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How to sew versatile cases for makeup or pencils with Free Sewing Pattern and Instructions

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Follow these instructions to make a multi-purpose pouch for make-up, pencils, or anything else you need to stash and go. This is a create scrap buster project to use the remnants of those beautiful fabrics.

Day 11 of the #12DaysofGiftMaking and we're making make-up cases, that's really multi-functional. This pattern is a really great #scrapbuster pattern. For this one, I used a couple of samples I had in my collection, one was a sample upholstery fabric I had and the other was a sample RiRi zipper I had. I love me some beautiful samples, and have saved them hoping to use them, but really how many uses are there for a 7" long separating waterproof zipper? I don't suggest using a separating zipper, but I just can't say no to a Riri zipper.

You can download the pouch pattern HERE.

Recommended Fabrics:

You want to use a type of fabric that has some body to it. If you use a light-weight fabric, you should interface and line the fabric. To do so, sandwich all the layers together and stitch around the outside with a basting stitch to hold them all together.

Other Supplies:

  • Closed end Zipper (7" or bigger)
  • Bias Tape

For instructions on how to print and assemble your sewing pattern, see this blog article.

Let's get sewing!

Step 1: Cutting

You can use the free pattern size, or calculate your own based on the calculation below. I used a 7" zipper, but you can easily change your pattern for a different size zipper. If you are using a plastic coil zipper, you can use a longer zipper that you sew over to finish.

Lay your pattern out on your fabric and cut your rectangle (or mark and cut your rectangle).

To Calculate a Custom pouch size

Width = Width of zipper from end of stopper to head + 1" (Seam allowance x 2)

Length = (Length of desired pouch x 2) + 1" (Seam allowance x 2)

Step 2: Sew your Zipper

Mark your 1/2" seam allowance with a notch on either end of one of your short ends of the rectangle. Lay your zipper between the two notches with your stitch position 1/2" from the edge, pin if necessary. Using a zipper foot on your machine, sew down the

When you start sewing your zipper, keep the zipper head towards the top of the zipper
After sewing a few inches, put your needle down into the fabric, move the zipper head to the stopper, lifting the zipper head if necessary.

Do the same, sewing down the other side of your zipper.

Step 3: Sew around Bag

When you have finished sewing your zipper in. Choose which side you want to be the topside of your pouch. Mark on the inside, one inch from your zipper opening. This will be your fold line. Pin your pouch flat using the fold line as your marker. Sew down each side of your pouch using a 1/2" seam allowance, make sure you catch the tails of your zipper. If your zipper is longer than your pouch, catch the coil and ends on both sides.

Cut bias tape 1 1/2" - 2" longer than your pouch. Sew bias tape down both sides of your pouch matching the edge of the tape with the edge of your seam allowance. Trim down the seam allowance to 1/8 - 3/16"

Fold the loose end of your bias tape over the top edge of your seam before folding the bias tape over to sew

Sew 3/4 of the way down your seam then stop, lower your needle into the fabric and fold your loose end of bias tape over the end of the seam. Pin to hold.

When you have bound both sides, flip your pouch right side out.

Congrats! You've now finished your pouch!

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