Tutorial: Make A Zippered Cosmetic Bag

Even if you have never sewn in a zipper before, you will be able to make this cute little bag in about an hour and a half. To make it, you’ll need two fat quarters of fabric (18″ X 22″), two pieces of batting that measure at least 8″ X 10″,  one zipper at least 10″ long, scissors, thread, pins and a sewing machine.

You need two fabrics, some batting, and a zipper.

To get started, cut two pieces from each of the fat quarters that measure 8″ X 10″. Decide which one will be the outside of the bag. In this tutorial, the outside will be the puppy print fabric, and the inside will be the yellow prints.

cut two pieces of each fabric and two pieces of batting

Make a “sandwich” using one piece of each fabric and one piece of batting. Make sure the right sides of each fabric are facing out, with the batting in between the wrong sides of the fabric.

The sandwich, with the batting in the middle and fabrics right sides out.

Sew some lines of stitching through all three layers to quilt them. I usually sew from corner to corner in both directions, then do a couple more lines. It is up to you how much you want to stitch.

Make some lines of stitches to quilt the bag

When you are finished quilting both sides of the bag, set one sandwich aside for later.

This is what the quilted pieces will look like

Lay the remaining piece right side up, and place the zipper face down along the edge of the piece.

place the zipper face down, the fabric piece right side up.

Pin the zipper in place with a couple of pins. Then, starting at one end, stitch along the length of the zipper. Open the zipper part of the way to begin. After you stitch a few inches, close the zipper back up so that the zipper pull doesn’t get in the way of the needle and presser foot.

Start stitching with the zipper open

After stitching the length of the zipper, fold the zipper to the inside. Press with an iron.

Fold zipper to the inside

Go back to the sewing machine with the piece, and top stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric.

Top stitch 1/4" from the edge of the fabric

This is what it will look like when  you have finished top stitching:

Top stitching keeps the zipper in place on the inside.

Next, repeat all the steps for sewing the zipper with the other piece of sandwiched fabric. When you have finished sewing in and topstitching the other side of the zipper, the bag will look like this:

The bag will look like this when you have finished the other side of the zipper

Next, fold the two pieces so that the outside pieces of fabric are together, on the inside. Match up the edges, and pin. Make sure the zipper is open half way before you start to stitch.

Fold so that the outside of the bag are facing each other

Stitch along the three sides of the bag, starting at the zipper edge and ending at the zipper edge on the other side. Be careful not to stitch over the hard pieces of the zipper. Stitch the beginning and ending few stitches back and forth a couple of times to reinforce the stitches so they won’t come apart.

Trim the zipper ends, and the corners at the bottom of the bag at an angle.

Stitch around the entire seam again with a zigzag stitch to prevent ravelling of the seams inside the bag.

Stitch along the seam again with a zigzag stitch

Turn the bag inside out, and press with an iron to set the stitches.

The inside of the bag

This little bag can be used for so many things! I use one for manicure supplies, one for jewelry, one for holding toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, etc.

What a cute little bag!

What is your bag going to hold?



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  1. I read this on moms Google reader and didn’t even look at what website it was till I saw it on my Facebook and went wait a minute…. I just saw that! Think I am gonna try it for Stella to put her dry cereal in

  2. Nice job! Good directions. I just might be able to do that. Too bad fat bits up here in Canada are so expensive!

  3. Looks great! I wish I knew how to sew!

  4. SnowflakeDay (Audra) says:

    Awesome; thank you! I’ve been trying to teach myself to sew and these kind of tutorials really help. 🙂

  5. My daughter would love trying to make something like this with me! Thank you for the tutorial. IDK what she would hold in it … as she doesn’t wear make up and I barely ever wear any too but it’s so cute!

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