Sew a cosmetics bag-chest out of felt



Hello, readers of my blog «I sewing machine!». The topic of today's article - Sew a cosmetics bag-chest out of felt.

Titmouse warbling derive the spring, sparrows squawking in the bushes like crazy, and it seems that bloom snowdrops. But it’s too early. Another ski season is in full swing. Oh! You gotta do everything yourself!

With that mindset I set to work. Felt went perfectly. He is easy to work, does not fray, and the uneven, smoky-gray color has become an interesting background for embroidery. About how you created the drawing, you can make a separate master class. Here I will tell you how to cut out and sew a purse.

We need:

the hard felt sheet of A3 format with a thickness of 1.2 mm.
fabric for lining (such as cotton, with acrylic coating);
zipper length 35 cm;
strip of for the handle approximately 2.5 by 25 cm;
round nylon cord with a length of 25 cm;
a piece of leather 17 by 9 cm for the bottom cover;
hard adhesive strip for bottom;
thread in color;
pencil, ruler, paper, tape (for the pattern);
sewing machine;
and spring mood.


The order of work.

1. Make the paper pattern.



For that we will use drafts or newspaper. Cut 2 rectangle 16-by-29 cm

From the first make the front piece with the hole in the middle. I have the height of the front detail in the centre of 9 cm, and the edges 16 see Measure with measuring tape the length of the the arc (32 cm). In the second part of the back 16 cm up from the bottom edge to make a square. This is the back wall of cosmetics. Its height allows to place vertically eyeliners and mascara. From the top edge of this wall, we’ll draw up the valve with semicircular arc of the same length (32 cm). The height of the valve turned 11 see

All pattern pieces can be seen in the next photo.

Now the fun part: glue tape pattern pieces to make the layout of the future product. It is necessary to check. I have the bottom arc turned out slightly longer than the arc valve. To fix this, I cut the front detail on the sides to 0.5 cm.

After checking you need to do the front detail below the width of lightning is about 1.2 cm

The bottom I painted in CorelDraw — carved and matched to the layout. Turned out to a rectangle 16 by 8 cm with rounded corners with a radius of 25 mm.

2. Take the details the basics.


Felt does not fray at the cut, it is not necessary to buttonhole, so make small allowances to 0.5 cm is enough.

Leather cut the bottom with the allowance of 0.4 mm. And sizing it hard gasket. If leather, you can sew a purse entirely out of felt. But the bottom is still better to glue. The gasket must be cut exactly to the size of the pattern without seam allowance.

3. Make some parts of the lining.


At first I wanted the lining to make out of felt. But I remembered the story of some ladies ‘ gear. There said inside a cosmetic bag should be of washable material. And decided to take ikeevskoy lining cotton with acrylic coating. It is easy to clean with a damp cloth, does not absorb dirt and is waterproof.

For the lining you need the same details as the basis. With such small allowances, because the fabric does not fray, this also.

In addition take two rectangles for inside pockets. Their length should be 5-7 cm more than the length of the main parts if the pockets are voluminous. And the height should be such that the pocket was handy to get something. That is, they should not be too high. To the resulting height I added 3cm to the hem of the top. It was possible without bending to do.

Already in the process (so the details are not the General picture) I got the idea to sew to the inside of the valve pocket for the square mirror. For him I cut out a rectangle. One side of a rectangle is 1 cm wider than the mirror (a large allowance is not needed, takkak I sewed the fabric without bending) and the other twice as long to fold it in half. Inside the resulting square I cut a hole with sides of about 1.5 cm less than the side mirrors.

4. Sew the zipper.


First, the edges of the zipper sew the rectangles of leather or felt at a distance of approximately 29 cm from each other. To the total length of the zipper with the rectangles turned 33 see It’s not a mandatory step, but with sewn edges of the zipper looks neater.

Then align the edge of the zipper with the edge of the valve. I have the edges of the valve are marked with pins. You can make marks with a pencil. We put in place align the needle of the sewing machine and carefully sew the upper edge of the zipper to the valve face side to the front.


Sew without basting. I think it’s more convenient. And the seam is neater. Importantly, all allowances must be of the same width. Then they are very easily combined.

If in doubt, you can first tack the zipper. Or pin multiple pins across the joint. Only pins you need to get out of fabric when sewing machine needle approaches them. Below the seam is not wrinkled and the needle is not accidentally broken.

The lower part (before it was called the front) sewn.


Note the middle of the bottom of the part pictured in this place also the pin. Zippered zipper. Note the middle of the valve — zipper already sewn here. Combine the middle of the upper and lower parts. Pin in this place free zipper tape to the lower part of the front to the front. Now the zipper can be undone — it will be easier to sew it on the machine.

To the bottom part of the zipper not sewn in from the edge and from the middle. If something suddenly does not coincide with the edges probably will not notice. But in the middle can appear ugly creases. First, sew from the middle to the left edge. The photo shows this cut lines — from a pin up. Then make a line from the middle to the right edge. The zipper is sewn. Zippered it and check whether all matched.

