Give your beauty regime a refresh with this pretty yet practical duo from Carolyn Letten. Featuring a nifty bag to store all your favourite cosmetics, plus a coordinating compact mirror pouch, you can start every day off with a smile. Keen embroiderers will also adore the challenge of free-motion stitching a positive message in a gorgeous scripty font.
- Fabric, cotton: lilac, spotty lilac, spotty pink; scraps, blue, dark pink,yellow
- Felt, glitter: silver, purple, gold l Zip, lilac, 15cm
- Wadding l Acid-free glue stick
- Lightweight iron on interfacing
- Button, 2cm l Elastic cord
Make a mirror pouch
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Cut a 5cm x 10cm piece of blush fabric and a 6.5cm x 10cm piece of lilac spot fabric. Pin, right sides together, to create the front of the pouch. Sew a 5mm seam and press on the reverse.
Cut a flower from lilac fabric and two hearts from pink, then back with interfacing. Pin in place and machine sew around the edges twice using contrasting thread. Cut a 4cm circle from silver glitter felt and secure on top of the flower. Copy the text template onto white tissue. Pin in place, then stitch over the words twice. Tear the tissue away and press.
Use the finished front as a template to cut out two pieces of wadding, two linings and a back from plain lilac. Layer a piece of wadding, a plain lilac back piece and the finished front right sides together, then pin. Sew a 5mm seam down both sides and across the bottom. Cut excess fabric from the bottom corners and trim the excess wadding up to the stitch line.
Pin the two lilac lining pieces right sides together. Sew a 7mm seam down both sides and across the bottom. Cut the excess fabric from the bottom two corners and turn right side out. Place the lining inside the pouch, right sides together and aligning the seams.
Place the loop of a 10cm length of elastic cord in between the front of the pouch and the and lining, with the raw end sticking out 1cm. Pin around the top raw edges, stitch a 5mm seam around the top, leaving a turning 5cm gap. Turn right side out, push all the corners out then close the gap. Sew a button in place onto the back.
Stitch a makeup bag
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Cut a 12.5cm x 26cm panel from blush fabric, a 4cm x 26cm panel from lilac spot fabric and an 8.5cm x 26cm panel from plain lilac fabric. Pin, right sides together, to create the front of the pouch. Stitch, then press the seams open on the reverse.
Cut out all of the makeup pieces, using the image as a colour guide. Back each with iron on interfacing, apart from the glitter felt. Arrange as shown, machine stitch each in place, then press. Copy the text template onto white tissue. Pin in place on the bag, then machine or hand stitch over the words twice. Tear the tissue away and press.
Use the finished front of the bag as a template to cut two linings from plain lilac fabric, a back from blush fabric and two pieces of wadding, all the same size. Place a piece of wadding under the finished front and quilt around the edges of each applique piece.
To make the zip the same length as the width of the pouch, cut two 3.5cm x 11cm pieces of lilac fabric and iron a 5mm flap onto the wrong side of each end. Fold each piece in half, wrong sides together, and iron to crease. Place one over each end of the zip and stitch across the fold line of the flaps to secure.
To attach the zip, place the finished front, right side up, on a piece of wadding. Lay the zip right side down along the top edge. Place a piece of lining fabric over the top, right side down, making sure that the edge lines up with the zip edge. Pin the zip in place. Use a zipper foot to sew along the top edge of the zip.
Repeat the process for the other side. Layer wadding, the main back fabric right side up, the zip right side down and then the lining right side down. Pin together, then sew along the top edge to attach the zip. Top stitch across both sides.
Open the zip halfway. Lay the fabric sides of the zip out flat and cut a 3.5cm square from each of the corners. Bring the lining pieces right sides together and pin, then bring the main fabric pieces and wadding right sides together and pin.
Using a 5mm seam allowance, sew along the top, bottom and both sides, leaving an 8cm opening at the bottom of the lining. Do not stitch the squares. With each square in turn, pinch the corners together, matching the side seam to the bottom seam. Pin, then sew across a 5mm seam. Trim across the corners. Turn through to the right side and stitch the gap closed.