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How To Make Your Own Cosmetic Bag | Fabric & Preparation - Part 2

Updated on September 20, 2012

This is the second part of my tutorial on 'How To Make Your Own Cosmetic Bag'. So if you haven't read "Part 1", I suggest you do that first. That way you'll be better equipped to follow through on this tutorial.

Making your own cosmetics bag can be a rewarding experience. For me the joy of sewing is getting to see the finished product, and even more so, is the thrill of being able to put a smile on another’s face when you present it to them as a gift.

Materials Needed To Make Your Cosmetic Bag

In addition to the free pattern from the Part 1 of this tutorial, you're going to need the following materials to make your cosmetic bag:

  • 1.5 to 2yds main fabric
  • 1.5 to 2yds lining
  • 1.5 to 2yds fusible interfacing
  • 10 to 12 inch zipper (you need one for each bag you plan to make)
  • Spool(s) of thread
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Fabric chalk

Cosmetic Bag - Choosing The Fabrics

For this project , you’ll need at least two pieces of fabrics; the Main fabric, and the Lining. You'll also need some fusible interfacing (optional), and other sewing essentials.

The Main Fabric - For the main fabric, you can choose any of these types fabrics; 100% Cotton, Taffeta, Dupioni silk, Brocade or Denims fabric. If you plan to give this out as bridesmaids gifts, which is one of the reason mentioned in Part 1, and, if you plan on personalizing it with embroidery letters, then you might want to stick with solid colors.

The number of yards needed may vary depending on how many bags you’re planning to make. A good 36” by 60” a yard fabric will give you about 6 cosmetic bags using the pattern from this tutorial (you can get the pattern from Part 1 of this tutorial), while a 36” by 45” a yard fabric will produce about four bags. It is always better to buy at least half a yard over what you need.

The Lining - This will be used to line the inside of the bag. For the lining, a waterproof, nylon-type fabric works perfectly well. You can find this at your fabric store. Be sure to ask an associate at the fabric store to help in choosing this type of fabric.

Fusible interfacing - This is optional. Needed only if you're opting to use a very lightweight fabric. The Fusible interfacing may be required to stiffen the bag or give it structure. You'll need the medium to light weight interfacing.

In addition to the fabrics you'll also need the following:

The Zipper - To secure the bag opening, you’ll need a 10 to 12 inch zipper, that’s assuming you are using my pattern (which is about 8.5 inches wide). The zipper can always be shortened, so don't worry if you have a longer one, that too will do.

The Thread - You want to choose a thread that matches the main fabric at the least.

Sewing Pins - The pins are needed to hold the fabric in place when marking or sewing the fabrics.

Fabric Scissors - To cut and trim the fabrics.

Fabric chalk - To mark the fabric before cutting

Cutting & Preparing The Fabrics

For this project, I have chosen to use black taffeta fabric, a somewhat stiff fabric that doesn't really need fusible interfacing. But since I have chosen to use fusible interfacing to stiffen it even more. Also, for the sake of the tutorial (in case there’s anyone who needs to know how to apply fusible interfacing), I am going to show that step before we begin sewing.

The next step is to cut the main fabric, linings, and fusible for the bag. We'll carefully follow the pattern, making all the necessary markings on the pattern, before cutting the fabrics and fusible.

Cosmetic Bag - Cutting The Fabric

  1. Place main fabric down on a work surface, preferably flat surface, right side up.
  2. To cut the 2 pieces needed, place the pattern - print side up on the fabric, and pin the pattern to the fabric as shown ( Step 1). Note the direction of the pattern is parallel to the selvage of the fabric.
  3. Cut fabric.
  4. Repeat again for second cut. This time pattern should be print side down of right side of fabric. You should now have 2 of the main fabric. Mark wrong side of fabric with fabric chalk/pen wherever necessary, then lay aside.

Repeat steps for the lining and fusible, transfering all marking to the wrong side of the fabrics and fusibles. Once done, you should have two each of the main fabric, the lining, and the fusible, as shown (Step 2).

Step 1

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Step 1a

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Step 2

You should have two each of the main fabric, the lining, and the fusible, as shown.
You should have two each of the main fabric, the lining, and the fusible, as shown. | Source

Applying The Fusible Interfacing To The Main Fabric

To apply the fusible interfacing to the main fabric, you need to do some ironing. So get your iron and ironing board ready! Plug the iron and let is heat up for about 5 - 10 minutes. Align the glossy side of the fusible interfacing with the wrong side of the fabric. Do this by placing the main fabric (wrong side up) on your ironing board, then align the fusible interfacing on top of it, making sure the adhesive side is down on the wrong side of main fabric. See Step 1.

To bond the fusible to the main fabric, gently place the iron down on the fusible, starting from the edges and pressing firmly (do not slide iron over fusible). Now, work your way to the center of fabric until both the fabric and fusible are now fused together as shown (Step 2).

Step 1

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Step 2

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Make sure there are no gaps or bubbles between the fabric and the fusible interfacing. Once that's done, we are ready to start sewing!

If you still need help with applying the interfacing, please what the video below.

Video - Understanding and applying fusibles

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      Anne 

      3 years ago

      Thank you for this pattern. Is there a link to part 3 that mights show the construction instructions?

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Thanks ladyjojo - Great advice. I'm sharing right away.

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      ladyjojo 

      7 years ago

      Very very nice. You should click on share above and share again with followers sometimes they miss it when published.

      Good pics too.

      Take care my sis

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Thanks Nell. I'm working on the actual sewing part. It's been a busy summer, things to do, places to see. It should post soon. Have a blessed weekend!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this was really interesting, seeing how it was actually done. I remember making a cloth jewelry box when I was small, but never seemed to get the hang of making anything else! but I always wanted to, thanks nell

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