Little Can of Hate

This is my last holiday post guys. I’ve been on a roll of unselfish sewing! I am the most amazed by all this. A Hubby shirt, a clutch and now a makeup bag. I always make something for my bestie for the holiday. I originally was going to make her a clutch bag but the more I thought about it the more I realized that she wouldn’t use it. It’s just not her style at all. I had to brain storm and quickly. Again, I went to Pinterest and went through all the bags I had pinned. I found a box style makeup bag. I can work with that. I happened to pick up some Doctor Who fabric from the remnant bin at Jo-Ann’s. I’ve been scoring big time lately!

A lot of my non-pattern makes come with a lot of sketching. The pin I found had dimensions for quite a large box bag and I didn’t really understand how it was put together. I even made it out of paper and it still didn’t come together right. I spent way more time than I’d like to admit on trying to figure out the proper dimensions so if you want to make one I’ll save you some frustration, here’s a tutorial.

Finished Dimensions: 7 1/2″ x 3″ x 3″

All seam allowances are 1/2″

You’ll need:

  • 11 1/2″ x 13″ lining fabric
  • 11 1/2″ x 13″ outer fabric
  • 11 1/2″ x 13″ interfacing
  • zipper


First cut out all your pieces.


This is my lining. You’ll notice in other pics I made the outer piece two different fabrics. Pretty much, if you want to do that, you’ll cut the sides where they join a 1/2″ too wide. This way the fabrics will overlap 1/2″ so you can join them. Ta-da!

Putting the lining together is pretty quick. Iron your interfacing to the wrong side of your lining, like ya do. Then start sewing!


The outer short piece comes to the inner piece right sides together. Make sure to fold the edge of the short piece towards the interfacing side along the length before sewing. This will make a nice edge for the inside near the zip.


Do this for both short pieces.


This part is hard to photograph. Next push the seam you just made to the center of the neighboring hole. Line up the edges and stitch. Do this on both sides.


You’ll see that this makes a box on this finished side. Repeat on the other end. Your lining is complete.

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Completely did not take pictures of me sewing in the zip but trust me, you do not want me to teach you to sew in a zip. Mine are pretty questionable sometimes. Let’s move to the outer fabric. Start by pressing the long edges of the short pieces in 1/4″. Pin your zipper to the pressed edges. My zipper wasn’t long enough so if yours isn’t either, that’s okay. I added fabric the same width as the zipper to the end of the zip. (You can see it in the pic above)  The length of your zip or zip + extender should be 11 1/2″, which is the full length of the pressed edge.

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Stitch the zip into place. I did this one well. 🙂

Complete the outer piece just like the lining.  Make sure to leave your zip partway open before completing all your sewing, otherwise you can’t turn it! If you want to add a pull tab, make sure to add it before stitching the first edges down. Mine was about 1″ long after I folded it in half. It should be place in between the right sides of the fabric towards the bag.

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At this point you should have two bags; inner and outer. To attach the lining to the outer bit, I hand stiched the two together at the zip.  I left the outer bag unturned and worked my lining over the outer. The interfacing should be against the wrong side of your outer fabric. I found it easier to sew this way. I did a blanket style stitch all around the zip. It was nice because I used the yellow squares or every other column, as my guide for each stitch. It made it so uniform all the way around.

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Once completed, I turned the whole bag around the right way. I pressed the box edges to make them nice and crisp. It gave it a less bloated look.

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You can see even with the shortie zipper, you can still get the bag open really wide.

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Just to really personalize the bag, I added her name in gold and a teeny tiny heart on the bottom.

What would I change? I would put a pull tab at each end and make the width on the short pieces a 1/4″ wider on the outer fabric. I think the fabric could stand to be a bit closer to the zip. I’m really happy with the bag. It turned out the size I hoped for and I really wanted to keep it so I know I did a good job. If it was just okay, there would be no reservations in letting it go.

If you don’t know why I called this post Little Can of Hate, please enjoy the comic below. (Sing to the tune of Soft Kitty)

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