Once you get the hang of making these zippered bags you won't be able to resist recreating these a hundred times! The creative possibilities are practically endless. 
I used a metallic linen for the outside of the bag, which helps amp up the glam. Adding the interfacing to the outer fabric helps give this bag some stability. You can also use a fun print or a canvas for some other options :) Also try adding a contrasting lining for some extra style points. 

Happy Sewing! 

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  • 1/4 Meter of Woven Fabric (Outer)
  • 1/4 Meter of Woven Fabric (Lining)
  • 1/4 Meter Fusible Medium Weight Interfacing
  • 9" Zipper
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Zipper Foot
  • Scissors


When printing the template make sure to turn off the "Fit to Page" on your printer settings. 
You will want to cut two pieces for your outer bag, two pieces for your lining and two pieces for your interfacing. 
Fuse the interfacing to both the outer pieces. 
Place your zipper face down on the outer piece.

Place the one lining piece on top and pin in place. 
Switch out your regular zipper with a zipper foot. This will allow you to sew close to the zipper teeth!
Sew down the zipper, through all three layers ( Outer, Zipper and Lining). Use the zipper foot edge as a guide for your seam allowance. 
 It can be very tricky to sew around the zipper pull so to make it easy before you reach it, stop sewing and open your zipper to move the pull out of the way. Continue sewing to the end. 
Press your outer fabric and your lining away from the zipper. Topstitch sewing around 1/8" from the edge of the fabric. This will prevent the lining from getting caught up in your zipper. 
Repeat the process for the other side. Lay your zipper face down on your outer piece. Your zipper pull will be on the opposite side as before. Lay your lining piece on top of your zipper and secure with a few pins.
You will have sandwiched the completed side in the middle. 

Sew as you did the other side. Remember to move the zipper pull out of the way, and continue stitching. 
Topstitch 1/8" away from the edge. 
*Make sure you open the zipper at this stage otherwise you won't be able to flip it right side. *
Flip your pieces so that the out pieces are right sides together and your lining pieces are right sides together. Make sure the zipper tape is facing towards the out pieces. 
Make sure everything is lined up and pin to secure. You want to starting sewing on the lining portion and continue sewing around the entire bag. Make sure you leave an opening at the bottom of the lining through which to flip the bag. 

Make sure you don't hit the metal zipper stops with your needle. If you sew 1/2" way from the edge you should be fine. 
Position your corners so that your bottom seam lines up perfectly with the side seam. Pin and sew across about 1" away from the corner. 
Repeat for all corners including the lining. 
Trim the excess fabric away to reduce bulk. 
Flip the bag right side out. 
Stitch up the hole in the lining. You will find the edges naturally want to flip towards the inside. Sew it closed with your machine, stitching as close to the edge as you can. You could also slipstitch it closed. 
Make sure to poke out all the corners!


01/12/2017 4:29am

Great post!

01/26/2017 9:28pm

Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! I really love how practical it is to make this on your won. I would love to try do this as well. I can use this not only as a makeup bag but it can be purse or something that will be really useful for me. However, I am not really that good in sewing. Well, maybe I would just seek for other's help at that part. Anyway, thank you so much for this once again!

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01/20/2017 6:57am

Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us. Now, I can make my own makeup bag. I've already wasted a lot of money buying small bags. With this tutorial, I can save money by making my own bags. Plus, you can have a business by just making and selling it.

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03/01/2017 11:48am

I have some problems with zip. But now I see how to deal with it. Thank you!


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