Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Street Floor Cosmetics Department: Check out the new make-up bags!

I'm in love with Pinterest -- along with the rest of the world.   But I've already collected a stash of fabric, 7 books from the library that must be read within the next couple weeks else I'll have to pay overdue fines for them, and enough food recipe choices to last till the Rapture!  Seems like such a waste to collect pictures as well, so thought I'd try using one of the tutorials that I've pinned.  

With that said I consulted with Daughter, our resident Fashion Consultant here at 33rd and Broadway, and she helped me pick out fabrics.  This is the outcome of that conversation --

Am taking that stack of coordinating fabrics and turning them, Lord willing, into these! 

My inspiration came from this cute bag on Pinterest.  I was able to follow the picture back to this blog and this tutorial posted on August 23, 2011 by Melissa.  Isn't it adorable?   I needed three little gifts and this is going to fit the bill perfectly!  

I worked with an assembly line mentality for the first few steps.  As I said, I'm using zippers and fabric that I already had in the stash pile.  Because each bag will require a different shade of thread once the actual sewing begins, will proceed from there one bag at a time.  

Got my 13 x 7 1/2 pieces cut out and interfaced all before beginning to sew.

Okay... that is the cheesiest picture ever!  My photography skills obviously leave much to be desired!  

Now was the time to thread the bobbin and begin on #1.  Be sure to refer back to her Cosmetic Bag tutorial as she instructed!   I did NOT and ended up ripping out my very first seam!  

Here are pics of my end products!  What do you think?  


This was a great tutorial in my opinion!  Once I got the hang of it I was able to make one up easily within minutes of Melissa's estimated time frame!  Follow the steps very closely and I think you will be VERY happy with the INSIDE as well as the outside of the bag!  Note that you use both the lining and the outside fabrics together to make the box bottom.  I was so pleased with the way it finished things off so neatly inside!  

The little time that I spent on Melissa's blog  Sew Like My Mom convinced me that I need to revisit her often!  I bookmarked her August 11, 2011 post -- an applique tutorial.  I LOVE to applique but am HORRIBLE at it!  Look forward to improving my skills because of Melissa's informative post!  Check out her January 6th post -- a challenge to all of us to be working on making at least one Christmas gift per month.  This project has my name on it for sure! Take a look -- see if you can't find something worth it's weight in gold!   This make-up bag tutorial is one that I know I'll be using often!   Please note that Melissa has requested (on her side bar) that her tutorials be used for personal use only.  Unless you receive permission otherwise (her side bar also contains her email information should you need to contact her), respecting her request is just the right thing to do! 

If you find something I can't live without, by all means don't forget to stop by the Customer Service Desk and let me hear about it!  


  1. I really like the bags. I also like the thought of it being easy. Love it!!!!

  2. I like the shape of these. The one I am using is just a rectangle shape--these are way cuter!

  3. Great blog! Your much younger (hee hee hee) sister, Kelly, sent me!

    Carrie :)

  4. The finished product doesn't look like something that is so easy! These are great... almost makes me wish I used makeup! I'm glad Kelly let us know about your blog!