Today I’m taking on a number of craft challenges with this studded make-up bag tutorial. At Christmas I was given a BEAUTIFUL sewing machine and this is my first tutorial using it! I’m also taking on a sewing challenge that makes me utterly quake – zips (urgh kill me now). I’ve actually tried this project before with hand sewing and the reason you haven’t seen it is because the zip area was… let’s say… not really for public consumption. However I don’t want to put you off – really it’s all about positioning your layers in the right order (did I mention this bag is also LINED – that’s right kids! 3 IN 1 craft challenge), and finishing your work properly. I added the studs just for kicks… because I didn’t have enough to do already…
BUT fear not – I’ll deal with the stress so you don’t have to and overall this is actually a pretty simple project. You could also easily adjust the size, add a looped handle so you can hang it up, add partitions inside (sorry – too much? We’ll deal with that another day), and mix up your design elements really easily! Happy Crafting!
You will need:
- Sewing machine
- Zip – mine was 20cm in length and closed end
- Fabric for the outside – I used some fairly thin denim that I’ve been wanting to make something from for ages
- lining fabric – bright red polycotton for me!
- STUDS STUDS BABY
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Step One: Cut It
Cut your two fabrics to approximately 25cm x 25cm. This allows for seams. The top width of your bag will end up the same length as your zip and the height of your bag will be just under half the height of your fabric so do adjust accordingly. My final bag is 22cm wide by 11.5cm.
Step Two: Pin It and Zip It
Layer your fabrics in this order:
- outer fabric face up
- zip face down
- lining fabric face down
Pin into place and then sew all three together with one line of stitching at the top. To do this with your sewing machine either use a zip foot or don’t lower the machine foot and sew slowly, moving the fabric by hand – this is because your zip adds bulk that won’t slide through the machine like fabric normally does.
Step Three: Stud It
WOOP design time! With your outer fabric face up and using the zip at the top as a reference point (you don’t want your design to end up on the bottom of the bag!) lay your studs out.
Now push each one through your outer fabric (not the lining) and use scissors to push down each spike to secure on the back.
Step Four: Pin It and Sew It
ALERT: This is the tricky bit… but also once you have this you will never worry about zips again*. Time to sew your zip to the other side of your lining and outer fabric.
- Lay your work outer fabric up, zip at the top.
- Fold the bottom edge of your outer fabric upwards to just above the zip
- Do the same on the other side with your lining fabric – you’ll end up with two tubes, one in each fabric, with the zip in the centre.
- Pin these 3 new edges together flat
*disclaimer: you may find yourself worrying about zips again
Step Five: Stitch Up
Flatten as per the pic above, open your zip up 3/4 of the way and sew up each side, leaving a 2 inch gap in one side of your linings
Step Six: Flip It
Turn your whole piece inside out and hand stitch up the gap in the lining.
Push the lining back inside your bag and you’re done!
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