Travel Makeup Bags

What a shame that I am now blogging for projects that I completed 3 months ago! But these bags are so much fun to make and I sewed four of them in last December! They are totally worth a blog entry.

They are inspired by the Sew-Together-Bag. I saw many cute ones on Instagram and fell in love. Without the pattern at hand, I simply made up a size that is large enough for stuffing in facial care products and makeups for travel.

The first one is a 9 inch wide one that I made for my sister. She was having a 3-week Japan-Hong Kong-Australia trip last December, and she loved the bag.

Her complements encouraged me to make more.

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For the next two bags, I made them 10 inches wide, simply because I wanted to utilize the 40” wide quilting cotton without any waste. The bag lining and inner pockets need exactly 4 strips of 10” wide fabrics.

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I tucked in the zipper ends in a different way.   Instead of concealing the zipper ends with tabs and later sew to the bag under side, I finished the zippers with raw edges but later tuck each end inside the bag binding. Love this finish.

Then, for the last bag, I found a simpler way of sewing the inner pockets: they can be made individually instead of sewing in the continuous manner (those who have sewn the Sew Together Bag know what I am talking about). Sometimes, sewing without a pattern is a great way to encourage creative construction!

For all four bags I used By Annie’s Soft and Stable for the outer shell interfacing, and fused light weight interfacing on the inner pocket lining fabrics. The result is fantastic! The bags are light weight but have just the right amount of structure to hold their shape. By the way, the 30" zippers from By Annie's are perfect for closure. 

These bags are perfect for using up my half-yard prints. Will definitely sew more in the future!