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How to ... sew a make-up brush roll

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

If you are looking to gift something really unique to one of your girlfriends or just need a storage for your make-up brushes, follow this step by step on how to make a makeup brush roll.

In regard to fabric you can go wild or plain whatever suits you or the person you gift it to. I used a monochrome print for the outer as well as the the pocket piece and a plain black cotton as the inner piece.

The outer & inner fabric should be 13.5" x 15" and the smaller pocket piece is 5" x 15".

Here is what else you need:

  • Matching thread

  • Ribbon or Binding

  • Chalk & Marker

  • Ruler

  • Scissors & rotary cutter

  • Pins

And of course your trusty sewing machine and a hot cup of tea or coffee maybe some Christmas music if this is a last minute gift you are sewing.

Throughout the step by step, I am using a 1/2" seam allowance but you can use what ever you feel comfortable with.

First bind the pocket piece with ribbon or bias binding. I used a satin (blanket) binding for a more classy look. The binding will give the project a more professional finish.

Mark the pocket pieces where the brushes will live. I made 2 bigger ones which are 2" wide, 4 pockets which are 1.5" wide and 4 smaller pockets which are only 1" wide. You may customize the width of the pocket pieces based on your requirements. I actually don't have so many brushes but will also keep my mascara and brow pencil in there and these are much slimmer so the smaller pocket pieces are perfect to hold them.

Lay the market pocket piece on top of the plain fabric. The plain fabric needs to be right side up (if there is a right side) and the pocket piece also with right side up. Pin in place. Use as many pins as you feel comfortable with.

Sew along the market pocked lines. Don't forget to back stitch at the beginning and end.

Lay the printed large fabric piece on top of the brush pocket so that all edges line up - right sides together. Pin and sew the bottom & right hand side only.

Now make the ties using the ribbon or binding again, you will need two pieces each 18". Sandwich them between the two fabrics just above the brush pocket piece. Sew the side and top together, leaving an opening for turning your project inside out.

Before turning, clip the corners and seam allowance. Now turn your project right side out and admire your lovely work for a moment :)

I always have a set of chopsticks in my sewing room because they are super hand to use when poking out corners.

Give everything a good press and sew the opening closed (by hand or machine).

Thanks for hanging out with me. Happy sewing & gifting!

Maria xxx

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