How to Sew a Makeup Brush Carrier

Welcome to another exciting sewing tutorial! Today, we're going to dive into the world of makeup brush carriers. If you're a makeup enthusiast, you know how important it is to keep your brushes organized and in top shape. In this tutorial, we'll guide you through creating a stylish and functional carrier for your beloved brushes. Whether you're a seasoned seamstress or just starting your sewing journey, this project is perfect for all skill levels. Get ready to combine your love for makeup with your passion for crafting as we embark on this creative sewing adventure. So, gather your materials, and let's get started on making a fabulous makeup brush carrier!

Step-By-Step Instructions

Material List

  • Fabric - 0.5 meters
  • Vlieseline Volume Fleece Fusible H640
  • Ribbon approx 1 meter

Measurements: L 37 cm x H 23 cm

Sewing Pattern

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Brush Holder Sewing Pattern - Friedlies

Step 1 Cut the pattern pieces 

Begin by cutting out the pattern pieces for your make-up brush carrier

When cutting out the back panel pattern piece, be sure to add an additional 3 cm to each edge of the pattern. This extra fabric is to account for any potential shrinkage that might occur during the quilting process.

Step 2 Quilting back panel 

1. Make vertical lines for quilting on the fabric leaving a gap of 2 cm between each line.

2. Place the fusible fleece with the fusible side facing up on your work surface.

3. Lay the fabric piece on top of the fusible material. Ensure that the right side of the fabric is facing up.

4. Align the edges of the fabric and fusible material to match each other.

If you have fusible fleece available:

Once the fabric and fusible fleece are aligned, you can use an iron to fuse them together. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the fusible fleece. The heat will activate the adhesive on the fusible side, bonding the fabric and the fusible fleece together.

If you don't have fusible fleece and are using wadding:

In the absence of fusible fleece, you can use wadding instead. Place the wadding on top of the fabric, aligning it with the edges just like you did with the fusible fleece. Since regular interfacing might not have an adhesive side, you'll need to secure it to the fabric. Pin the wadding in place along the edges and possibly in the center, ensuring it's evenly distributed and won't shift during sewing.

1. Sew the quilting lines on the back panel of the make-up brush carrier. You can use a a longer stitch length, such as 5. This longer stitch length is ideal for quilting as it helps to create visible lines without making the fabric too stiff. You can also do any sort of design on your quilting.

2. Place the back pattern piece on top of the quilted fabric and pin it to secure it. Next cut out the pattern piece of the back make-up brush carrier according to the pattern.

Step 3 Make the pocket of the make-up brush carrier 

1. Take the fabric panel that will serve as the pocket for the make-up brush carrier.Fold the fabric panel in half lengthwise, with the right side of the fabric facing outward and pin. Sew along the top edge with a straight stitch, using a 1 cm seam allowance. Backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the stitching

2. Unfold the pocket panel and rotate the fabric 90 degrees. This means that the seam, which was originally along the top edge, will now be positioned in the middle of the fabric piece, running horizontally.

3. Press the seam downwards

Step 4 Stitch the pocket to the inside panel

1. Place the pocket piece on top of the inside panel (make sure the middle seam is facing down towards the inside)and align it at 2 cm from the bottom edge of the inside panel and pin it in place.

2. Stitch the side seams and bottom using a 0.5 cm seam allowance. Make sure you don’t stitch the top of the pocket.

Step 5 Place the ribbons on the back piece panel of the make-up brush carrier

1. Cut two pieces of ribbon, each measuring about 30 cm in length

2. Locate the middle point along the top edge of the back piece panel. You can fold the panel in half or measure to determine the exact center.

3. Decide where you want to position the ribbons. These ribbons will serve as ties or closures for the make-up brush carrier. You have the option to place them on each side of the center or only on one side, depending on your design preference.

4. Position the ends of the ribbons along one side of the panel and pin it in place.

Step 6 Stitch the back panel and inside panel of the make-up brush carrier together

1. Take the back panel and the inside panel of the make-up brush carrier and place them right sides together. 

2. Pin all the way around the raw edges of the panels, securing them together. Leave an opening at the top edge, typically 5 cm - 7 cm. This opening will be used to turn the carrier right side out after sewing.

3. Stitch around the pinned edges of the panels. Use a seam allowance of 1 cm.

4. Trim the corners

5. Carefully reach inside through the opening and start pulling the fabric through. Gently push out the corners to ensure they are well-defined and sharp.

6. Topstitch the entire make-up brush carrier and also the opening you left to turn it.

Step 7 Make the pocket openings for your makeup brushes on the make-up brush carrier

1. Measure and mark lines for the pocket openings where your makeup brushes will go. You can make 2.5 cm for smaller brushes and 4 cm for bigger ones. These measurements indicate the width of each pocket opening.

2. Use a fabric marker, chalk, or pins to mark lines on the inside of the pocket that correspond to the measurements you've determined. Mark the lines along the entire length of the pocket.

Use your sewing machine to stitch along the marked lines from the top edge of the carrier down to the bottom. Stitching along these lines will create individual pockets for your makeup brushes.

Stitching tip: Instead of stopping and starting at each pocket opening, you can sew a continuous line by following these steps:

  • Sew down along the marked line for the first pocket opening.
  • When you reach the end of the first pocket, lift the presser foot and flip the carrier and stitch along the bottom until you reach the next line .
  • Continue sewing along the next pocket line.
  • When you reach the top lift the presser foot and flip the carrier and stitch along the top near the edge of the pocket, but make sure you don’t stitch also the edge of the pocket. It should be left open.

Done! Your adorable pumpkin is now complete and ready to add a touch of autumn charm to your home decor. Whether you've chosen to make a classic orange pumpkin or gone for a unique and creative fabric, your handmade creation will surely impress. It's perfect for seasonal decorating, gifting, or even as a cozy companion for your desk.

Now that you've mastered this sewing project, feel free to experiment with different fabrics and sizes to create a whole patch of pumpkins. They make wonderful additions to seasonal displays, adding warmth and personality to any space. Plus, you've honed your sewing skills along the way. So, display your new pumpkin proudly and, of course, enjoy the crafting journey that led you here!

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