Make Up Brush Roll Tutorial

Make Up Roll

Got two fat quarters? That’s all you’ll need for this fab project…even better, it’s really quick to make (about 1 – 1.5 hours) and you don’t need a pattern. It’s a great way of keeping your make up brushes tidy so that you can easily find the one you need; it’s also machine washable so you can keep your make up brush holder as clean as your make up brushes!

To make the make up brush roll, you’ll need:

  •  2 fat quarters (I picked two different patterns, however you could have two identical pieces)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • 1m ribbon
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

Making your make up brush roll:

  • With the fat quarter you are going to use as your inner, fold your fabric in half then fold back half of the folded fabric back on itself (if you look at your fabric sideways on, it should look like a spikey ‘h’ shape) – you can see this better on the bottom left image. This will make the pocket for your brushes.
  • Top stitch the fold (as seen in the bottom left image) to hold your fold together at the top of your pocket
  • Vertically stitch the pocket at intervals to make your individual brush pockets, don’t forget to leave an extra 1.5cm at each end to allow for your seam allowance – for mine, I had a 6cm pocket at each end, then moving inwards I had a 5cm pocket at each end, then a 4cm pocket at each end, then filled the middle with a series of 3cm pockets
  • Cut your outer piece of fabric so it is the same size as your inner and pin your two pieces of fabric together with the patterned sides together
  • Cut your length of ribbon in half and place flat between your two pieces of fabric (I lined mine up with the horizontal line of the pocket) – you want one end of your ribbon pieces to be caught in your seam, but don’t forget to make sure the other end of the ribbon does not meet the other end of your roll; I did and managed to sew it (I know, stupid!!) so instead of having two ribbons to tie the roll, I essentially had a handle!

Top Tip

If you are worried about your ribbon fraying, hold the cut edge of it against a hot iron to fuse the edge – be careful to keep your fingers well back so you don’t burn yourself (I managed not to do this!)

  •  Stitch around the rectangle with a seam allowance of 1.5cm, leaving a 5cm gap somewhere on the bottom length for you to pull your fabric back through to the patterned side.
  • Cut the four corners of the rectangle diagonally (not cutting your stitch line) so you don’t have a bulk of material when it is pulled the right way
  • Turn your roll patterned side out and press your roll with a hot iron, tucking in the 5cm length you’ve not sewn
  • Top stitch around the rectangle of your make up roll – this will give a great finish but also catch that 5cm gap that you didn’t sew


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