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Makeup and Shaving Bag Tutorial

Sewing Cotton Fabric on my Industrial Sewing Machine is definitely a MUST for my sewing business!  When I purchased my JUKI DU-1181N, I checked to make sure this machine was able to sew cotton, as well as the thicker fabrics.  Many folks told me that the DU-1181N was not meant for lightweight fabric, and they are correct!  I would not sew garments, undergarments or piece quilts with this machine.  However, I would recommend sewing cotton that is fused with interfacing or batting!  Since I make lots and lots of bags, that is exactly what I intended to do!  Check out my tutorial on how I create a makeup and shaving bag on my Industrial Sewing Machine!

Makeup and Shaving Bag Tutorial with YouTube Video Instructions

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Makeup & Shaving Bag SUPPLY LIST

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Makeup & Shaving Bag Assembly

MAKEUP & SHAVING BAG Tutorial with Video. Step by Step instructions

Step 1:  Align and clip your zipper, right side facing the right side of your first fabric panel.  Make sure your zipper head is facing the fabric.  Using your zipper foot attachment, sew the zipper to the panel.

Step 2:  Align your second panel to top of zipper tape and clip in place.  Sew your second fabric panel to the zipper tape.

Step 3:  Test your zipper to ensure the fabric is sewn away from the zipper teeth.

Step 4:  Place both fabric panels right sides together and clip the bottom raw edges so they are aligned at both sides and the bottom.  Sew the bottom edge together.

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Step 5:  Unzip your zipper about half way.  fold the sewn fabric panels so that the bottom seam is in the middle and the zipper is aligned on top of that.  Align and secure the raw edges together and insert the pull tab.

Step 6:  Repeat step 5 for the other side and sew the raw edges closed.

Step 7:  Taking your boxing template, draw cut lines on all four corners of the project.  Using your sharp fabric scissors (these are the BEST scissors) , cut out the corners.  Trim off the excess zipper tape.

Step 8:  Insert handle and prepare to close the boxed corners.

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Step 9:  Align the handle in the middle of the boxed corner.

Step 10:  Use clips to secure.  Repeat for the other end of the handle.

Step 11:  Sew these edges closed.  Make sure you back stitch at the beginning and end of each side.  It is also a good idea to backstitch the handle area as well since this is a high use area.

Step 12:  Repeat for the other side of the bag.  Turn your finished exterior bag right side out.

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Step 13:  Iron down the top edge of your interior fabric pieces.  This will be your “zipper side”.  Repeat steps 5-11 on this interior fabric.

Step 14:  Place your inside out interior bag inside of your right side out exterior bag.  Using clips, secure the “zipper edge” of your interior with the zipper tape of your exterior bag.  Make sure you leave room for the zipper to maneuver.

Step 15:  Following the existing seams, sew the lining bag to the exterior of the bag for both sides.  You will not be able to reach your machine all the way to the end of each side.  Be sure to backstitch.

Step 16:  Turn your bag inside out.  Hand stitch the remaining section of lining to the exterior of the bag.  Tack down each corner of the lining to the exterior so the lining does not shift around.  Turn your finished bag right side out and enjoy!  You can get these great suede zipper pull charms right here.  They work great on so many things!

Makeup & Shaving Bag video tutorial

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a video tutorial as well!  Check out my YouTube video which explains how to make my MakeUp and Shaving Bag!

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Happy Sewing!

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  1. Cindy Weston says:

    I would love to give this bag to my Sister! She loves flowers! Great tutorial! Thanks!

  2. Allison H says:

    Wow! I need to make one today for my Mom! I would keep this bag, if I won, for myself! hehe

  3. I LOVE sewing zipper pouches, they’re so fast and use minimal fabric. I’m excited to try this new pattern.

  4. Sharyn Vaughan says:

    I am loving what you are doing with the Tula Pink All Stars material, it looks great!

  5. I love this bag. I plan to try making it on my new juki! Thanks

  6. Sue Tuttle says:

    Nicole….great video! So fun to see your business grow. I love the cotton and steel print and would be tempted to keep for me!!!

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! That means a great deal to me coming from you ?

  7. Thank you for the free download. My daughter lives in Moore, Oklahoma and this would be perfect for her!

  8. Susan White says:

    Fabulous fabric and great tutorial!

  9. laurie jackson says:

    I would add it to my best friends 60th birthday basket!
    Love the blog!! Thank you for the chance to win this beauty!!

  10. Sarah Bailey says:

    This is a cool bag! Thank you for showing how you made it. Your instructions and pictures make it look like something I can do. Thank you!

  11. I would love to have this bag for myself. I have worn out my current one, and that fabric is adorable.

  12. Ginger Seidensticker says:

    I love this!!! For some reason every bag I’ve made seems very amateurish and homespun (but not in a good way!?). Ugh. I think maybe I need to add heavier fusibles/stabilizers……. ?

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Try using a thicker batting. You could even try using some foam interfacing. The trick is to have the bag keep its own shape! Good luck in your sewing and let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help!

  13. Love the bag and the tutorial. Thanks. I would give it to my granddaughter, who has a birthday coming up.

  14. I got laid off in January and just started a new job. This would be great for my desk at work.

  15. Andrena Mendez says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. I love this bag, you inspire me to create.

  17. I love that fabric, I would probably keep it for myself and try to make another for a friend.

  18. You have great pictures and easy to follow instructions. If I won I would give it to my sister Ana.

  19. Allison CB says:

    I love how cute this bag turned out – would totally keep it for me!!!

