Makeup Brush Roll

The makeup brush roll up case is a variation on my knitting needle roll up case.  This tutorial is a lot easier and it’s a good beginner project. The roll can be made with or without the iron on vinyl but it will make the interior easy to clean.


Here’s what you’ll need:

a sewing machine

scissors (or rotary cutter and mat)


lining fabric measuring 12″ by 10″

pocket fabric measuring 12″ by 5″

exterior fabric measuring 12″ by 10″


parchment paper

iron-on vinyl (Heat n’ Bond)


coordinating thread


All of my fabrics are the same but I refer to them as pocket, lining and exterior in case you would like to make yours from coordinating fabrics.

Step 1) Cut and prepare your fabrics 


Cut a piece of iron-on vinyl that is slightly larger than your lining fabric.  Following the instructions on the iron-on vinyl, affix the vinyl to the lining fabric.  Be careful not to let your iron touch any of the sticky plastic glue. Trim the excess vinyl off.  If you want, you could skip this step and use oilcloth instead.  I just wanted my lining to be the same fabric as the exterior.

Cut a piece of  interfacing 12″ by 10″.  Attach the interfacing to the exterior fabric.  To do this, place the interfacing with the glue side up.  Place the wrong side of exterior fabric down on top of the interfacing. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the fabric (ironing the parchment paper instead of directly on the fabrics prevents any glue from getting on the iron).   Iron the fabrics until the interfacing is bonded to the fabric completely.

Step 2)  Make the pocket 

Using the fabric for the pocket that measures 12″ by 5″, fold down the long side 1/4″ and press.  Fold it down another 1/4″ and press.  Sew the fold to create the top of the pocket.


Take the lining fabric, vinyl side up and place the pocket on top with right side up, matching up the raw edges. Pin in place. Baste along the side of the pocket about 1/8″ from the raw edge to hold the pocket in place.  Now you can begin to make the slots for the make up brushes.  I made nine slots.  I chose to make the slots each 1 1/4″ wide.  Note that you want to start measuring the first slot 1/4″ in from the raw edge (this is to prevent the first slot from being too small since you’ll use 1/4″ in seam allowance sewing the exterior fabric on…it’ll make sense later, trust me).

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Now it should look something like this


Step 3) Attach the ribbon and sew the exterior and lining together

Cut a piece of ribbon that measure 30″.  This will be the tie.  I used some of the lace ribbon I bought online.  Fold the ribbon in half.  Pin the folded ribbon to the 10″ side of the lining (either side).  In order to prevent accidentally sewing over the ribbon while you sew the exterior and lining together, I recommend pinning the ends of the ribbon to the lining fabric somewhere in the center to keep them out of the way.


Place the exterior and lining fabrics right sides together, matching up the raw edges.  Pin in place.

I made the corners round.  You can do this by taking anything circular (a glass, water bottle…) and tracing the rounded edge.


Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew along the outside of the fabrics (sewing the corners round where you had traced). Stop sewing when you are 2″ from where you started. I would suggest making the 2″ gap along the 12″ edge with the pocket.  It doesn’t make a difference but it’s more difficult to topstitch/slip stitch the vinyl cotton. Trim the excess fabric from the corners.  Take out the pin you used to prevent from sewing over the ribbon. Turn the fabric right sides out by pushing it through the 2″ gap. Topstitch the opening closed or slip stitch by hand.

Congratulations you’ve finished the make-up brush roll!

Here are some pictures of what mine looks like completed.

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Visit my Etsy site to check out this makeup brush roll

Please feel free to use my tutorial to make your own make-up brush roll  for personal use only :D


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