How to Make a Flat Bottom Makeup Bag with Easy Zipper Tabs

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miss out on any future posts… so today you might be wondering what we’re
actually going to be making we’re actually going to be making this
gorgeous little flat bottom makeup bag using my easy tab method and we’re also going to
do some basic quilting so let’s get started today we’re going to make a quick and
easy zipper pouch using my technique of the zipper tabs basically I have had
comments come in from people that have watched my easy zipper tabs and they would like
to see the whole thing constructed from start to finish and how I saw it in so
that’s what we’re going to do today alright so there’s a couple of things
that you’re going to need today you’re going to need some foam for your
exterior fabric you’re going to need some shape flex 101 for your lining
fabric you’re going to need exterior fabric and a lining fabric you’re also
going to need some zipper tabs and you’re going to need a zipper a rotary
cutter a marking device some matching thread a zipper foot and as well as your
patch working foot and some quilting rulers you might need you a quick unpick
as well so have that on hand just in case you need to unpick all righty
so the first thing that we need to do is fuse all our interfacing onto our
exterior and lining fabric and as I said we are going to put the shape flex 101
onto our lining fabrics and the foam onto our exterior fabric okay so you can
see here that I fused onto on my phone and I’ve also put the shape flex 101 on
to the lining so we’re just going to set our lining aside for just a moment so
I’m going to actually quilt the outside of mine I’m going to keep it really
simple just do some straight-line quilting but if you want to do some free
motion or you get get a little bit creative go right ahead
so I’m just gonna grab my ruler and I’m just going to do a large crosshatch on
this one I’m going to grab my friction pen or my chakra marker whatever you’ve
got available and then I’m just going to actually use my 45-degree mark on my
ruler and I’m going to line that up along the the straight edge here and
then I’m going to bring this two inch mark down to the point of my fabric so
you can see there that that is just going to be coming down so I’m going to
bring the two inch down so you can see here that the junction of the two inch
is on the corner of my fabric and the 45-degree angle is along the edge of my
fabric that’s just going to give me a good angle there so I’m just going to
repeat that all the way along at two inch intervals making sure that I’m
lining everything up you can do a smaller crosshatch if you want to I’m
just going to do a big one to make it a nice quick easy project to do so you can
see that I’m just lining up my two inch mark on the line that I just marked and
I’m going to repeat that for the other side of my exterior as well all right so
I’ve got to the edge there and then what I’m going to do is I’m just going to
spin it so I can mark going the opposite way now and again the same thing I just
line up that 45 degree angle on my ruler along the edge of my fabric and then I
just slide down until I’ve got the two inch cross junction they’re lining up
already so I can now mark that and then I just do exactly the same thing two
inch interval and the reason I use the 45 is because then I know that I’m
getting a correct angle because you could line your two-inch up and be
slightly out a bit so I’ve got those two positions to mark so I’ve got the two
inch mark as well as the 45 on the edge of the straight edge of my fabric and
then I know that I’m getting a straight line then all we’re going to do
we’re going to stitch on those lines and you don’t need a backing for it because
we’re just going to do a quick quilt repeat that with the other side and then
we’ll be ready to go okay so we’re at the sewing machine and all we’re going
to do is on those lines that we marked we’re actually just going to stitch but
before we do we just want to lengthen our stitch lengths up to a 3.0 because
you want it you don’t want it to be like your regular stitch you won’t have a
little bit of length to it and then basically we just follow those lines and with the needle in the down position
you can actually just spin it around and follow another line and that way you
don’t actually have to break your cotton so you can see there that I’m just going
to go across here and my next line starts here so I can go down this way
and that just saves you having to catch a cotton every time and you don’t have
to go off the edge either because we do have our quarter inch seam allowance in
this as well so if you’ve never quilted anything before this is a great way to a
great quick way to quilt something and it just gives a little bit of dimension
to your to your project and if you go a little bit off the line don’t worry
about it it’s okay it’s just a little zipper pouch and you don’t have to
stress that it’s super perfect or anything like that
that’s not what it’s about it’s about learning
a new craft or learning how to make something and enjoying the process so
you can see here I just keep the needle in the down position and I just start
stitching on that line again this is also another good way to practice your
free motion quilting is it’s a smaller project you’re not having to stress
about the backing or anything like that puckering up or anything on the back you
can just get in there and have a really good go at it right and that is my last
model so I can cut my thread okay so you can see there that I’ve quilted that up
okay and you can see on the back a little bit better it’s just a nice
little crosshatch nice and quick and it just gives it a little bit of structure
as well to the bag so I’m going to head over to the ironing board and get rid of
those marks and then we’ll move on to the next step and now what we’re going
to do is we’re going to make sure that it’s measuring ten across this way and
nine down this way and that’s what I want because this is where I want my
zipper to go is on the ten inch part I don’t want my bag to be high I want to
be a little bit wider so in this video I am actually showing you how to box up
your corners and how to install a zipper into it as well okay so what we’re going
to do now is we’re going to make a few cuts to our the bottom of our exterior
fabric and the bottom of our lining fabric and that’ll just make it a little
bit easier when we go to box up the corners alrighty so what you want to do
is you want to just grab your ruler okay and you want to mark out two inches so
