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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sew a Makeup Organizer

I'm getting ready to go on a trip soon and it's going to be awesome!  (No, it's not SNAP--sniff--who wants to claim me as an honorary roommate for the event?)  

I've needed a better way to store some of my makeup and brushes and while checking out the options at the store I thought, "I could totally make something like that."   So I did.  And you can too!


  • 2 coordinating fabrics--1 as outer fabric and 1 as inner fabric  (2 fat quarters or 1/3 yards cut)  **Go ahead and cut the selvage off of the one side of your fat quarter, if you're using those....it's the finished edge usually with words printed on it.  Your final width then will be about 21 inches.
  • iron-on (fusible) interfacing 10 x 21 inches
  • vinyl fuse 10 x 21 inches...makes it so you can wipe the inside clean


  • ribbon 30 inches long...melt ends with a match so it won't unravel...please do this carefully! :)
  • matching thread

Cut outer fabric to 10 x 21 inches
Cut inside fabric to 10 x 21 inches and 8 x 21 inches
Iron interfacing to wrong side of outer fabric
Iron vinyl to right side of inner fabric

Fold 8 x 22 inch piece of inner fabric to make a long 4 inch piece.  Pin raw edges to bottom of larger inner piece.  

Measure lines on a piece of freezer paper or tissue paper to use as a guide for sewing the pocket dividers.  

Change these up as needed, but for reference, here are the measurements I used...lines at the following inches from the left:
(the tiny one is where I have my eye pencil)

Secure the paper to the inside fabric layer and sew all the lines from top to bottom, then tear off the paper.
Lay outer fabric (now with sewn pockets) face up and outer fabric face down and pin together.  

Fold ribbon in half and pin the fold into the seam on the left, making sure ends stay in the center to not get caught in any stitches.  Just as a matter of preference, I wanted the ribbon tie to be slightly above center so that it wouldn't cover up any of that pretty peacock on the front :)

Sew around with 3/8 inch seam leaving about 5 inches open.

Trim corners and turn inside out.  You can push corners out to a point or leave them a little more rounded like I did. 
Iron out flat, but remember don't put the iron directly on the vinyl inside!

Top stitch about 1/8 inch from the edge all the way around and add all your goodies to the inside, fold and tie.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Then, because I had so much fun making the first one, I'm working on a second one with some different fabric.  I'm trying to decide if I should make it available for purchase or offer it in a giveaway.  What's your choice?



  1. Giveaway! Lol I used to sew and have lots of fabric. I should make a few of these too.

  2. What a neat idea! I've been wanting to use some vinyl but never tried it... probably should give it a go! And that peacock fabric is awesome. I made myself a purse from that over the summer last year, and saw it again in the store and had to buy more! lol Pinned!
    Popping in from My World Made by Hand link party-
    Kim @ Two Ten

  3. I was just about to buy some oil cloth for a similar project, but now you have me thinking that maybe I will buy this vinyl instead! Oh decisions, decisions!

  4. Great idea! Love the fabric you picked as well! Would love to have you share this at my link party going on!

  5. Great idea! I love the vinyl fuse. I'd never thought to do that before! Thanks for sharing! I’d love for you to visit us at Get Your Crap Together!

  6. Hi Steph, i am actually thinking about making one for a friend. this is great

    thank you so much for coming by my blog and commenting!


  7. Love this idea, and your choice of fabric! Thanks for visiting my site :)


  8. So pretty and I love things to be organized! I say giveaway! :)

  9. Amazing!! Great idea!

    I just started a new "pinteresty" blog and I would love for you to follow me back so that we can continue to share ideas! :)

    Naptime Nothings

  10. You are an inspiration! this looks like such a practical package for travel.... :)

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  11. Too gorgeous! Love it Steph! The peacock fabric is so lovely! Like this you will be always pretty in your trip:D I would like to meet you, tell me when you arrive.
    This weekend Lisbon is plenty of sun :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  12. This is awesome Steph! I just LOVE that peacock fabric!! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    Jenn :)

  13. Great project and adorable fabric! Visiting via the link party at Nap Time Crafters :)

  14. What a beautiful project. It also be used as a c

  15. Beautiful make-up organiser Steph!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. Super cute. I love the fabric you chose.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life

  17. Wonderful tutorial! I loved the outcome!
    Great post!! I included it in my post Βόλτα στη Γειτονιά!!! ...while sewing!! :)
    Have a great weekend!!

  18. Beautiful. My sister made some like this for her paint brushes. Really useful and pretty. Linda

  19. To all my family and friends you have just viewed your Christmas gift. Love it.