Today, I have a bit more than a single tote bag pattern for you. I have ** 10 ** bag patterns & tutorials for cosmetics, toiletries and make up bags, organized in 6 different styles.
It’s summer and we need these bags rather than one more tote bag. Personally, I need a makeup bag for travel. That is, I need a make-up bag that ‘s just the right size to hold all my bottles of lotions and potions, soap, and make-up to take along on my vacation.
I don’t know about you, but I have quite a few make-up & toiletries bags. However, none of them actually hold my bottles, make-up and things properly.
One’s too small for the bottles, but has nice polka dots fabric. I use it to carry my crochet projects around town instead. Another one is really big, and while it is made with nice, sheer & feminine fabric, it’s shapeless and all the bottles fall over in it and make a mess. My third one is a faux Louis Vuitton bag for cosmetics, which practically hold my daily stash of lipsticks & stuff, but it does not hold my vacation-volume of lip liners & lipsticks.
I actually have bag-envy with my husband who has two hanging toiletry bags. Great idea, however his bags are masculine: black with Velcro closures, etc. Sturdy but not pretty.
You get the picture, my dear friends, I NEED/ …. crave …. a (set of cosmetics & toiletry bags that will actually HOLD all things I want to travel with, and that his highly practical to use, and… is pretty! And if you are like me, YOU need a bag like that also.
So, let’s go make one.
I did quite some research into finding the right bags for us.
Bag Making Instructions
1. Measure the sizes of your bottles. Your bag has to be at least this high.
2. Measure the circumference of all the bottles you really want to take along with you on your trip. Your bag has to be at least these wide and long.
Now, with these measurements, adjust the general make-up cassette patterns below. That way, this year, YOU WILL HAVE A (set of) TOILETRIES BAG(s) THAT ACTUALLY HOLD ALL THE BOTTLES YOU NEED. Yeah!
3. Choose your best toiletry bag designs, given your set of bottles & amount of cosmetics you must have while traveling, and go make your perfect set of bags:
Design 1a: Elegant Pleaded Zippered & Lined Make-up Bag
Details Matter! So pay attention to them. E.g. Note how the satin lining of bag 1a and 1b really lift the bags from plain and simple bags into glamorous pouches!
|Design 1b: Flat, Zippered & Lined Make-up Bagwithout pleads
These are essentially the same designs, but with slightly different dimensions & unique details, closures & fabric patterns.
|Design 2: Square-Sided Make-up Bag, with Top Zipper and side handle
|Design 2a: Square-sided Make-up Bag with Extended Top Zipper
Little Boxy Pouch Tutorial>: This free sewing tutorial is for a tiny little bag of 4.5” x 3” x 2”, however, you could easily enlarge its dimensions by making minor modifications to the pattern.
|Design 3: Flat Make-up Bag.
Styled like a pencil bag with central zipper and lining (free sewing pattern)
|Design 4:Triangle- Sided Make-up Bag
This bag is a good one to upsize to hold your larger shampoo bottles. Ensure that you make sufficient and large-enough pockets. Also, a sewn-in line of elastic band could be helpful to hold those bottles upright.
|Design 5: Cosmetics Roll Bag
Very pretty & organized, but does not hold toiletry bottles. Worst of all, Kelly Rachel, the designer gave up on her blog and the pattern … vanished. Ohhh…. But no worries, I’ll find you a new pattern sometime soon.
|Design 6: Envelope Makeup Bag
Closure with Velcro & stylish envelop flap; Decorative button.
TIP: it is completely legal to add ruffles to any of these toiletry bags. Stitch the ruffled fabric strips to the front of the bag. Then, sew the front and the back of the bag together.
Over to YOU / Craft Parties
That’s probably enough ideas to get your creative juices going. Show me what you have made, and link it up here: Time for a Party (linky party). I’d love to feature your work!