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CARRY ALL – This cosmetics bag will serve you well at home and when you travel. The fabric can be wiped clean, so it’s practical as well as pretty. Sew one for yourself!

+ Laminated cotton fabric
+ Bias tape
+ Paracord
+ Thread
+ Cord stopper
+ Scissors
+ Chalk pencil
+ Thimble
+ Ruler
+ Tape measure
+ Straight pins
+ Needle
+ Safety pin
+ Quilter’s ruler
+ Pattern template (download here for FREE)

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 1 2

Step 1: Pattern pieces (all include SA): base (printed template); side: 59 × 42 cm (23¼" x 16½"), pockets: 59 × 8 cm (23¼" x 3¼")

Step 2: From fabric, cut 2 base pieces (attention: pattern piece includes seam allowances), 1 side piece, and 1 pocket piece. On base pieces, clip 2 mm (a scant 1/8") at each of the 4 notches.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 3 4

Step 3: Fold bias tape lengthwise so that one edge extends by 1 mm (a scant 1/16").

Step 4: Lay over upper edge of pocket piece, pin in place, then edgestitch in place.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 5 6

Step 5: Fold pocket piece in half, matching narrow edges, right side facing in. Stitch side seam with 1 cm (3/8") wide seam allowance. Press seam open.

Step 6: Stitch side seam of side piece as described for pocket piece, but leave 1 cm (3/8") open in centre of seam (for casing) and leave approx. 7 cm (2¾") open, for turning.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 7 8

Step 7: Pin pocket piece to outer lower edge of side piece, matching side seams. Stitch across pocket piece to create outer pockets, spacing lines of stitching as desired.

Step 8: Stitch approx. 1 cm (3/8") from both sides of casing opening, each approx. 1 cm (3/8") long. Tie-off ends of stitching with backstitches.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 9 10

Step 9: Divide each open edge of side piece into 1/4’s. Mark with straight pins.

Step 10: Pin each base piece to side piece, right sides facing, matching notches of base to pins. Stitch with 1 cm (3/8") wide SA.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 11 12

Step 11: Turn the bag right side out, through the 7 cm (2¾") opening. Sew the seam opening closed by hand.

Step 12: Fold one half of bag to the inside and press fold (near the 1 cm (3/8") casing opening. Topstitch approx. 0.7 cm (¼") from upper edge.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps 13 14

Step 13: Finally, run the cord through the upper edge, using a safety pin as bodkin.

Step 14: Attach the cord stopper and knot each end of the cord.

Cosmetic Bag DIY Steps FINIHSED

FINISHED! Makes a fabulous gift to make for the upcoming holiday season too.


  • Missing

    Dec 9, 2018, 09.35 PMby Vernetta

    I think this is an improvement:

    Lay the pocket piece and the side piece right sides up and divide into sections. Close the side seam of all pieces together. Put the opening for turning near the non-pocket end. After turning, you can machine stitch it closed (it will be on inside). All together about 60 minutes to complete.

  • Firstmedia-paket_large

    Nov 12, 2018, 03.05 PMby muh rafif


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