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DIY Round Drawstring Makeup Bag (VIDEO)

The trend is for round drawstring makeup bags these days. They are so much easier than cosmetics pouches where you have to dig for what you need. With the circular drawstring cosmetics bag you simply loosen the drawstring, flatten in out and you have everything in plain view to use as you wish. This DIY makeup bag comes with an optional carry handle and flip over tab to keep it safely closed. What a winner!

how to make a makeup bag

Follow our easy step by step tutorial to make this round drawstring makeup bag, for yourself and as gifts for teenage girls, and friends.

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial how to sew a makeup bag with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a makeup bag

Round drawstring bag supplies and tools

supplies to make a drawstring makeup bag

  • fabric – 2 pieces of 100% tightly woven cotton (one main, one lining)
  • 60″ single fold bias tape (or make your own)
  • 80″ silk drawstring
  • 1/2″ wide velcro piece
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine

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How to Sew a makeup bag

Watch the diy makeup bag video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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DIY Drawstring Cosmetic Bag INSTRUCTIONS:

Cut the fabrics:

for the bag:

  • 16″ (40cm) circle out of main fabric
  • 16″ (40cm)  circle out of lining

for the tab:

3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ (9 x 16.5cm) – cut 2 pieces out of main fabric

You’ll also need

  • 60″ (152.5 cm) single fold bias tape
  • 80″(200cm) silk drawstring
  • 1.5″ long, 1/2″ wide velcro piece (3.5cm long x 1.5 cm wide)

for the optional handle: 3 by 7 inches (7.5 x 17.5cm) out of main fabric

For those who asked for a downloadable makeup bag pattern: you don’t really need a PDF drawstring makeup bag pattern, because it’s basically 2 circles of fabric, and all you need is the cut list above. I’m a strong believer in sustainability and I try to reduce paper waste as much as possible.

STEP 1: Make the tab

tab of the cosmetic bag

Create the tab to fasten the drawstring makeup bag first. Cut out the shape from the fabric rectangles by just rounding the top corners.

Place the two pieces right side to right side and stitch right round, leaving a gap of two inches on one of the long sides. Make tiny V cuts into the fabric on the curve so it will lie flat when turned, making sure not to cut too close to the stitch line.

(optional) If you want the tab to be more sturdy, add fusible interfacing before rounding the corners. Iron on the fusible interlining to the wrong side of one of the pieces.

STEP 2: Topstitch the tab

making the tab of the fabric makeup bag

Turn the tab the right way out, poking out the corners and press flat, turning in the raw edges at the opening by ¼ inch and pressing flat. Top stitch all around the edges.

STEP 3: Stitch tab to the outer layer

sew the tab to the outer layer of the diy makeup bag

Take the circular piece of outer fabric of the make-up bag and measure 3 inches from the edge, ensuring the edge of the tab is placed straight on the fabric. The curved bit will be projecting beyond the edge of the fabric. Sew the tab in place on the short straight side, back tacking at the start and finish.

STEP 4: Add the bias tape

sew around the makeup bag

Take the bias binding and open it out at the ends, pressing a ½ inch (12mm) fold over on both ends of the tape and stitch ¼ inch (6mm) from the edge so as the drawstring moves it doesn’t pull out a frayed edge. Open the tape so the two raw edges are placed facing the raw edge of the lining circle, with the fold facing the inner part of the circular fabric. Pin the one end in place, pin all around the bag and at the end , pin the other end of the bias tape ½ inch (12mm) away from the other end.

STEP 5: Sew

Stitch the bias tape to the lining right around the edge.

STEP 6: Assemble

assembling the drawstring makeup bag

Place the outer piece of the makeup bag fabric with the right side facing the right side of the lining. Make sure the tab you stitched on the outer piece is folded into the center of the fabric so it does not get caught up when sewing the edge, and line up the section where the tab is with the ½ inch (12mm) gap left in the bias binding. Now pin right round, leaving a 2 to 3-inch (5-7cm) gap anywhere on the circle, except where the gap is in the bias binding – you want to sew that section closed.

STEP 7: Topstitch around the round makeup bag

topstitch around the makeup bag

Stitch right around the edge so the inner and outer are stitched together and the bias binding is inside the circle. When you are done turn the right way out, poking out the circle so it all lies flat and the drawstring casing formed by the bias binding is outside.

STEP 8: Insert the cord through the channel

round cosmetic bag - insert the cord

Thread the drawstring through the casing and finish with a bead or a knot so the drawstring does not pull back into the casing.

STEP 9: Sew on the velcro pieces

sew around the velcro piece of the homemade makeup bag

Pull up the drawstring, flap over the tab and see where you should place the Velcro to secure the tab, using an erasable pen make a mark on the inner side of the tab, and a corresponding one on the bag, spread out the drawstring and stitch the matching bits of Velcro neatly to the tab and the bag, so the flap stays closed.

If you don’t need a handle, your bag is not complete. If you want to add a handle, proceed with the next, final step.

STEP 10: (OPTIONAL) Add a handle

If you want to attach an optional handle this can be done. Simply cut a piece of fabric 3 by 7 inches (7.5 x 17.5cm), fold in half, right side to right side along the longer side, and sew closed leaving an opening of 1 ½ inches (3cm) on the open long side. Trim excess fabric by cutting across the corners.

Turn out through the opening and poke out the corners so it lies flat then press, tucking under the raw edges of the opening and top stitch all the way around 1/8 inch(3mm) from the edge.

