As I mentioned yesterday, I am here in Salt Lake City all week for the Alt Summit and pre-Alt Summit Cricut event. For those of you who have not heard of it, the Alt Summit is a place where lifestyle, DIY, craft, home decor, food and style bloggers gather to meet each other, potential sponsors and learn more about being the best bloggers we can be. This will be my second year as an attendee and I am looking forward to it! At the Cricut event tonight, they announced a new and amazing machine called the Explore. I will be trying it out tomorrow and will give a full report later. From what I have seen so far, this is the smart phone of cutting machines. Exciting!!
For my trip this week, I was in need of some new zipper bags to carry my makeup, brushes and face care. Loving the monogram zipper bags I shared last summer, I wanted to make a larger and elegant version of these to carry all of my new face care items. I love black polka dot oilcloth pattern I found in both white and gold at my local fabric store and made several bags to keep my items organized. You can follow the tutorial below for the step-by-step instructions to make these stylish bags. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will share the tutorial on my matching makeup brush roll. Cheers! ~ Lia
Become a Member to get more projects
Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Thanks For Sharing.
I saw some posts about people having trouble with the zipper application. When doing bags like this, or any bag for that matter, buy a longer zipper than you need. I bought a 14″ zipper for these and when you unzip the zip to topstitch the second side, you have absolutely zero problems. Thought I would share. Thanks for the great gift ideas…I’m making several. Merry Christmas.
…one additional note for beginner sewers, after you topstitch both sides , put that zipper pull back toward the center of the bag, closing the zipper entirely. Then cut off the excess zipper from both sides and proceed with the rest of the construction of the bag. 🙂
Thank you for the tip, Sheila!!
[…] this beautiful makeup bag out of your purse and reach inside to grab your favorite lipstick. Lia Griffith has created a lovely DIY oilcloth makeup bag that you’ll […]
I know this is an old post, but just wanted to say I loved it, and will be making all my christmas presents by hand this year.
This is by far the easiest make-up bag out there, but with the most polished look.
Though I cannot figure out how to do it with out a seam at the bottom, but I do not mind much.
It is tricky to add the zipper without an extra seam. It depends on your machine and how small your arm on the machine is. This is an oldy but goodie. I use these bags all of the time. 😉
[…] DIY Oilcloth Makeup Bags – Lia Griffith – Make these pretty and very functional makeup bags using the durable oilcloth fabric. Follow the step-by-step tutorial…. […]
[…] will start by opening the two comfort bags. The oilcloth zipper bag hold my pashmina that I can use as a scarf or blanket for long flights. There is also plenty of […]
[…] credit to:; liagriffith.com I just found this to be really neat and wanted to share […]
Had a go and made something that doesn’t quite look as professional as yours but considering I am a total beginner I am over the moon!!! Had issues with the zip when I was sewing the second side but will try again following your instructions in the comments. SO happy!!!! Mine is a little wonky and taller and skinnier than yours but I MADE IT!!! So excited! Thanks for a brilliant tutorial!!!
So happy to hear! I LOVE sewing oilcloth!!
[…] Griffith makeup bag || Lovely Indeed luggage […]
Surely you must have two pieces of cloth, i.e. a seam along the bottom of the bag or u cannot top stitch the second side of the zip unless the bottom of the bag is open – I puzzled over this all day today and have only just found ur blog. I made these today but couldn’t figure out a way to top stitch and it does look so much nicer..
Hi Anna. I didn’t use two pieces, but removed the arm from my machine to get it through. However, to make it easier, you certainly can have a bottom seam. Brilliant idea.
[…] as cute little bow rings. I made a set of these bow rings from the oilcloth leftover from my two zipper bag posts. The Cricut Explore cuts oilcloth very well. With some silver elastic and hot glue, I have a […]
I don’t have a lot of experience with zippers (they quite often frighten me- I’m always messing them up!), so my question is regarding how you fed it through your machine once you got close to the end of the second attaching seam (whether the zipper is open or closed, I’m having a hard time getting it through and past the stoppers). Or maybe I started at the wrong end?…. Any tips or advice would be great! Love this tutorial!
This is the easiest, promise. 🙂 If you start the second side with the zipper completely open and stitch from loose end to closed end, you should find it pretty easy to do without it getting tight around your machine arm. Let me know if this works.
Thank you! Worked great. I used a metal zipper, so once I got about an inch from the end I had to improvise a little bit as the foot was getting caught up on the zipper. This is such a quick and easy project! I love it, thanks again 🙂
Wonderful to hear!
