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Compact Zippered Cosmetic Bag

By: Lynn Browne for

You’ll never forget your necessary make up, accessories and toiletries when you are on-the-go or going on a long trip with the Compact Zippered Cosmetic Bag. Follow this sewing tutorial to learn how to sew a bag in which you can store small cosmetics and kick-knacks. You’ll need a closed end zipper, thread, a yard of printed fabric, and half a yard of fusible interfacing. With these cosmetic bag sewing instructions from Coats and Clark, you'll have a special DIY bag perfect for everyday use.

Compact Zippered Cosmetic Bag


  • Coats Fashion Closed End Zipper, 7” or Coats All-purpose Zipper, 7i”
  • Dual Duty XP General Purpose thread, to match fabric
  • Print Fabric- ½ yard or fat quarter
  • Lining Fabric- ½ yard or fat quarter
  • Fusible Interfacing- ½ yard


  1. Make a pattern by drawing a rectangle 18” (L)  x 10”(W). Draw a line across the center of the rectangle. On each of the 10” ends, mark 1” from each side. Draw a line connecting these marks to the ends of the center line creating tapered sides. Each end will be 8” tapering to 10” at the center.
  2. Cut the 1 each of the pattern from the print fabric and interfacing.
  3. For the lining, fold the pattern in half and add ½” seam allowance to bottom (10”) end. Cut 2 from lining fabric.
  4. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the print fabric following manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Place zipper right sides together on one of the 8” ends of the print fabric. Place lining over zipper, right side down. Pin.  Using a zipper foot, stitch ¼”  from raw edge. Press lining to inside. Repeat with other side of zipper.
  6. Sew side seams together, being careful of zipper ends. Box the bottom corners of the bag by aligning the seam with the center of the bottom forming a point. Stitch across 1” from end of point. Repeat on other side seam.
  7. Turn bag right side out. Pull lining out  and align folds on bottom. Sew across bottom edges of lining to close. Tuck lining back into bag.


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the zipper sounds worse than it is. fear no zippers, i love the shape of this bag, it is so simple but has a retro feel and that fabric is great. thanks, judyb

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