Tutorial : DIY Make Up Bag With a Pretty Lace Edge Zip

We wanted to spoil you with a little sewing wizardry in this tutorial; this handy make up bag is just the right size for the essentials and conveniently fits in a handbag. Make one for yourself or as a gift to make someone a smile.

And the magic you ask – Odicoat! This clever gel gives fabrics a waterproof coating that is machine washable!

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Then for an extra flourish we’ve gone with a lace edged zip; we’re crazy about the way they take projects to another level. Once you get to grips with them you’ll be adding them to everything too!

Skill level: Intermediate Seam-Star

You will learn

  • How to apply ODIF Odicoat
  • How to insert a lace edge zip

You will need

If you don’t fancy making your own waterproof fabric, check out our guide to ready made options here

We used

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Important notes

1.5 cm seam allowance throughout, unless directed.

For steps using machine sewing, straight stitch, backstitching at the start & end using stitch length 3 unless otherwise stated.

Pre-wash your fabrics

Use clips or pin within the seam allowance – pin holes will remain visible.

If your machine is sticking to the Odicoat these tips may help:

  • Try a Teflon or roller foot, or a strip of Scotch ‘magic tape’ stuck to the bottom of a standard foot
  • Sew over tissue paper over the side that is slipping, and tear it away after.
  • Use an 80/12 needle


  • The finished purse is water resistant not waterproof.
  • Fabrics coated with Odicoat should only be washed at 30 degrees.

How To Use ODIF Odicoat

1. Before cutting, in case of shrinkage, apply the Odicoat to the right side of the lining fabric: Place your fabric right side up on a covered surface (greaseproof or plastic sheeting are ideal)

2. Spread a thin layer of Odicoat onto the fabric using the card provided; start from one corner and work outwards. Go back over the fabric with the card spreading out any thick patches/ streaks. Avoid moving the fabric until it is dry to prevent Odicoat getting onto the wrong side.

3. Wait until the Odicoat is touch dry (20 to 30 minutes) then apply a second coat. A third coat can be applied if required. Allow 24 hours for the Odicoat to cure fully.

Print the pattern

Print the pattern and cut it out. You can request the pattern is emailed to you here

4. Use the 1” test square to check the sizing. If the sizing is incorrect check print settings. Depending on the device used, select ‘actual size’ or deselect the ‘fit to page’ option.

5. Using the pattern piece cut out the following:

  • 2 pieces Outer fabric
  • 2 pieces Lining fabric
  • 2 pieces Interlining

6. Apply the interlining to the wrong side of the outer fabric

7. Align one outer & one lining piece right sides together. Clip top edges together (see pattern).

8. Sew the top edge then press the seam allowance toward the lining.

9. Understitch along the edge of the seam allowance on the lining side, sewing approx. 2mm from the seamline. This step is optional but will mean your lining rolls to the inside and won’t be visible on the outer.

10. Fold the panel along the seamline then cover and press.

11. Repeat steps 7. to 10. for the other outer and lining pieces.

Inserting The Lace Edge Zip

12. Check the zip works.

13. Open one panel out flat and align the zipper teeth next to the seamline on the lining side

14. Tape the zip in place.

15. Sew the zip using a zipper foot just above the lace cut outs.

16. Refold the panel along the pressed seam line

17. Repeat steps 13. to 16. for the other panel ensuring the 2 sides line up.

18. Check the zip then leave the pull halfway.

19. Open out the panels bringing the outer and lining fabrics right sides together and clip the bottom edges.

20. Align the zip ends and clip them together.

21. Clip the 2 sides, leaving the cut out corners unclipped.

22. Sew both sides and bottom edges leaving a 10cm turning gap in the lining.

23. One at a time open out the corners, align the side and base seam lines with the seam allowances open.

24. Align the edges, then clip and sew them together.

25. Turn the purse out the right way.

26. Clip and sew the gap in the lining closed: either machine straight stitch or hand sew with ladder stitch

And you’re done! Congrats!

We hope you found this tutorial useful!

Let us know how you get along in the comments below 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Tutorial : DIY Make Up Bag With a Pretty Lace Edge Zip”

  1. Love these I have 8grandaughters ranging from 15to28 who would love them,I live in Australia

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