Hello my dear friends! One more “2 in 1” Make-up Bag is ready and lots of photos taken, so I’m ready to show you how I make these bags. If you see these first time, have a look here, what I mean ‘2 in 1’.
Lets start! Fabrics that I have used for these bags, are from Ikea. They are a little bit thicker fabrics like ‘canvas’ which is great for bags.
First we cut all the pieces we need. If your fabric has some cute and funny pictures, take care how to cut your pieces so, that you can have those special parts of the fabric in a place where you like.
These pieces we cut from the main (print) fabric, fleece and thin cotton:
– front piece 8″ x 6,5″
– back piece 8″ x 6,5″
– bottom & sides 21″ x 4″
Pieces for the lining are:
– front 8″ x 6,5″
– back 8″ x 6,5″
– bottom and sides 21″ x 4″
– pocket 8″ x 6 1/4″
Piece for the cover (valve) from the main fabric: 6,5″ x 8,5″
Binding: 3″ x 24″ (about 23″ but I cut a little bit more to be sure that it’s long enough)
Pin all three materials (print, fleece, thin cotton) together.
Quilt as you like and trim the edges.
Now find the middle of every piece. Start to pin the front piece to the ‘bottom & sides’ piece from the middle and continue to the sides.
Sew this and then do the same for the back piece. Corners are a little bit difficult – sew slowly and move your fabric so that you can turn in the corner.
Then we make the cover. If you like to put a label, sew that first. Then fold the piece double and sew two short sides. Before you close the long side, add the loop for the button. I made the loop with hair-loop.
Sew first the pocket. Fold the piece double, sew two sides, turn around and sew the last side to close ‘the pouch’. Then sew the pocket on its place.
Sew the lining like you made the main bag. Trim the edges if the sides are longer than the front and the back.
Catching the bag with the lining, I begin from the side seams. Like that it’s easy to get the lining in the right place.
Fold double the piece for binding and iron it. Pin it inside the bag. Now you have there the bag, lining and the binding all together.
Cut the binding for the right lenght and sew the edges. (You need to remove some pins and then add them again after sewing the edges). Sew around from inside.
Now it starts to look like a great fabric basket …
Now turn the binding outside and pin it around.
Pin the ‘cover’ piece with the binding on the backside.
Sew all around and there you are …
Well done! Your ‘2 in 1’ make-up bag is almost ready! Only button is missing and I guess that you can find from you ‘button tin’ … find a big one!
This make-up bag / basket is so wonderful! I’m surprised how great it became – and really practical! As you can see I have made already many of them. The little crab and one bird will stay with me but the others are going to find new homes. I have now a little bit passion and obsession with this bag – I want to make many more!
What you think, could I name these bags ‘Tsantaki’ – or does it sound too strange to you? Small bag in Greek is ‘tsantaki’. Or perhaps it could be simply ‘2 in 1’ Make-up Bag? You have helped me many times with names so I would like to hear your suggestions again!
I hope this tutorial helps you to make your bag! If you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer! If you like this bag but don’t have inspiration to make on your own, after my holidays I shall fill my etsy shop with new bags!
I shall fly to Finland for new ideas and inspiration and my shop will be closed 20.4 – 7.5.2012. I have still enough days for few posts and I shall show you finally my ‘Dream Quilt’!
Those little basket-bags are just the best, and the fabrics are unique–the one with the bird and the boat is especially charming. As attractive as they are, one could leave them on the dresser or bathroom counter full time. Lady Caroline thinks she could use one for little personal accouterments thus keeping them secure from the bandits who pay no attention to personal property. : )
Thank you so much for your sweet message! That was my thought also – to keep the bag as a ‘basket’ in bathroom and take it also with me if I happen to travel! I think Nero would love to have one full of his ‘desserts’! x Teje
Ps. The bird with the ship goes to the shop.
Those bags are perfect! I love the fabric you chose for them too.
I really am envious of sewing skills. I see your posts and I am so inspired then I sit at my sewing machine and get get all left thumbed.
This is a fabulous make up bag / basket!!! Love the fact that it can be used as both… no need to repack everything when you travel. As always, Teje, your fabrics are stunning!!! Thanks so much for sharing the easy to follow tutorial and thanks for linking up with Threading My Way…
What a great tutorial, thank you so much for sharing! Pretty&functional, could it be ANY better? And sorry for the english-speaking ladies and gents but: Ihanaa että kotosuomen lomasi häänöttää, jippii! Olen tilannut aurinkoa ja lämmintä lomasi ajaksi, tervetuloa!
Thank you Mia! Kiitos etta ajattelet tuloani! Saa ei kylla onneksi koskaan haittaa lomaani Suomessa. Ei haittaa vaikka sataisi – taalla on ihan liiaksi kuumaa ja aurinkoa koko kesan. Voisikohan olla mitaan toivoa tavata?!
Teje – you are so clever. And you say it’s an easy bag – but I could NEVER have designed it myself. So what is easy to a clever, wonderful woman like you is not necessarily easy for a silly wordsmith like me. One of the things I love about you is that you are so generous to teach us all these things. I would love to kiss Nero on the nose. We are so busy around here these days, I hardly have time to read!
Thank you so much! You made me blush with your sweet words! I love to read, too – I can’t write stories – but I love to make my own small stories about these things I make and I enjoy telling and showing them. The lady in the local yarn shop said once to me that it’s too bad I don’t have children to teach them what I learnt from my mom – so my blog is great place to share what I have learnt.
I kiss Nero’s nose for you, as I do every day! Last night he was sleeping next to me, because he was so scared about the ‘Easter celebration noises’!
I hope you find time to read – I know how important that is to you! Happy week! x Teje
Thank you Ros! I have now so much energy to sew but not enough time! Today we had Easter lunch (all the day) with the family and friends and still in the evening I couldn’t make myself not to continue one project and I just finished it!
Have a great week! x Teje
I have just found you via Facebook and it was your butterfly pattern that started it all but I love your quilting and this is a great idea that I look forward to trying as I would like to start quilting but not had the courage to have a go yet but I think 2013 is the year to try. Your tutorial makes it so straight forward. thank you again and I will watch out for more of your fabulous work xx
Thank you Heather! I’m happy to hear you like my works and I do hope you start quilting because it’s so much fun! I use a lot these small bags – for my make ups and also for sewing and crocheting. Unfortunately my fb page is locked and I can’t use it. I noticed that I got lots of visitors from fb (exited about the butterfly). Sunny wishes! x Teje
I have just found your website and it is very colourful. I like your bag so much that I am going to try to make one for my daughter. Did I see in one of the posts that you live in Crete ( maybe I was seeing things)?
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