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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!

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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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DIY Drawstring Cosmetic Bag INSTRUCTIONS:

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 our pattern, then iron on the fusible interlining to the wrong side of one of the pieces. 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.

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 fold over on both ends of the tape and stitch ¼ inch 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 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 gap left in the bias binding. Now pin right round, leaving a 2 to 3-inch gap anywhere on the circle, except where the ½ inch 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 inches by 7 inches, fold in half, right side to right side along the longer side, and sew closed leaving an opening of 1 ½ inches 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, then press, tucking under the raw edges of the opening and top stitch all the way around 1/8 inch 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 8 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

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.

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

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

Stephanie 139a - September 9, 2021

These look super cute! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo


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