I’m just going to line on the edge of my fabric along the bottom and the ledge of
the fabric on the side I’m just going to mark two inches I’m going to actually
repeat that on the opposite corner and then for all my pieces to my bag now if
you’re using directional fabric make sure that you’re doing it at the bottom
of your fabric and not at the side or the top okay because you want your
directional fabric to be the right direction so you don’t want to cut these
corners out so you can see there I’ve just marked a box there and that’s the
bit that I’m going to cut out so I’ll just grab my rotary cutter for that and I just go along that line
I don’t worry about using a ruler and you know just cut that corner out and
then I can just use this piece as a template or I can just use my ruler again along the edge of the fabric you
can just use your rotary cutter like so but you do run the risk of cutting too
much and you don’t want that alrighty so you can see there I’ve just cut out some
squares down the bottom they are 2 inches in size for this particular
dimension and the reason that I want that is because that’s going to give me
a really nice flat bottom to this pouch I think it measures about 4 out of 4
inches off the top of my head doing that rough calculation so repeat that for the
other side of your exterior fabric and also your lining fabric as well ok so
you can see there that I’ve done my exterior and I’ve done my lining and
next we’re moving onto the zipper tabs so just set that aside and then grab
your zipper and your zipper tabs alrighty so the first thing that you
want to do is you just want to fold your zipper tab in half both of them and if
you haven’t seen our video on a quick and easy zipper tabs I’ll put that in a
link down below and also card that up in the top corner just there and all you’re
going to do is basically fold them in half to make a crease mark and then
where that crease mark is just grab your ruler and you can do both at the same
time and you’re just going to draw a line like so okay and that is the line
that you’re actually going to be stitching on all right so to prepare our
zipper we’ll just grab one of our exterior parts okay and you can see here
that this zipper isn’t quite big enough which is okay because what we’re going
to do when we add the zipper tabs on that will give us enough room to sew
everything through but I want to get rid of this metal stop here so I’m just
going to grab my scissors and just on that side of the metal stop I’m just
going to snip that you can use your rotary cutter but I
just used my paper scissors for that because I’m going through that those
plastic zipper teeth and I just make that nice and straight and then on this
side I want to get rid of that metal stop as well so I just moved my zipper
just a little bit because we don’t want to take it completely off the tape and
again I will just on the pull side I will just get rid of that metal stop so
you can see there I’ve just got rid of it that way there’s no risk of us sewing
that on alright so now what we’re going to do is we’re going to sew a zipper
tabs on so you can see here that we’ve got these larger larger zipper tails
which is great and what we’re going to do is we’re going to come in quarter of
an inch from the end and we’re just going to make a mark like so and we’re
going to do the same down the other end just a quarter inch mark like so and
that is where we’re going to we’re going to line this line up with that line
there and I’m going to stitch on that line
now you might need to put a wonder clip or a pin or something like that to hold
it in place I generally just use my small glass head pins and I just hold
the zipper tab in place just like so so that’s not going to fall off when I go
to the machine and then I can just move this down a little bit and this end
because this one end will come apart on you what I tend to do is I just grab my
pins and I just sort of weave it and you can see that that’s going to hold it in
place and then I’ll grab my other zipper tab and align my lines up and then put a
couple of pins in and then I’ll just head over to the sewing machine and do a
straight stitch across and do a little bit of a reverse as well
that always helps to to secure it in place just gives it a little bit more
reinforcement so I’ll just go across once and then go back across and then
come across again so I’m gonna head up to the sewing machine and do that and
then we’ll be ready to assemble our bag so you can see there that I’ve just
stitched across it I can remove my pins now there you go
that’s a zipper tab so all you’re going to do now is just fold that across okay
and just um you can put a little bit of heat on that and that’ll get rid of that
I’m on the opposite side so you’re not actually on the nylon teeth and you can
see there that my little zipper goes all the way up and now we’re ready to
install it okay so we’re ready to install our zipper so all I’ve done is
I’ve added the tabs on and you can see that the tabs are slightly wider than
the zipper tape so I’m just going to trim that up with my scissors and I
generally use my pinking shears for that and I just trim it up so it’s even with
the zipper tape and I do the same on the opposite end and that alright so I have
already found the center of my zip and to do that I just fold it in half and
then I found the center and then I followed my exterior fabric in half and
I found the center there as well and then what I do is I align those two
marks up with my zipper facing down onto my exterior then I’ll just pop a pin in
there just to hold it in place and you can see that everything’s lining up with
that raw edge there quite nicely and then I’m just going to get one of my
lining pieces and I’m going to align everything up so I make sure that the
bottom is lining up and the top is aligning out and then I just make sure
that so you can see there that the zipper tapes come down a bit so I’ve
just got to pull that up hold that in place place my lining on there and pop a
pin in and I do that all the way along you can use washaway type if you prefer
to use that I just prefer to use pins sometimes I’ll actually use
a basting glue to hold my zip in place but for a small project like this I
don’t tend to worry about it too much right so now what I’m going to do is I’m
going to attach my zipper foot to my machine and then I’m going to stitch as
basically straight along here reversing at the beginning and end just to hold
that into place give it a little bit more security and don’t forget to move
your zipper pull out of the way when you do that so you can see there that I’ve
