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Today is my day on the Travel Handmade blog tour! I'm only the 3rd stop on the tour but I hope that you're loving all the bag inspiration and creativity we've given you so far. I'm sharing today with Jana from Izzy & Ivy Designs, so make sure you go check out her post today too on a cute boxy bag! This is a long post, so settle in - there's a giveaway at the end! ;]
I was really excited when I got the cosmetics bag category. My make up bag situation has been pretty neglected in the past few years & I was dying for a reason to sew up something new & pretty. I had seen and admired Rachel's Make Up Roll before and so I was thrilled when she offered her pattern to me to sew up to share with all of you!
I mean look at this thing, isn't it cute? And when you untie that bow, look what's inside:
Space for my brushes & most-used pieces of make up. All tidy and neat and organized in some of my favorite bright fabrics.
Rachel knows what she is doing with this pattern. It is clear, concise, & easy to follow. No muddy or missing instructions here. She gives lots of alternatives for different pocket combinations so you can mix and match to what will work for your make up. She has lots of great pictures that are clear and helpful.
The roll is a great size & is thick and padded thanks to the 2 layers of batting you use (she even gives a super-helpful trick in getting the batting away from the turning-opening so it's not really thick and difficult to sew in that space).
The pattern calls for a button + loop closure, but I opted to make some long ties (about 10 inches) and insert them instead so I didn't have to mess with hand-sewing on a button ;] Plus I liked adding in another fabric that coordinated with my other choices.
As much as I love all the little pockets, I think I want to make myself another one using just the long, skinny pockets and have it be a brush holder exclusively! I have tons more brushes then are shown in this picture & this case would be perfect to hold just them. I do love that short, fat pocket on the top right though - it holds my short, fat kabuki brush exactly.
- main outer dot fabric is Abstract Circles in Blue Jay from Just Dandy by Kaufman Fabrics
- inside turquoise cross hatch fabric is Solid Crosshatch in Turquoise from Fruit Punch by Timeless Treasures
- pocket fabric is Henna Garden in brown from Meadowsweet by Sandi Henderson
- ties fabric is Modern Texture Yellow by DS Quilts for Fabric Traditions
I love how the case comes together and how protected everything is! Other cases I've seen don't have the top flap, and so things can slide out and get lost easily. Need to pack it up? Just get everything you need to take with you ready to go and put in the pockets:
Fold down the padded top flap:
So cute and easy. I can't wait to throw this in my bag for The Sewing Summit. I can see myself making lots more of these, the pattern was really quick to sew up, doesn't use much fabric, and would make a great teacher, girlfriend, or sister gift for Christmas. You can find the pattern right here in Rachel's online shop. Thanks for stopping by today & I hope I've inspired you to Travel Handmade with something next time you leave home.
Rachel graciously gave me this pattern & she wants to give one away to one of you, too! Just leave one comment on this post to be entered. I will leave the drawing up for one week & draw a winner next Thursday, August 25th, then Rachel will email you your pattern! If you don't have an email address attached to your profile, please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.
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