Friday, February 10, 2012

I Sewed Some Makeup Bags

I think these came out really well!

What's nice about a project like this is that since the bags are a rectangle you can just use sheets of paper to make a pattern.  I made 3 different sizes to make this gift set.

I purchased most things at Joanns.  The fabric and the zippers at least.  I didn't get a photo of the insides but they are just plain brown.  What's nice about these bags is that the way they are sewn the edges look beautiful inside just like they do outside.  I learned how to make them look nice on both sides by watching this tutorial. 

The only things I would note is that for this type of fabric I found I couldn't sew the zipper too close or it wouldn't open and shut easily.  Also, this fabric frayed easily while working with it so I couldn't really rip out a seam and fix a mistake.  I made a bag the same way out of cotton before and it was MUCH easier.  

Here's a closer look at the little zipper pulls I made before I attached them to the bags.  I just used some beads I had laying around in my jewelry supplies and I think they made an awesome finishing touch.

After spending many hours getting these bags done I really wanted to present them nicely so I made a custom gift box.  Before assembling the box I stamped all over the lid with a Fiskars set called Winter Wishes using Stampin' Up ink in Tempting Turquoise and Chocolate Chip.  I also made a gift tag using my Nestabilities Labels One dies.  The back layer is embossed with the Cuttlebug folder Divine Swirls.  Here's the completed box they went in all tied up with pretty grosgrain ribbon.

So, there ya have it.  A custom gift set of makeup bags.  I'm very pleased with how they came out and think they made a perfect gift.  I may make more in different colors for other friends in the future.  I'm trying to do more sewing :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Margie said...

AWESOME, Amber! They are the fabric and the colors are wonderful!

Jayne said...

These are gorgeous Amber,love the zipper pulls you made as well.Somebody is going to be really lucky to receive them!
Jayne x

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Love your makeup bags! What a great gift idea. TFS. -Tami

DeAnna said...

These are absolutely beautiful!

Missy said...

Amber these look great! The fabric you chose is so pretty, I love the zipper pulls and the matching box---brilliant!!

girlia said...

Awesome job

Michelle said...

These are lovely Amber, you are becoming quite the seamstress.

Cindy said...

Hi Amber,WOW you are AWESOME!These are sooo BEAUTIFUL,I LOVE the pretty fabric,Have a great weekend my friend!:)

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, sweetie! Your bags are beautiful!!! Love how they turned out -- you did a wonderful job on them!!!

Wanted to drop by to say "hi" since my absence. I'll be in and out to see what I've missed as I can!

Hugs, my friend!

Angi Barrs said...

Your makeup bags are fabulous! Love the fabric. :)

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

Great stuff. Just found your blog. I wish I was more creative. I mostly just scrapbook.

Hani@Craftionary said...

what a wonderful idea.. Love the fabric choice and bead zipper pulls.. Great gift idea for someone dear..

cricutalltime said...

wow you did a great job on these the colors and charms.tfs

AmyJRockstar said...

OMGoodness! These are gorgeous! I don't know how you find the time to stay as creative as you do! Saw your comment on Cindy's blog and just had to pop in to say hi! Hopefully we can meet up in March, lovely lady! I'd love to see you again!

Big Hugs,

XO ~ Amy Jo
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com