stitched along there along the edge of the teeth of the zipper and now we can
open this up and you can see that that everything is lining up quite nicely so
now what we need to do is add our other side of exterior and lining so basically
what you do with your zipper facing up this time you grab your exterior fabric
and you place that on there and lining up all your all your bottom edges and
all your raw edges along the side making sure everything’s lining up and then
just pop a pin in you can use wonder clips as well as I said it earlier and
that’s just going to hold everything in place for me and then I will flip it
over and then place the lining on it and a good way a real good rule of thumb to
remember if you’re doing it right is right sides together with the fabric so
you can see here that the zippers teeth is facing up and I’ve got my exterior
fabric facing up so this piece that goes onto it next is the exterior fabric to
there and if I was doing it the opposite way you can see that my lining fabric is
what’s going to be touching so you just want to make sure that you’ve got your
right fabrics in the right place and that’s that’s a good little rule of
thumb to remember so I’m pretty happy with how that’s all aligning up so I’m
just going to flip it over and then I’m going to get my lining fabric and I’m
going to pop that on to that zipper tape and then just repin that and then I’ll
head over to the sewing machine just make sure all your raw edges are lining
up it’ll just make it a lot easier when it comes time to assemble the bag you
can see there that my three layers are together so there’s the line
the zipper tape and the exterior fabric and you can see that all their raw edges
are lining up so head over to your sewing machine and stitch that section
down stitch that down and now we are ready to get move on to top stitching so
basically what you want to do now is you want to head over to your ironing board
and give it a really good press and make sure that’s your lining fabric isn’t
near your zipper teeth or anything like that and give it a good good pressing
and make sure that your zipper is working correctly and then once you’ve
done that we’ll be ready for top stitching okay so you can see there that
I’ve pressed that all down so what I’m going to do now is I’m going to head
over to my sewing machine and I’m going to top stitch 1/8 of an inch on that
fabric there and making sure that it’s all smooth underneath alright and
because you are going through the foam I would suggest that you lengthen your
stitch length to what you quilted with which I are lengthened mine to a 3.0 but
just have a bit of a test on your you’ve got some little leftover bits here so
you can actually test your stitch length on that there so give that a go first
before you do stitch it down so 1/8 of an inch on either side here and top
stitch that down ok so you can see there that we’ve top stitch and our zipper is
working quite nicely so that’s always a good sign that we’ve done everything
correctly so you can see here that I’ve just top stitch on both sides down
either side of that zipper and that just gives it a little bit of it finishing
off alrighty so now what you want to do is you want to open your zipper to about
halfway because now we’re going to do the final assembly of the little pouch
so basically you’re going to get your right side fabrics and you’re going to
place them pretty sides touching grab a 1/2 clip and hold that into place and
you want to make sure that your corner down here is aligning and your raw edges
are aligning as well and you’re going to work your way around and you’re also
going to do your lining as well but just make sure that your zipper tab is facing
towards so you can see here I’m just pushing it up and making sure that it’s
facing toward the exterior fabric and proper clip in there and then line up
your lining fabrics and the bottom end as well but here you’re actually going
to leave a gap so we can turn our pouch through usually do about a three inch
gap and then I pop some pins in there so I don’t see them just as a reminder
making sure that my zipper tab is go it’s pushing up towards the exterior
fabric and pop a pin in there now what we’re going to do is we’re actually
going to sew all the way around except for the section that we’ve left to get
for and we’re not going to sew these parts here so you’re going to sew this
here along this one and then along this one and then here reversing at the
beginning of the end okay so we’ve sewn all the way around so
we’ve gone down the both long sides and we’ve gone down the exterior side we’ve
gone down all the way and at this end we’ve left our little opening so now
we’re at the point of boxing up our corners and this is super easy you just
need to get pins or some wonder clips and all we’re going to do is open that
up and line our seams up so you can see I’ve got one there and one there we’re
going to line them up and then we’ll put a wonder clip or a pin into that and
then all we’re going to do is align our raw edges up alrighty so once we’ve
boxed up our corner and we’ve got our pins in we’re going to head over to the
sewing machine and we’re actually going to stitch a quarter inch seam allowance
straight across there and you’re going to repeat that with all four corners
okay so you can see there that I’ve boxed up all the corners and now we can
turn our pouch in the right way so I just stick my hand in to the pouch and
my zipper was already open and I can just pull that straight through see there that everything’s lining up
quite nicely now all those left to do is to close up
the bottom of our pouch and I’m going to do that this by top stitching it so
there you go I’ve just top stitch that closed with an eighth of an inch seam
allowance and now I can make sure that my pouch is all pulled out and it will
be all done so our little zipper pouch is now done you’ve got a flat bottom
you’ve also got your zipper tabs in there and all that’s left to do is to
put a little bit of bag bling on there but everybody loves a little bit of bag
bling and there we go well thank you very much for joining me today I really
do hope that you enjoyed making this little zipper pouch it’s a nice quick
and easy project especially using the easy method for the zipper tabs and also
creating that nice flat bottom it gives it a nice base so it stands up and it
doesn’t fall over the front on you it’s going to make a perfect cosmetic bag or
a little pencil case or something along those lines and if you liked this video
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64 thoughts on “How to Make a Flat Bottom Makeup Bag with Easy Zipper Tabs”

