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Easy Make-Up Bag
Easy Make-Up Bag

Created by: Milinda Stephenson

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Level: Beginner
Time: 1 Hour

Learn this quick and easy method to making a fully lined, zippered bag. This project uses a 9" zipper so it is the perfect size for a Make-Up bag, but you can easily modify the design to use a smaller zipper for a change purse, gift bag, or anything else you can think of!

Janome Supplies Required :

  • Zipper Foot
  • Any Janome sewing machine

Fabric and Notions Required:

  • 2 squares 7.5" x 9.5" of lining fabric
  • 2 squares 7.5" x 9.5" of outer fabric


  1. Sandwich zipper at the top and in between lining fabric and outer fabric by laying zipper face down on outer fabric, and placing lining fabric at the top of the sandwich like this:
  2. Pin layers together being certain the outer fabric, lining and zipper all line up at the top edge.
  3. Using the zipper foot, sew a straight line close to the edge. Allow the edge of the zipper foot to move along the edge of the zipper ridge.
  4. Check your stitches to make certain they were sewn straight.
  5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other side of the zipper. Sandwich zipper tape between fabric lining and fabric front, right sides facing one another, being certain the outer fabric is on the outside.
  6. Carefully sew close to the top of the fabric allowing your zipper foot to move along the edge of the zipper ridge.
  7. Open out your bag, and unzip the zipper.
  8. Place outside fabric right sides together, and bag lining fabric right sides together.
  9. Sew around the entire outside rectangle of the bag Note: as you sew, be certain the zipper is facing down and into the lining. Be certain to leave an opening in the lining bottom for turning.
  10. Turn the bag right side out through the hole you’ve left open for turning.
  11. Sew the hole in the lining closed
  12. Turn the lining inside the bag.

Enjoy your new bag! Note: You can make this bag tiny enough for coins, or large enough for an ipad or laptop case. Just use a larger zipper and cut your fabric into larger recangles!

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