Easy Make-Up Clutch

on December 3 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 14 Comments

Marni Weaver of Haberdashery Fun shows you how to make an Easy Make-Up Clutch, perfect for organizing your bag or for a gift. (Tuck a rainbow inside!) Find more from Marni in her introduction. She stopped here before with the Fiesta Table Runner with Pom Poms and Quilted Heart Placemats, both easy projects to update your dining room in the new year. Enjoy!


I don’t wear a lot of make-up, but I’m addicted to buying it. I recently went through my makeup bag and found over ten shades of the same color of lip gloss!

I’ve often thought I should sew a make-up pouch just to keep all my lipgloss in order, so I created this one for us all.

Materials needed:

  • Fabric: 2 colors and/or patterns. This makes a great scrap fabric project.
  • 2 Zippers: 7″ or longer
  • Sew-In Velcro Strips, 1 package
  • Ultra Firm Stabilizer (Pellon Peltex 71F works great): 1/4 of a yard
  • Sewing Supplies + Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Marking Pen
  • Iron + Ironing Board

Before we get sewing, you will need to cut the following:

  • Pouch/Main: Cut 4 rectangles, each 8″L x 5″W in the main fabric, and cut another 4 in the lining fabric
  • Pouch Zipper/Tabs: Cut 4 rectangles, each 3″L x 1-1/2″
  • Fold Over Clutch/Main: Cut 1 rectangle measuring 11-1/4″L x 9″W in main fabric and another in the lining fabric
  • Fold Over Clutch/Tab: Cut 2 rectangles measuring 5″L x 3-1/2″
  • Fold Over Clutch/Interfacing: Cut 2 rectangles measuring 8″L x 5″W in the Ultra Firm Stabilizer
  • Velcro: Cut 4 strips that are each 6″ long and 1 strip 2″ long

Let’s start sewing!

Sew the Pouch:
Sew the zipper tabs: Fold the zipper tab in half. Press. Turn and fold each raw end towards the middle fold. Press again. Cut the zipper to be just shy of 7″. Insert a tab onto each end of the zipper. Place into your sewing machine and stitch the tab in place.

Place the zipper face down on the main fabric. There should be about 5/8″ less on each end. Pin in place. Change to the zipper foot on your sewing machine and stitch the zipper down.

Place the lining rectangle on top of the zipper. There zipper should be sandwiched in between the main fabric and lining fabric. Pin, place into your sewing machine and sew down the zipper. Repeat and sew the main fabric and then the lining fabric to the other side. Press.

Lay the pouch main fabric facing upwards onto your work surface. Measure 1/4″ down from the zipper and place the first Velcro hook strip. Pin and then stitch in place. Measure up 3/4″ up from the bottom edge and place then second Velcro hook strip. Pin and then stitch in place.

Sew the pouch together: Open the zipper. Place the main fabric pieces right sides facing and place the lining pieces right sides facing. Pin along the outside edge. Place into your sewing machine and stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a small opening along the bottom lining edge. Press. Trim corners.

Turn right side out. Wiggle corners into place. Press again with a warm iron. Sew the lining opening closed. Repeat Steps 1-6 for second pouch.

Sew the Outside Clutch:
Lay the large rectangles (11-1/4″L x 9″W) right sides facing each other. Pin. Place into your sewing machine and stitch three sides together, leave one short end open. Backstitch at each end. Press. Trim the corners. Turn right side out and wiggle the corners into place. While sewing the outside clutch, also sew the clutch tab pieces together. Insert the two pieces of Ultra Firm Stabilizer inside. Wiggle into place and if they are too tight, take out and trim edges slightly. Press with an iron.

Turn and fold under the opening seam allowance. Press in place. Insert the tab into the opening and pin. Place into sewing machine and edge stitch around the entire outside edge.

Open the clutch and lay a pouch onto the either side. Find the corresponding Velcro loop placement for each side and lay onto the clutch lining surface. Pin if necessary. Place into sewing machine and stitch the Velcro loop strips down.

Find the Velcro hook and loop placement for the tab.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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14 Responses to Easy Make-Up Clutch

  1. kait says:

    Follow-up: I ended up sewing the Velcro onto the lining before I sewed it to the main fabric (which was super easy). I used an iron-on interfacing to add a little extra stiffness to the lining first though. I LOVE how my make-up clutch turned out. It’s so cute! I’m definitely going to make more and use them as Christmas gifts. Great project, Marni! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Allison says:

    Looks cute and easy! Will try this sometime 🙂

  3. Keperluanmu says:

    Thanks for sharing. i love it 🙂 success for you

  4. talissa says:

    Excellent 🙂 i like how you explain it. Thanks for sharing

  5. kait says:

    My reply (below) is in response to Ciel’s comment about the stitching for the Velcro showing on the outside.

  6. kait says:

    I’m running into the same issue… I think the only way to do it is to sew the velcro on the lining piece before sewing it to the main fabric. This means that we’ll have to figure out the Velcro placement on the lining.

  7. Bridget says:

    I love this! 2 zippered pouches and velcro – brilliant!

  8. Ramona says:

    Cute gifts to make for my girls and my son’s girlfriends.

  9. Melinda Meehan says:

    What a cute little makeup bag, thanks for sharing!

  10. cynthia says:

    love it! I also have triplicates of several lip glosses, even though I usually forget to wear them. And I love organizer ideas.

  11. Doris in AL says:

    I love this.

  12. Ceil says:

    I’d love to make this! Thank you. I can’t understand after reading and reading, how the velcro goes on without showing on the outside. What am I missing? Thanks.

    • Marni says:

      Hi Kait and Ciel – Thank you for your comments. 🙂 This is from Marni from HaberdasheryFun. You are correct, per the instructions, the Velcro will show on the outside clutch. However, there are 2 options if you do no want it to show. #1) as Kait said above, sew the Velcro onto the lining rectangle before you sew the main fabric and lining together. You need to make sure the Velcro lines up to each pouch before you do this.Option #2) Buy Iron on Velcro. I’ve been using this a lot recently and it works really well. [Read the manufacturers directions for the how-to]. But you can iron each strip to the lining instead of sewing it on. The iron on Velcro holds really well. Let me know if you have any questions and have a great day – Marni

  13. kathyh says:

    Super. Love the idea. I’d probably replace one side of zipper pouch with clear vinyl.

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