  1. Hi Nicole ~ I'm a new sub, I liked, and hit the bell! And, went to your blog too! I could bow down and kiss your feet about right now! lol You're video helped me finish the best bag I've made yet. I LOVE the zipper tab technique especially. Thank you for what you do for us and keep making great videos! Love and Hugs from Indiana! Oh, I LOVE your accent!

  2. Iโ€™m so glad to have found you! I love making bags and prefer the tabs. Please share that last item info when you talk about supplies. Is it a seam ripper? Thanks again!

  3. Thank you for your tutorial. I've made these bags before but I needed a bit of a refresher course as I haven't made them in a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi. Sometimes youtube suggestion turn out to be a nice surprise. This is one, so glad to have found you. Could you tell me what the pattern (if it isn't yours) above the bee is & if possible where I might find it?

  5. I used your video to make an awesome flat bottom makeup bag. Zippers have always been a bit scary for me but your video made it easy. Thank you for posting such a great video. You're the best .

  6. I got mine made, thank you! I learned things too, as you do…zip slightly shorter would have looked better, but I was pleased!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. Very good demonstration Nicole I will be doing this bag I have subscribed to your channel thankyou also for good zipper technique.

  8. Thank you for this simple bag love it and the little box you have your clips in โฃ๏ธ do you have a video for it ?

  9. I have never made a bag before and the interfacing, fleece and all that totally confuses me. Am I able to use interfacing in both the lining and outside fabric?

  10. Can someone please share what type of phone this is. I couldn't find it on the block. And I live in the United States.

  11. Thank you for the great video. I just started adding quilting to my bags. I didnโ€™t realize I should lengthen my stitch. I appreciate that tip.

  12. Never enough zipper pouches !!!! Make one, and you will find a use for sure ๐Ÿ™‚ Daughter and Grandgirls claim them fast as I sew them ! whoooosh ! and they are gone

  13. I love the way you explain everything you are the best I ever come up on I do bags and clutch and you are the best best i c your video is the best it's awesome have a good day

  14. Love ๐Ÿ’— the best tutorial ever!!! ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

  15. Hi! Darvanalee I am so happy to see your tutorial I will make it awesome specially the tab ๐Ÿ‘ so good

  16. Just found your channel, I am a self taught sewer. You are very helpful and truly appreciated!! Thank you for your teaching, and NO MUSIC!! looking forward to more!

  17. Followed your step by step instructions and at the end I had the cutest purse! THANK YOU so very much for the clear instructions- easy to follow!!!

  18. i made this and my zippered tabs disappeared, they are on there but covered by the outside fabric. What happened? Otherwise came out adorable.

  19. Nicole – I just found this great tutorial. I hadn't seen your quick zipper tab and I'm inspired to try this out for myself!! I loved LOVED hearing your voice and seeing your friendly face.

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