I have a tutorial for you today, folks! We’re heading away for a weekend getaway with friends at the end of the month so I thought I would whip up a quilted make up brush case – as you do. In all honesty I’ve actually needed something like this for a while so this is the perfect opportunity 🙂 The other great thing about this particular make is that I only used things I had on hand – definitely a stash-buster!
I made a quick template using a little grubby case which is way past it’s best. This is actually the case that some of my Eco-tools brushes came in! I wanted my case to be a bit bigger than this one so I graded it out and then added my seam allowance.
Use this template to cut out your outer fabric, wadding and lining fabric.
Then sandwich your fabric together and start quilting. I started with the back of my case first.
This is just a simple diamond quilting design which takes no time at all to complete but looks really professional!
I did this on the other side of my case too… Well kind of. I may have gotten a bit distracted and only quilted lines on my second piece instead of diamonds. I also didn’t notice this until the whole thing was finished! This also wasn’t my only mistake…
You see that? It’s an almost perfect button hole! I was so eager to get it out of the way that I accidentally sewed it on the wrong side of the case!! You would think this would have stopped me in my tracks and just pack it in right there, but no! I do not waste fabric like that my friends. Every scrap is sacred so I persisted and came up with a pretty nifty fix… You’ll find out at the end!
Ignoring my blatant mistake I basted both sides of the case together. Can I just take a sec to point out how well these fabrics go together! The floral was a freebie fat quarter from an issue of Sew Magazine and the red love hearts was some of the first fabric I ever purchased from the Cotton Print Factory.
To finish everything off I decided that the binding the edges would give the best finish so I found some lush red bias tape in my stash and got to werk.
Confession: I was totally intimidated by bias binding before this project but as with many other things my have-a-go-harry attitude kicked in and I conquered my fears with pretty swish results, if I do say so myself.
BAM. Those are some (almost) mitred corners lads! Pats on the back all round 🙂 I also then sewed the buttonhole in the right place and added a button next to where the original incorrect button hole was placed. So, how did I hide my mistake? Well I just covered it up with a strip of bias tape which is the perfect thing to hold my tweezers! I’m calling it a design attribute 😉
And here’s the case in action… Glorious.
The great thing about this is that it will keep my brushes nice and flat when I travel with them and I can throw it in the washing machine if it gets a bit grubby. Such a stylish solution to a #firstworldproblem HA!