DIY Pencil Case & Makeup Bag (No Sew and Sew)

DIY Pencil Case & Makeup Bag (No Sew and Sew)DIY Pencil Case & Makeup Bag (No Sew and Sew)
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I’ve always loved buying my make up bags at Forever 21. The designs are just too cute for words! But I’ve always wanted to make one of my own and thankfully, Anneorshine on Youtube created a tutorial on how to make our own makeup bags using either of two methods: the sew and no sew methods (I’d choose no sew anytime! haha). Lisa also showed us how to make our own pencil case!

Tools and Materials Needed:

1. Upholstery Fabric That is 15 Inches Wide and 10 Inches Long.
2. Zippers (at least 9 inches long)
3. Fabric Glue
4. Sewing Machine
5. Scissors
6. Working Board
7. Iron (optional – to create even folds)
8. Pins


1. Make a few of these bags and give them to your friends. You can choose to fill each bag with homemade soap or a variety of items that your friends would love to have.

2. Upholstery fabric is pretty strong and durable. It will last longer than any other materials.

3. You could also make this bag for decorative purposes. You can use delicate fabrics and you can even stitch on letter patches that bear your initials. You can put your jewelry or other sentimental items inside the bag and then place it on your dresser or any part of your room. It will add such a whimsical touch to your room decor!

4. I’d love to make these pencil cases out of durable material and fill them with pencils, pens, erasers and other school items. Add notebooks, paper, and crayons and you will have a simple school set that you can give to kids.

5. I like using the non-stitch method, but knowing how “abusive” I am with my stuff, I want to make sure that my things can stand the “test of time”. I don’t have a sewing machine so I like to do the basic running stitch by hand. It’s a little time consuming but it’s worth it.

Running Stitch:

a. Use a thread that is similar in color to the ones on the fabric.
b. Thread your needle.
c. Poke your threaded needle up through the fabric.
d. Poke the needle back down through the fabric right next to the one where you just came up. Pull the thread down into your first stitch.
e. Poke the needle back up through the fabric, leaving a teeny bit of space from the previous stitch. Poke the needle back down through the fabric again to make the second stitch.
f. Repeat the process and create a knot at the end to secure the stitch.