12 Adorable DIY Makeup Bag Patterns to Sew

12 DIY Makeup Bags

When you travel, do you have a go-to cosmetics bag to stash your makeup or other toiletries? Hopefully you’ve found a bag to fit all of your essentials, to keep them from spilling out into your suitcase. But cosmetic bags like that can get expensive. So, why not sew your own DIY makeup bag?

Little zippered bags and organizers make great, practical gifts. If you are looking for a larger travel organizer, you might want to choose a pattern with multiple compartments to house your shampoo and other bath items. No matter which you happen to need, we’ve got the sewing pattern for you!

Pill CasePhoto via Sweetbriar Sisters

1. Pill Case (A FREE Pattern!)

This tiny, Velcro-sealed pouch can hold three prescription pill bottles or a few colors of nail polish and a mini file. Stash your lip gloss and eye shadow inside when you just need a little bit of makeup in your purse for touch ups. This is a great introductory sewing project for beginners, and is a great project for teaching kids to sew!

Sew Together BagPhoto via SewDemented

2. Sew Together Bag

This trend-setting bag has a unique design, with three smaller zippers housed inside of the outer zipper you see here! It can house sewing notions like scissors, needles and thread . . . but why not stash your makeup pencils and brushes in this cute DIY makeup bag? Once you’ve conquered this bag, you will have also erased any fear of installing zippers.

Crafty Cosmetics Caddy

Photo via eSheep Designs

3. Crafty Cosmetics Caddy

If you know how to sew straight lines, you can make this DIY makeup bag pattern. The unique design features plenty of pockets so you can store your cosmetics upright in a drawer without losing them. You can just as easily pop the whole container into your travel bag, so it’s ready to be used at your next destination.

Maddie Makeup Bag Pattern

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4. Maddie Makeup Bag Pattern

If you travel with makeup brushes, you know how they can get jumbled in with your other cosmetics. It’s important to keep those bristles clean and looking nice! This detailed bag and brush roll pattern shows how to make a clever cosmetics carrier that rolls up into a convenient little pack. Toss the whole makeup brush roll into your travel bag, or keep it around the house for stashing crochet hooks and knitting needles.


Pretty polka dot line cosmetic bag
Photo via Sunday Girl Patterns

5. Lined Cosmetic Bag

This boxy bag with handles is fully lined with a zippered top panel. Topstitching and piping details give the bag a really professional, finished look. You can use this DIY travel makeup bag to take your cosmetics on the go, or use it to tote hair rollers and a mini blow dryer. Feature different fabric prints on the main panels and the side gusset for a custom look.

6. Sturdy Travel Organizer

Do you want to learn how to sew unique carrying cases for your cosmetics, toiletries and other travel gear? Learn to make professional-quality bags from Craftsy instructor Annie Unrein, a celebrated pattern designer. From choosing the right batting or stabilizer to sewing vinyl, mesh and zippers with ease, you’ll learn all the tricks to construct a DIY travel bag that you’ll love for years to come. Learn how to make organizers like the hanging cosmetics bag when you sign up for her Craftsy course, Sew Sturdy Travel Organizers!

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Cosmetics Bag

7. Makeup Bag

Get your feet wet with making bags! Christine Haynes shows you how to sew a lined, zippered DIY makeup bag with this FREE step-by-step tutorial. After making this project, you’ll be able to experiment with bags of all different shapes and sizes. Zippered bags make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!

Makeup bag pattern
Photo via Kikoipatterns

8. Bow Bag

This dainty, bow-front cosmetic case is a great storage solution for your nail polish or a few makeup brushes. Featuring a large main compartment with one small inner pocket, it can be used everyday as makeup pouch, travel bag or e-reader case. It makes a great bridesmaid gift, too.

Nathan Traveler PouchPhoto via ithinksew

9. Nathan Traveler Pouch

Stylish and masculine in design, this multipurpose pouch that can be used for travel or everyday. Carry a shaving kit, makeup or writing utensils. Use waterproof fabrics for a special DIY makeup bag that will last a long time.

Zippered Cosmetic Case

Photo via QuiltFinger

10. Zippered Cosmetic Case

A sturdy quilted fabric works great for a zippered cosmetics case, as you’ll learn with this beginner-friendly pattern. Store makeup, toiletries and personal items in a customized case with simple gussets so your bag can stand on its own.

Task It BasketPhoto via MadCowCreationz

11. Task-It Basket

It’s a bag…it’s a basket! The Task-It Basket is a unique DIY makeup bag that doesn’t take up too much space, but keeps things from flying all over your luggage. When you arrive at your destination, simply untie the basket and fold down the rim to keep your cosmetics at arm’s reach.

Leather Accent Fold Over PouchPhoto via {lbg studio}

12. Leather Accent Fold Over Pouch

This modern pouch features leather accents to give a professional touch to your next cosmetics bag. Take your phone, wallet, keys and makeup with you using this attractive bag. Embellish with patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and more!

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