sewing and this took me about 1-2 hours to complete.
You Will Need:
- 2x Fabric of your choice
- A Zip
- Tailor Chalk
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Pinking Shears
The size of the make up bag is entirely up to you; i wanted something that would fit into my handbag nicely without taking up too much space. I used a beauty box to draw around, I'd recommend using something that is bigger than the size you want as once you've taken seam allowance into consideration it ends up a lot smaller.
Take one of your fabrics; fold it in half so right sides are facing and draw around the beauty box (or whatever you decided to use) without tailors chalk. Before cutting, I put a couple of pins inside the markings to hold both pieces together and then cut out using fabric scissors. Repeat this with the other fabric so you are left with four individual pieces.
Adding the zip is probably the most difficult part, i originally bought a zipper foot but I'm clueless as to how to use it so i just stuck to my original presser foot and it worked out fine.
With the fabric you've just cut out; take two pieces. Once side will be the outer design of your make up bag, the other the interior. Place the out fabric on top of the zip and the interior underneath, make sure both fabrics are facing the right way up. With the zip placed between both fabrics, line it up and pin in place.
Taking your time on the sewing machine, sew along in a straight line and remove the pins one at a time to avoid the fabrics moving and keep the stitch as close to the zip as possible. Repeat these steps with the other side and once done, you'll have a functioning zip with the outer and interior fabrics attached to either side.
The next step is optional but before attaching the two sides together to form the bag; i noticed that after adding the zip both my sides where a bit uneven so i decided to sew each side individually to neaten them up before attaching them together. I simply pinned the outer and interior fabric together, did a straight stitch around the edges and then trimmed the edges with pinking shears to prevent any fraying. Repeat this step with the other side.
Then it time to form the bag; it's exactly the same as what you've just done except this time you're pinning both sides together, i decided to do mine inside out to the interior was facing me so that any mistakes would be hidden away on the inside. Once pinned in place, sew around the edges with a straight stitch.
You can stop here if you'd like too, just turn the make up bag back inside out so the interior fabric is now inside and you are left with a cute little make up pouch. I decided to take mine one step further to add a little bit more shape to it.
I don't know the best way to explain so please bear with my whilst i try but to add more structure to the bag, i turned it back inside out and flattened out the bottom corners. I put a pin in place on both sides and did a little straight stitch through the corner. Turn it back the right way and the added stitch in the corner adds a little bit of structure to the bag.
Ta-dahh. We are done. It's definitely not perfect, i know that but for my first time actually creating something and inserting a zip, i don't think i did too badly. I definitely want to try a couple more of these as i definitely want to improve on it, especially the zip part.
If there is any part of this little tutorial that I've not explained well, feel free to message me and I'll help the best i can (all social media links are in the sidebar), I'm definitely no expert and there are also lots of other great tutorials out there that will offer a lot of help.
Other than that though, i love my little creation and i have actually been using this little make up bag, it's been really handy to have in my handbag with a few make up essentials and it barely takes up any space.
What do you think?