How to sew a makeup pouch (with a pop of colour zipper)

How to sew a makeup pouch with a pop of colour zipper | Includes how to add a zipper with clear, easy-to-follow instructions  | Randomly Happy

Guys, you know I love a good pouch. They’re easy to make and do a brilliant job of keeping your stuff from getting all tangled up in your bag (or am I the only one who can’t keep my stuff under control?)

I’ve made a simple pouch to hold a few things, and a full on faux leather pouch with tassels for a night out. But I’ve kinda been craving something in between. Something in a friendly fabric that can hold it’s own in my bag without getting too crushed.

So yesterday afternoon I threw together this bag-sized pouch using some fabric kindly given to me byΒ Dashwood Studios. I added some stiff interfacing (to give it some shape), lined it with some simple cotton (to hide the interfacing), and threw in a neon zipper – just for funsies.

How to sew a makeup pouch with a pop of colour zipper | Includes how to add a zipper with clear, easy-to-follow instructions  | Randomly Happy

I also added a little patch pocket using some more Dashwood Studio fabric (I thought it would be useful for holding my lipstick that always seems to get lost in my bag) and finished it off with a neon tassel (because who doesn’t need more tassels in their life?)

And you know what? I’m pretty excited about the way it turned out. I’ll definitely be using this bad boy to help me stay organised. But what about you, do you have any tips for keeping things under control as you run around? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one whose bags just get overloaded with stuff.

How to sew a makeup pouch with a pop of colour zipper | Includes how to add a zipper with clear, easy-to-follow instructions  | Randomly Happy

 

Material kindly provided by Dashwood Studios. All opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

Make your own simple DIY pouch

You will need:

1/2 yard (or 1/2 metre) of fabric for the outside

1/2 yard (or 1/2 metre) of fabric for the lining

1/2 yard (or 1/2 metre) of heavy-weight iron-on interfacing

scrap of contrasting fabric (for the pocket)

zipper

thread, sewing machine

Making the pouch

How to sew a makeup pouch with a pop of colour zipper | Includes how to add a zipper with clear, easy-to-follow instructions  | Randomly Happy

1. Cut out from your outside fabric, your lining fabric, and your interfacing: a rectangle measuring 13″ (32 cm) by 8″ (19cm) and two triangles measuring 6″ (14cm) tall and 4″ (9cm) at the base.

2. Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of the outside fabric.

3. Place your triangle in the middle of the long side of the rectangle, right sides together. Starting 1/2″ (1.5cm) from the edge, sew the triangle onto the rectangle with a 1/2″ (1.5cm) seam allowance. Stop 1/2″ (1.5cm) from the end.

4. Now to sew the triangle ends of the pouch. To start we’re going to need to turn up one edge of the triangle so that it lines up with the raw edge of the rectangle.

5. Fold the triangle over so that the raw edge of the triangle matches the raw edge of the triangle. Pin in place and sew using a 1/2″ (1.5cm) seam allowance.

6. Cut off the top of the triangle.

7. Repeat steps 3 – 6 for the other side. You may need to fiddle with this edge a bit more, and if it’s proving a bit tricky then you might find it easier to sew on one side than the other.

Congrats! You now have a pouch. Trim off any excess fabric so that your top edges are the same height.

8. Repeat steps 3 – 6 to make a pouch out of lining. Turn the lining pouch inside out and place the lining pouch inside the fabric pouch you made in steps 1 – 7 (with the outside fabric). Both fabrics should have wrong sides together.

Adding the zipper

How to sew a makeup pouch with a pop of colour zipper | Includes how to add a zipper with clear, easy-to-follow instructions  | Randomly Happy

1. Turn the zipper so that it’s teeth are facing away from you. Place the zipper onto the right side of the fabric so that most of the zipper is away from the opening. Pin in place. Sew down one side as close to the zipper teeth as you can. You may need to move the zipper pull to get an even line of stitches.

2. Turn the pouch inside out and open the zipper all the way. Pin the zipper to the right side of the fabric. Sew.

3. Zigzag the edges to keep it from fraying.

4. Keep the pouch turned inside out. Sew the across the short end of the zipper. You may need to press the fabric down to get an even sew.

  1. Reply
    Katie

    Really cute! Definitely trying this, great for Christmas gifts using scraps in my stash.

  2. Reply
    floral and feather

    I always have a few little zip purses in my bag, I can still never find anything though! Like that this one has interfacing to hold it's shape πŸ™‚

  3. Reply
    Christine Borchert

    I'm guessing an 8" zipper? Going to make these with my niece next weekend!

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Hi Christine. Great question. I actually cut a zipper to size so that it fit my pouch perfectly (cut the zipper to the desired length, close the zip with a few hand stitches), but you could use a 7" zipper.

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