  20. This looks like a great bag!!

  21. Leigh Morgan says:

    Love this bag looks easy to make! This is one of my favorite fabrics right now!

  22. So lovely………..and am pretty sure I would keep it for myself!

  23. Love this so much! You put so much work into these?

  24. Love the bag, you do amazing work Nicole.
    Thank you for sharing.

  25. I usually dislike sewing bags but this tutorial looks great!!

  26. Cynthia Bosque says:

    Love this! And thanks for the tutorial. I have been wanting to learn to make this but was always intimidated.

  27. Christine M says:

    I’d have to keep this for myself. It is too pretty to give away!

  28. I will keep this. I love the fabric and need a new bag.

  29. SARAH RILEY says:

    Love that fabric print, it’s so pretty!

  30. As selfish as this might be I would keep this beauty for myself!

  31. I can’t wait to give this a try!
    Glad you got your AC fixed my friend.

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Thanks Toni! I hope you make lots and lots of these bags ?

  32. I would totally keep it! (And make several others to give away! 😉 )

  33. I love the shape of this bag…….. I would give this one to my Auntie over in Scotland when I visit next month Then make one for myself…after I am home!!!! thanks for the chance to win!! and the tutorial ..

  34. April Slocum says:

    I love Nicole’s work and her Insta stories!

  35. Heather V says:

    I love sewing pouches and video tutorials make it so much easier.

  36. I love it!! I’m going to give it a try. Not the best sewer but I won’t know unless I try! I will probably keep it for myself!!

  37. This cute bag would tempt me, but my daughter travels often and I thi nk she’d love the print!

  38. Rhonda Tenderholt says:

    If it’s this floral one, I’d keep it for myself. If it was a manly one, I’d give it to my 18 year old who needs a new one. Would love to make one in bicycle print, if there is any, for my two mountain biking, road biking sons!

  39. I love this! What a great idea!!!! It came out so perfect!

  40. Lisa Marie says:

    Love this bag! Thanks for sharing a video tutorial along with the pattern too! It makes following along “sew” much easier.

  41. Carole Pilon says:

    Your bags are so lovely, i will have to Check your tutorials to made one.

  42. Wow! This is so cute! You do a great job! Thanks for sharing

  43. Rita Champion says:

    I love this bag. I have a bunch of pieces of football team fabric that I was not sure what to do with, but I think I found my answer!! I will experiment with my brother and make him a Bears bag. Thanks for the idea!!

  44. Your tutorial is very thorough, which I appreciate when I’m working on a sewing project. If I won the bag I’d probably keep it for myself because I absolutely adore that rifle paper co fabric and it would be challenging to find the same fabric to make myself a bag like this.

  45. Cindy Henderson says:

    This is so cute I think I’ll keep it for myself!
    Looking forward to sewing one from your tutorial.

  46. Merrie Ford says:

    Great Tutorial !!

  47. Rhonda Manthey says:

    I would keep this bag for myself . I love the fabric and the style . ?

  48. Robyn Turner says:

    I always look forward to seeing your posts! Your blog and tutorials are the best! I love the fact you take the time to comment to your followers. ? I woud probably give to my daughter…she works so hard between her job and family. She deserves a treat! So pretty!

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Congrats Robyn! You are the winner of my random drawing! I will send you an email for additional details. Yay!

  49. I would give the bag to my future niece for her wedding shower gift!

  50. Jamie Bellew says:

    I love your design and how detailed your instructions are! Thank you so much!

  51. Emileigh Buchinger says:

    What a beautiful bag! I’m sooo overdue for a new bag! You are one talented lady! I’ve always wanted to sew but just haven’t invested the time to learn…..someday!

  52. René mentch says:

    Beautiful! I would gift this lovely to my Goddaughter!

  53. I would give this bag to my best friend!! This tutorial is wonderful!! Thank you!!

  54. The only thing better than a free pattern and tutorial is winning this bag already made. Wow Nicole. I’m in awe of your abilities on so many levels. ❤️

  55. Michelle Sine says:

    Love your functional sewing projects and great fabric choices! Great instructions on this blog post, thank you!

  56. Thanks for sharing tidbits on your new
    industrial Juki!! ❤️
    If I win this giveaway, I’d love to gift it to my dear sis-in-law! She’s a beautician and she’s the sweetest friend to me by doing my hair for free which otherwise I wouldn’t afford at a salon… I do my best to barter and offer handmade gifts in appreciation. This adorable bag would be icing on the cake for her! She slaved over my long hair yesterday! ??

  57. Charlene G says:

    Great bag! Going to make this for traveling.

  58. I think you are very inspiring! I’m a beginner at sewing…and I’m having a blast? I just put together my first Kristen Id wallet (My niece is headed off to College in Aug). I have to admit the first one is a bit of a hot mess but I cut out a new one to start last night and hoping to have improved result? I love this Shaving bag…I’ll need to try one out for my niece too? I’m having so much fun with my new machine(Christmas Gift) and look foward to your insta stories…I love seeing all the pretty fabric! Being a beginner I’m still working with cheapo fabric but hope to get better fabric the better I get. I would like to maybe get to the put where i could maybe make something’s to sale #goals. I really enjoy your sewing and insight…Thank You!

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Hello Sarah and thanks for your kind words ?

  59. Zainab Barodawala says:

    Love all your tutorials Nicole and especially the fabrics u use. I will surely make this bag for my husband coz he travels alot.thanx once again.

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