[…] My make up bags always get so dirty and never seem to get really clean when washed. This is a great solution – make new ones! I love the oilcloth idea but you could substitute a canvas or other heavy the step-by-step instructions to make these stylish bags at lia griffith. […]
[…] via […]
[…] I seriously can’t resist gold polka dots! These DIY oilcloth cosmetics bags are definitely now on my to-sew […]
[…] Store your make-up in the chic DIY oil cloth make-up bag by Lia […]
[…] Necesser fàcil […]
[…] These zippered cosmetic bags are super cute and quick to sew up. Lia Griffith has a tutorial showing how. Boxed corners give it a flat bottom and the stiff oilcloth helps it stand up on its own. The oilcloth also gives it a water resistant and wipe clean surface, both good features for a bag that will hold your cosmetics. Go to Lia Griffith for the tute. […]
Really like this! I’m just starting to sew, and was just wondering if I would be able to do this? Thanks! Xx
I think you can! Oilcloth is fun to work with.
Thanks for the pattern! I love polka dots and have always wanted to try oil cloth, and with my make-up loving daughter whose birthday is in May, these will be a great gift!
Perfect for her!
[…] coordinate with my makeup bags that I shared yesterday, I also made a brush roll to hold my brushes for travel. I don’t know […]
Thank you very much for this very usefull tutorial. This a a perfect project for the ones who started to learn sewing like me.
It is! Oilcloth is fun to sew too.
These are beautiful…you are so talented, thanks for sharing!
Love those bags, very snazzy, up scale looking compared to so many make up or purse bags. You make it look easy but when it comes to zippers, forget it. I don’t even attempt it. My patience doesn’t stretch that far, lol. I’ll wait to see what your roll is like, see if I can attempt that. Hobby Lobby in Grand Junction has oil cloth, have to see what kind of patterns they have. Enjoy your trip.
I saw post on Sunday, blogger attending the CHA show in CA told us about a new die cutting machine by Brother called Cut&Scan. Will be very interested to hear about the machine you were speaking about. There are so many of them now which do you think is best? Happy week
Posting the brush roll tomorrow. This is a super easy way to put in a zipper since the actual zipper part is showing. I promise. 🙂 Most fabric stores carry oil cloth now days. I am not sure about Hobby Lobby. My conference roomie was at CHA and looked at that machine. She is saying that this new Cricut Explore is the machine to have. You will be seeing me use and review it in the next few months. So many AMAZING features. It will even cut leather. Woo Hoo!
Very snazzy and so easy I think I can do this!!
Yes! If you have any questions let me know.
Love these bags – the fabric is great! Does your local fabric store happen to be a chain?
No, it is called Fabric Depot. Here is something that looks close to the black and white. https://www.fabric.com/buy/uh-121/oil-cloth-polka-dot-black-grey
And by “local fabric store” do you happen to mean Fabric Depot? LOVE the gold dots!!
P.S.–The Cricut Explore cutting machine sounds amazing! Now to scrounge up $300…
Yes is it Fabric Depot. The gold is my fave. You are going to LOVE the Explore! LOVE.
Well, if I get that sponsored post, now I know what I’ll immediately be buying! 🙂 Best money ever spent, I’m guessing.
The new Cricut Explore! It will save you so much cutting time. It cuts felt too.
Yes! That’s why I was looking at the Sizzix, so I could do felt and fabric. I heard the Explore can cut files from your computer…does that mean if I download a template, like your bows, would it cut them?
Yes, you can upload your own designs. The user interface is SOOOO easy to learn too. Super intuitive. You will have to come over and play with mine when I get it next week.
That’s the best date offer I’ve had all week! 😉
These look so cute and useable! Enjoy your time in Salt Lake City! Sounds like fun, as well as being educational…
Beautiful! Looks easy, haven’t sewed a zipper in ages! Will try! Thank you
This is a super simple way to sew in a zipper since it is not hidden.
okay, I have got to try this…I’ve always had a fascination of oil cloth!
Love oilcloth! Love finding the perfect projects for it and this one is a winner.
What a wonderful pattern and it looks so easy to put together. Thank you for making us look so clever!
Yes, it is! Love reminding you that you are clever. 😉
Oh my goodness. I never thought about making my own makeup bag. Thanks for the tutorial. And like Libby said, it’s a great gift idea!
Any size, custom to your needs too! I use the white for face care and the gold for makeup.
Love this project! I am in such need of a new make up bag. All I need now is a sewing machine…!
This is a fun first project! I just got my daughter an awesome Singer Heavy Duty for just over $100.
I have 6 girlfriends visiting in March from my previous book club. I think I’m going to make each of them one of these! Thanks for the inspiration. Love them. I think I’ll need one too. My current make up bag is just a tad too small.
That is a great gift idea and I promise, so simple to make! Do make one for yourself!