Makeup Brush Case Tutorial

June 25th, 2012

Makeup Case Tutorial
My dearest friend has been putting a bug in my ear for far too long about needing a makeup brush case. She is quite the jetsetter and needed a place to keep her brushes so they wouldn’t get so dirty and mangled. I whipped this one up and took photos as I went so you can try it for yourself if you like.

Makeup Brush Case
Cut the outside fabric 14″ wide by 10″ tall (note: I determined the height of mine by making sure it would fit my tallest brush. If your tallest brush is much shorter, I’d recommend decreasing the height to size of brush plus 1.5″.). I used a cotton for mine.

Also cut one piece of cotton batting (this is to make the case sturdier. You could also use Timtex) and one piece for the inside fabric (cotton or vinyl). You should have three pieces total–one for lining, one for outside, and one for batting.

Makeup Brush Case
Cut the pocket fabric 14″ wide by 6″ tall (note: if you made your height shorter, you’ll want to also decrease the height here.). Cut the button loop fabric 5″ by 1.5″.

Makeup Brush Case
Finish one 14″ edge of the pocket fabric. Finish the button loop.

Makeup Brush Case
Place the batting on the wrong side of the fabric. Quilt the fabric and batting together in whatever pattern suits you. I chose swirls.

Makeup Brush Case
Take the inside fabric and the pocket fabric and place the pocket fabric on top of the inside fabric. Both of the right sides should be facing you. Fold into thirds. Sew vertical lines beginning at the top of the pocket fabric to the end of the fabric at each third interval. Decide how many places you’ll want for thin versus fat brushes. I assumed 1 inch for thin ones and 2 inches for fat brushes, however my friend’s fatest brush did not fit, so you’ll want to test yours.

Makeup Brush Case
Place outside and inside pieces right sides together. Pin the button loop in place. Sew along three sides, starting from the top left to the bottom left (so you don’t sew over what will be the left side of the case). Turn it inside out and press the seams flat with your finger, if you used vinyl, or press with the iron if you used all cotton.

Makeup Brush Case
Fold in the raw edges on your one unfinished side and sew an 1/8″ hem. Fold it into thirds and sew your button in place so it lines up with the button loop. Voila!

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  • 1. Colleen  |  June 25th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Simple and cheery. Nicely done!

  • 2. Tutorial: Travel make-up &hellip  |  June 26th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    [...] Dacia Ray made a make-up brush organizer for a friend to take with her on her travels, and she shares a tutorial showing how she did it.  The inside has individual pockets for each brush so they don’t get all jumbled up.  The top folds down over the pockets and a button keeps it all closed.  Go to her tutorial. [...]

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