Monday, June 13, 2011

Bunting Cosmetic Bag Tutorial

After a fabulous vacation with family and a short hiatus, I'm back to creating and posting again. I'm a home-body at heart, so it feels good to have a few projects in the works!

Several weeks ago I celebrated a birthday and for the celebration my daughter made an adorable birthday bunting. I have to admit until I saw that banner I hadn't really understood what all the "bunting fuss" was about. I thought they were cute, but didn't necessarily feel the need to jump on the bunting bandwagon! However, the bunting my daughter made for my birthday changed my mind in a hurry. That's why I decided to produce a little bunting of my own and make a new cosmetic bag! I'm sharing my creation with you in this easy-to-follow tutorial...

Materials Needed:

2 pieces of muslin (or linen) fabric cut 9.5 inches wide x 8 inches tall
2 pieces of cotton fabric for the lining cut 9.5 inches wide x 8 inches tall
2 pieces of fusible fleece cut 9.5 inches wide x 8 inches tall
about 15 bunting triangles cut from a variety of scrap fabrics
9" zipper
scrap of ribbon for zipper end (optional)

{ 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise specified. }

Assembling the front:

1.) Start by fusing the fleece onto your muslin pieces with your iron. This will give the cosmetic bag more body and allow the bunting to have a little more dimension!

2.) Sew a line across the top of one of the pieces of muslin -- swooping it from the left side of the fabric to the top (see below). This line will work as a guide for your placement of bunting pieces.

3.) Then attach your bunting triangles by putting the tops of the triangles along the line already sewn and sewing across the top of each piece.

4.) Next sew across the top of the pieces a couple more times and along the sides of the pieces a couple of times. Don't worry about being precise while sewing these lines. I purposely made the lines a little catawampus, which added some character to the piece. {At least that's what I'm hoping!}


5.) Time to add more bunting by creating another swooping sewing line starting at the top of the piece and sweeping across the fabric to the right...

    6.) Just like before, go ahead and add your triangular bunting pieces using the sewn line as a guide for placement. Again sew around each triangle and across the top a couple of times!

      Assembling the Pouch:

      7.) Now that you have the front of the cosmetic bag completed, go to Noodlehead and follow Anna's "Scrappy Make-Up Pouch" tutorial, starting with "Assembling the Pouch." There are many different tutorials out there on how to make this pouch, but Anna's instructions and photos are always spot on and so easy to follow. When you have completed it, your bunting cosmetic bag should look like this...

      I love this bag. It's quite possibly my favorite pouch ever. It's so cute and playful with a touch of quirky! I made several of them the other day...

      Each one becomes unique depending on the fabric used for the lining and the scrap fabric used for the bunting...


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