Loosen the drawstring of the bag and place the handle on either side of the tab where it is stitched to the makeup bag. Measure carefully so the ends of the handle are in line with the stitch line of the tab and on either side of it. Mark a one-inch square on either side of the tab. Place one end of the handle over it and stitching through both the outer and the lining, attach by sewing right around the edge of the one-inch square and make a stitched X through the middle so it won’t come loose. Repeat with the other side of the handle.

pull the drawstring to cinch up the diy makeup bag

That’s it – your drawstring makeup bag is ready! Load it up with make up, pull up the drawstring, place it in your handbag and you are ready to go!

DIY Makeup Bag FAQs:

Q: Can I use a PVC for the lining of the bag?

A: This is not advisable as you will see the seams from the inside, and it will make the bag too stiff. Rather use a dark fabric that will not show up marks should any make-up spill on it, and wash regularly.

Q: Can I make the bag with a double drawstring?

A: Yes, you can by cutting the bias binding into half – so you have two equal lengths. Open out, fold over and secure both ends of the two halves. Fold the lining circle in half and mark on either side of the circle and attach bias binding as you did for the single drawstring, except this time you will be leaving ½ inch open at the marks you have placed ( ¼ inch on either side of the mark. Thread a drawstring through the top half of the binding and another through the bottom half. Simply draw up both ends on one side and secure with a bead or knot, then repeat on the other side.

how to sew a round makeup bag

The circular drawstring makeup bag is so much more convenient to use as you can lay everything out in one spot, apply make-up, and simply draw up the string and stash, instead of poking around in the dark recesses of zippered make up bags. It’s also super easy to wash and dry, so you always have a clean round makeup bag. They make great gifts too – especially if you add in a couple of make-up items. To get more exciting sewing ideas directly in your in-box just hit the subscribe button below.

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 25 comments
Zuzanna - August 28, 2021

Hi, Helen!
This time I am the clueless reader who can’t find the download for your drawstring make-up bag! Can you help me?

You are right this will make a cute Christmas gift!. Sorry to take up your precious creative time…

    Helen - August 30, 2021

    Hi Zuzanna, it’s my bad! I’ve been meaning to make a pattern, but decided against it. All you need are two 16 inch circles of fabrics (one main, one lining) and two rectangles 3.5 x 6.5″ each for the tab. Then you just round off the edges of the small fabric pieces. That’s it

      Zuzanna - August 31, 2021

      Thank-you, so much, Helen!
      Wishing you a lovely day with the perfect mix of sunshine and cooling breeze.

Esmé Slabbert - September 4, 2021

Thank you very much for your participation and linking your blog posts to SeniorSalon

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    It’s my pleasure, Esme. Thank you so much for commenting

Julie - September 5, 2021

Such a great tutorial, I love a photo tutorial myself and your step by step pics are perfect and so clear, thanks.

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    That’s just awesome, Julie! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! I love your handmade project too

Chickenruby - September 5, 2021

Lovely to see you back, hope all is well. I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while now. Thanks for joining in with #pocolo

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Hi Ruby, thank you for the encouraging message. I’ve been super busy with my blog lately and some big renovations at home, which meant very limited screen time for other fun activities. I’m glad you are inspired by my recipes.

Rhondda Mol - September 8, 2021

Hi Helen 🙂 This is another great project. Your tutorial posts always make sewing seem so easy! Thank you for linking up at our weekly Link Party! You are being featured at our Wednesday Party #415 this week. Here’s the direct link to the post in case you’d like to share your feature: All the best, Rhondda

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Wow, thanks for the feature, Rhondda! I really need to catch up and I’ll definitely share the feature – I’m honored that you picked my pattern as a favorite

Stephanie 139a - September 9, 2021

These look super cute! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Great to hear that, Stephanie! Thank you for your lovely comments.

Corey Winter - October 12, 2021

Such incredible advice from so many awesome sources! I love it!

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Aren’t these makeup bags the best! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Corey!

Michael NY - November 17, 2021

Thank you so much for this pattern. I have not yet seen one of these types of bags with a handle! Too cute

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    Thank you for your compliments! A handle is really convenient on this bag. I hope you’ll love all the projects that you will try.

Shirley - December 2, 2021

Made the bag according to the instructions. I am perplexed, however, as the drawstrings don’t close the hole in the bag so stuff can still fall out. What did I do wrong?

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    I’m not sure you did anything wrong. There is still a small hole on top by design, so you can push the loose end of the drawstring inside. This also keeps the stuff from falling.

Susanne Bell - December 3, 2021

Thanks, Helen, for this tutorial. This came over a few weeks ago and I saved it to make later. It’s going under my needle today for a granddaughter for Christmas.
I’d better get to it!

    Helen - January 22, 2022

    That’s so great to hear, Susanne! It sounds like you have a new favorite! I hope your granddaughter loved it

Maureen - September 26, 2022

Hi Helen, I am loving this bag, finding it difficult to cut a proper circle, any ideas I may use? Thanks.

louise - December 3, 2022

Hello, thanks for this great tutorial and idea, my only question is what is the size of the circle, 16 in. diameter (from one side to the other)? Love the idea of stuffing the cord inside and having a flap to keep everything in. Saludos, L.

Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs - February 26, 2023

Fab project! I have one of these (not handmade) and it holds so much makeup! I love your design. 🙂 #MMBC.


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