5. Gather the lining.

First, prepare details for pockets.


One of the long sides of both parts will make the hem 2 cm and sew it on the machine. It will be the top of the pockets. Then short details of bends and filed even and the lower edge. From this detail will make the holders for the carcasses and pencils on the back wall of cosmetics.

Let’s do the markup for the holders.


You can make simple calculations and to lay everything on the line. And you can take your pencils and tubes — to measure the right amount of fabric and pin pins to detail the back wall. From the bottom edge retreating to 2 cm up to the holders has not prevented us to sew the bottom. Check with a ruler the vertical lines.

Holders sewn on the machine. Starting from the bottom up, then one stitch to the right, then down to the end — parallel to the first line.

Pockets on front detail beauticians sew as well. Only the bottom of the pocket combine with the line of the bottom details. Come right straight pockets and not the tube like the back detail. Bottom line do a rough line so that the folds on the pockets lay smoothly.


Both parts are ready. On the flap is visible even a pocket for the mirror. He left open, and the other three sides are sewn exactly on the perimeter of the mirror. The fabric is a bit stretchable, so the mirror to fit.

6. Sew the lining to the main part.

Again find the middle of the valve. Lining can be folded in half and mark this spot with a pin or crease. And for the main part, the middle valve has already been noted. We connect the two parts face to face. The lightning will be inside. The edge of the lining should match the edge of the zipper tape. The engine line laid from the main part, on top of the existing lines. From the middle to the edges.


The photo shows how to sew the bottom part. Unlike valve, middle find unnecessary. Working edge of the main part and lining. Put the needle on the start line, where the zipper is sewn to the main part. Cut the lining I have a slightly exposed from under the braid of lightning. Because the lining seam allowance more than the basic details.

Carefully sew the lining, laying it along the seam. Gut-wrenching and cautiously outlived details.

7. Perform side seams.

The front and rear parts of felt to slide together the front to the front and fasten with pins. The edges of the zipper will be at a slight angle to the side sections. As it should be. Laid place, grabbing the zipper. The lining thus bent aside, so as not to accidentally grab it. Then just sew the other side.


Stitching the side seams of the lining, as we catch the edge of the zipper. And watch to below zipper details felt were not included in the seam. Gently razotajiem seams.

8. Sew the bottom.

Again note the middle — now on the bottom slice of the front and rear parts of the bags.


On the back of the part is the middle between the side seams. Pin the pin. Fold the purse in half so that the pin was on the left-hand bend. Pin another safety pin to the right bend — it’s the middle of the front.

Why do all these manipulations with pins? It is possible during cutting to mark all the essential points. Can. Just because of the elastic tissue in the course of work variations from the markup. Not always, but it happens. And that’s when the search for a new mid very useful. So it seems to me.

Wrenched the purse inside out. The bottom of leather sewn to the back front to the front, aligning the center marker.


In the photo the middle of the bottom of the marked point on the strip, and the middle of the back detail — a pin. Sew the back side of the bottom in a straight line. Fillets on the corners not yet touched.

Now combine the middle of the front part and the middle of the second long side of the bottom. Facial to facial. Sew the front to the sides, carefully laying out the main detail in the shape of the bottom. The larger the radius, the easier it is to do it. Sew slowly, constantly check if there are folds in the main fabric. Without interrupting the stitch, pass the second time at the rear side of the bottom and sew the other side of cosmetics.

With the lining done the same thing. She also turned inside out. Therefore, on the rear left not sewn hole to turn the product on the front side.


Wrenched the bag, dragging it in the left hole. The harder the material is, the greater must be the hole.

9. Sew up the hole on the machine.


The seam allowances will seutujen inside. Working the edges of the holes and route the line close to the edge. The ends of the thread tie a knot and program the needle. Make a small stitch to hide the ends of thread. The remaining tails cut close to the fabric. Now the line looks neat, and the short ends of the thread won’t fall off accidentally and not bloom.

Will do the stitching of the valve and the bottom details along the zipper. This will give the purse a more finished look.

10. Sew the handle.

Fold the strip of white leather in half lengthwise. Sew close to the edge, leaving each end at 2 cm In the resulting flagellum will program round nylon cord. If the width of the flagellum allows, use a safety pin to drag the cord. I have the pin did not fit. Had to straighten a paper clip and hook it to the tip of the cord is wrapped with masking tape. The figure shows the result of my manipulations.


Cut the cord close to the ends of the lines and plavim. Corners leather handles round.

Sew the handle to the top of the valve. It is more convenient to do without legs. If the fabric is raised behind the needle, you need to press it with your finger at the base of the needle.


Tie the knots, hide the tails and Bang! The cosmetic bag is ready!

Thank you for your attention!


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