Follow this free step-by-step sewing tutorial to make a super cute and functional cinching DIY make-up bag!
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Today is the day that I get to announce the second giveaway of Share the Love month! I am super excited, and I know you will be too.
When I was first planning out what I would give away each week, I knew I wanted to focus on items I loved and also ones which would be beneficial to any of my readers. (Pssst… I’m still not telling what the next two giveaways are, but they will just keep getting better!).
After the first giveaway of my favorite kitchen tools last week, I decided upon giving away a couple of my favorite beauty products, as well as a beautiful handmade make-up bag. More on that in a moment.
I have been using Beauty Counter make-up for just shy of a couple of years now. I reeeeaaalllly like their stuff.
If you’re not already familiar with Beauty Counter, it is a company which was started from a desire for more transparency and safety in beauty and cosmetic products. Meaning, you won’t find questionable chemicals or those known to be harmful in what they make.
What really convinced me that the need for safer beauty products was important enough to be worth the investment was the consideration of how much and how often I spread make-up and other products across my body’s largest organ– my skin. I want to know that I am using safe products that will not harm my health in the long run.
We aim for safety in what we clean with, for foods that are whole and free of harmful additives and chemicals, but often just assume that what we use on our skin is equally safe. I know I did.
Did you know? The European Union has banned over a thousand chemicals in personal care products because they are deemed unsafe. The United States has partially banned 30.
I’m not going to try to persuade you to make the switch because it is a personal decision. But I did at least want to make Beauty Counter known to you if you’re interested in learning more. You can start with this helpful video, or read up on their products on this page.
My personal make-up routine is VERY simple. I start everyday with a spray of brightening mist. Then on the days I use make-up (about 4-5 days a week) the basics– concealer to hide the bags under my eyes, tint moisturizer on my face to even out my skin, cream blusher (I love this stuff) on my cheeks, and then when I’m feeling extra fancy, eye shadow and mascara on my eyes.
Just so you know, I’m not getting anything in return from telling you how much I like Beauty Counter. So when I tell you that their make-up is really high quality and has actually helped my face to look healthier, you can trust that I am simply sharing the truth. Not only is Beauty Counter safe, but it’s also really great stuff.
The prices seemed high to me at first, but when one tube of moisturizing coverage lasted a little over a year, the price became more reasonable for my budget.
For the second week of Share the Love month, I am going to be giving away two of my favorite Beauty Counter products. Baby balm (hint, it’s not just for babies). And Brightening Facial Mist (amazing stuff).
I chose these two particular items not just because I love them, but also because they are products that virtually everyone can put to use.
The baby balm is great, of course, for babies’ tender skin. But it’s also wonderful for dry and tender skin of all ages. I use it on the excema on my hands. A friend puts it on her children’s chapped lips. It’s a great product to have on hand.
The brightening facial mist is great for all skin types. It helps to brighten the face, set make-up, and to promote healthier skin. I have honestly seen a difference in my skin since I have started to use it. Which is why I want to share it with you.
You can enter to win this week’s giveaway at the bottom of the post! One winner will receive both the baby balm and the brightening mist, AND a handmade make-up bag!
And please, check out Beauty Counter! They don’t simply offer make-up and skincare. They have a variety of safe products for the whole family. Go through this link and help support my friend who is sponsoring this giveaway.
Keep reading for a full tutorial on how to make a DIY make-up bag!
DIY Cinching Make-Up Bag
I designed this bag to be both functional and pretty to look at. Which is how I like most of my things to be.
The bag cinches up to be portable and to keep all your make-up contained. It opens up and lays flat to make it easy to find just what you need!
Tools Needed ::
Materials Needed ::
- 1/2 yd lightweight cotton material for the outer fabric
- 1/2 yd lightweight cotton material for the lining fabric
- midweight interfacing
- 1/4 yd lightweight cotton material for the drawstring (or packaged bias tape)
- 7″ zipper
- 1/2″ elastic
- 2 small eyelets
- 2 drawstring toggle stoppers
- coordinating thread
1. Cut out the pieces.
- 16″ square from outer fabric
- 16″ square from lining fabric
- 12″ square from interfacing
- 2″ x 32″ piece from drawstring fabric
- 6″ piece of elastic
- 7″ x 8″ piece from outer fabric (for the inside zipper pocket)
2. Cut the main pieces into circles.
- Attach the interfacing to the back of the lining fabric, centering it in the middle.
- Fold the lining piece in half, and then half again, forming an eight inch square with the wrong side facing out. Using a tape measure with the end at the folded corner, draw an arc on the fabric eight inches from the folded corner. (See picture below). Cut along the arc you drew to make a large circle. Unfold and press.
- Repeat the previous step for the outer piece.
3. Put together the lining piece.
- Attach the elastic. Find the center of the lining circle. Place the 6″ strip of elastic just below the center of the lining. Pin in place. Put a pin in the center of the elastic. On one side, place two pins between the center and the end. On the other side, place one pin between the center and the end. Sew a line where each pin is located, backstitching when you start and when you stop. Satin stitch the ends of the elastic to the lining piece. (See pictures below).
- Make the zipper pocket. Take the 7″ x 8″ piece you cut in the first step and fold all four sides in towards the wrong side 1/2″ and press. Fold one 7″ side in again 1/2″ and press.
Place the 7″ side that you only folded in once on the bottom edge of the zipper. Edge stitch the top edge of the pocket piece to the zipper. (See pictures below).
Fold up the bottom of the pocket piece (the 7″ side you folded in twice) so that you can tuck the top edge of the zipper under the double folded side of the pocket piece. Trim any excess on the end of the zipper. (See pictures below).
- Pin the zipper pocket to the lining circle. Find the center of the circle and pin the pocket just above the center. Satin stitch around the perimeter of the pocket. Edge stitch along the top edge of the zipper. Sew back and forth on the end of the zipper if you had to trim the end so that the zipper does not come off. (See pictures below).
4. Make the bag.
- Place the outer and lining circles right sides together. Sew a seam 1/2″ from the edge around the circles, leaving a 3″ opening for turning. Clip the seam allowance every inch around the circle. (See pictures below).
- Turn the bag right side out, press out the curved seam with your fingers, and press the seam. Edge stitch close to the edge around the circle. Then sew another seam an inch away from the first seam to make a 1″ casing for the drawstring. (See pictures below).
5. Insert the eyelets and the drawstrings.
- Place the eyelets directly across from each other on the circle. Cut a small slit in the lining fabric in the space for the drawstring casing. Be careful not to cut through to the outer fabric. Insert the eyelet pieces and attach. (See pictures below).
- Repeat previous steps for second eyelet.
- Make the drawstring. Cut the 32″ x 2″ piece of material in half to form two long strips. Make each into bias tape (either by manually folding in the long edges, or using a bias tape maker). Fold each bias tape in half lengthwise to conceal the raw edges, and sew down the length of the bias tape.
- Use a safety pin to insert the drawstring into the casing. Feed the drawstring through one half of the circle, pulling it out the opposite eyelet. One drawstring will go through half of the casing, entering and exiting at the eyelets. The other drawstring will go through the other half of the casing.
- Put the ends of the drawstring through the stoppers.
6. Fill with make-up!
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Share the Love Giveaway!
For the second giveaway of Share the Love month, you have the chance to win two of my favorite Beauty Counter products, as well as a cinching make-up bag!
Enter the giveaway using the entry form below. The giveaway will be open from Thursday through Monday. A winner will be announced on Tuesday! This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US.