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Almost No Sew Hip Makeup Bag

Almost No Sew Hip Makeup Bag

Ages school-age

This hip and funky makeup bag makes a perfect homemade gift or any cool mom. A pretty fabric matched with a bright button makes for a lovely present that mother can truly use. A great gift for Mother's Day. Be sure to visit our other great Mother's Day fun including crafts to make, cards for mom and recipes to spoil her with on Mother's Day!

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by Amanda Formaro

What you'll need

  • Sturdy fabric with pretty pattern, 14" x 8"
  • Colorful button to match fabric
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle or sewing machine
  • Permanent fabric glue

Helpful Tip:

Be sure to choose a sturdy fabric. It should feel fairly stiff and hold its shape. Instead of a button you may choose a fastener, available at discount department or fabric stores. For kids who are not comfortable using a needle and thread, you can have them glue the button on the outside for decoration, but use a piece of Velcro on the inside for the closure. Some permanent fabric glues are messy and take a long time to dry. Ask your local fabric store about the different types available.

How to make it

  1. Cut fabric into two pieces, 9" x 8" and 5" x 8".
  2. Lay 9" piece of fabric right side up on table. Lay 5" piece of fabric right side down on top of larger piece of fabric. Line up bottom to bottom (8" side) on one end and glue the edges together (right sides together) with a thin strip of glue.
  3. Now that the 8" ends are glued together, flip the fabric over so the wrong sides are facing up. For the non-glued 8" ends, fold the edge of the fabric over so that 1/2inches or less of the right side of the fabric is folded over the wrong side of the fabric. Glue on the inside of the fold to create finished edges.
  4. With wrong sides still facing up, glue a seam along both long sides. All edges should now have seams.
  5. With fabric laying wrong side up, take smaller end (5" x 8") and fold it up and glue the wrong sides of the smaller and larger pieces together to complete the formation of the bag.
  6. Fold long top flap (9" x 8") down until it meets the top of the bag, glue the complete inside the flap so wrong sides are stuck together.
  7. Use scissors to cut a button hole in the center of the flap.
  8. Fold flap over the bag and use a pen or pencil to make a dot through the hole and onto the bag fabric for placement of the button.
  9. Sew button securely onto front of bag.
  10. Sew edges of button hole to keep them from fraying.
  11. Close bag and secure button through hole.