Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Envelope Style Makeup Bag Tutorial: Boho Blossom

Quick and easy make-up bag for K with tutorial.

Finished one flip flop beach bag today. Only 19 to go!
K emailed me today and wanted a quick pattern for a make-up bag she can make in one evening.
I found quite a few tutorials and freebies online, but they all had zippers. I thought I would try to come up with one that doesn't have a zipper, since I doubt she has one on hand.
My first one was cute, but way too small. Will have to try it again later.
This one came out very cute and didn't take too long. Here is a quick tutorial. I didn't take many pics but it was pretty easy and I will try to give good instructions.
For this make-up bag you will need 2 FQ's: one outside fabric and 1 lining
Paper to draw your pattern
Stiff fusible interfacing or fusible fleece
Small piece of velcro
One button
I happened to have a template for the envelope top of the bag, but you can draw this, it should be 10" wide at the bottom.

Draw another pattern for the bag body. It will measure 10" across at the top and taper out 1" on each side to make 12" across the bottom.

Cut two of the bag body from each fabric. Cut one of the envelope top from each fabric. Cut 2 of the bag body pieces from the interfacing or fleece and one of the envelope top. Trim these to approx. 1/2" smaller all the way around. Fuse the interfacing to the outside bag pieces.
With right sides together stitch around the curved edge of the envelope top, leave bottom open. Clip curves, turn and press. Topstitch around the finished edge.
Press under 1/2" along top edge of the bag body. Open pressed edge and stitch sides and bottom edge taking a 1/2" seam. Press seams open and turn under the pressed edge.

Open the corner out to form a triangle, make sure that side and bottom seams are lined up. Use a pencil or marker to mark a 2" line across the triangle one each side of bag.
Stitch on line and trim excess triangle away.
Turn and press well.

Make the lining the same way as you did the outside bag. Do not turn. Place the lining inside the bag and line up side seams to match.

I love these fabrics! The outside is Michael Miller Boho Blossom in Orchid and I got the FQ of Michael Miller Fairy Frost from a RQQ swap.
Insert the unfinished edge of the envelope top into the back top edge of bag between the layers. Pin securely. Stitch very close to edge (about 1/8") all the way around.

Position a 1" piece of velcro to match and stitch or glue it in place. I use a heavy duty fabric glue because I am not fond of stitching velcro, but stitching it would be good too.

If you want you can stitch a decorative button on the front, just to add to the cuteness.

I have a ton of ideas for embellishing these little bags with ribbon or rick rack and maybe adding a little hanging loop and bow to the side too. I didn't want to waste any of the Fairy Frost FQ so I made another little bag with ribbon trim and a velcro closed top, I even sewed the velcro in. And I had one 4 1/2" strip left so I made a little cell phone pouch too.



  1. Thank you Mom! I am going to try it tonight. I'll probably be calling you!

    1. I think I shall make this to carry my mini watercolor kit ( a small pad, a tooth brush case of brushes and an altoid paint box) but I hate velcro so I will use a lg press snap to close

  2. I have listed your wonderful tutorial in http://diybaglover.blogspot.com/
    Hope u dont mind =)

  3. Thank you. Heading over to your baglover blog to check it out!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I have also listed this on my freebies for crafters blog if thats okay. I would like to ask how high up the point of the envelope top would be??
    Khris in Oz

  5. That is so cute! I saw this on Freebies for Crafters. I'd love to link to this if you didn't mind!

  6. Thanks Rachel! Love your site! Good job tracking down so many pretty things.

  7. What a great bag!! Love the fabric choice and simplicity of it. Just gorgeous.

    I also added this to my site today, and you can grab an "I've been featured" badge if you'd like.

    Thanks for the great idea!!

  8. Thanks for your tutorial! I was looking for a tute to sew a waist pouch but didn't find that many to begin with and none that I liked. I decided to adapt your tutorial to make my waist pouch. I have added a link on my blog to your tutorial and I have also put up photos of my new waist pouch. I am so happy with it! Thanks again! If you would like to see it, please visit my blog:

  9. this is absolutely precious! I just made it in about 45 mins. It is a bday gift for a friend. She will LOVE it. I think I'll make one for myself tomorrow :-) thanks so much for this awesome and easy tutorial!

  10. so practice!!!!

  11. Thank you for this tutorial. I saw it on Tip Nut, I love all of their free patterns and hints.

  12. I am so impressed at crafty folks! I really need envelope bags like this for a bridal faire we are having in January and I am NOT crafty.

    Do they sell bags like this in lots anywhere? Primarily looking for all black.

    Any help is appreciated!

  13. I love it!!
    Laura from Italy http://chebirba.blogspot.com

  14. Just found this the other day and finally got a chance to try it. I made two today and they are a little of kilter but I love them! Next one I hope will be perfectly straight :)

  15. Thanks for the tutorial. I loove it....!!!

  16. I wish you had taken more picture, because I can barely understand the instructions.

  17. I think I'm starting to get it. Sorry I was rude^ I'm an awful at sewing so it's just me being stupid not your instructions. Sorry it's a beautiful bag.

  18. LOVE IT!! will do some of these as our wedding favors...

  19. I made this, and it came out amazing! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  20. I'll be making some for birthday gifts...but the first one is ALL mine

  21. I wish to add it to my to do list and will use for Gift Card envelopes as i needed.

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