How to Make a Wash Bag for DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

How to Make a Wash Bag for DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads


This video tutorial shows how to sew a small wash bag with a zipper to hold reusable makeup remover wipes, lingerie, underwear, and socks in the laundry.

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads and Mesh Wash Bag Tutorial

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing how to make DIY reusable makeup remover pads and how to make a wash bag to clean them in. This is a rather practical gift for anyone you know that wears makeup. The reusable makeup wipes replace the need for cotton rounds or cotton balls to remove makeup. This project is also environmentally friendly since you can use an old towel for the wipes instead of throwing it away. I store these in my bathroom and also use them for toner.

Reusable cotton makeup wipes next to a mesh zipper bag for washing

When you add a wash bag for the diy makeup remover wipes, this makes a good gift. I store these in my bathroom and use grape seed oil on them to get my makeup off at night. In the morning, I use witch hazel on them as a cleanser and toner. When you add a wash bag for the diy makeup remover wipes, this makes a thoughtful gift. Plus, the wash bag can also be used as a lingerie bag to protect your bras, underwear, and other intimates and delicates in the washing machine. It’s a good size for one bra on the smaller end, or you can adjust the dimensions given and make your bag larger to hold more.

Mesh laundry bag sewn to hold a bra in the wash

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Materials Needed

Want to make your own eusable cotton rounds and make a wash bag to gift them in? Since there are two parts to this project, the makeup rounds and the wash bag, here are all the fabrics and supplies you’ll need.

  • Old towel or terry cloth fabric for the makeup rounds. Alternatively, if you prefer a softer fabric, you could use flannel.
  • Sewing machine that can do a zig zag stitch or a serger, needles, thread, scissors, etc.
  • Mesh fabric or mosquito netting, 2 pieces cut to 9 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall
  • Quilting cotton fabric scraps:
    • 4 pieces measuring 2 inches tall by 9 inches wide. 
    • One 2 inch tall by 4 inch wide strip to cover the zipper pull. One long edge of the 4 inch piece should be folded to the wrong side 1/2 inch and pressed.
  • A 9 inch zipper
  • Sewing clips (affiliate link) – these work better on mesh than pins do.

The finished diy wash bag is 8 inches wide by 7 inches tall. If you need to change the size of your bag (like for a larger lingerie bag pattern), adjust your height and width of the netting, then adjust the width (but not the height) of the quilting cotton pieces and zipper length to match the new width of your mesh.

Makeup wipes sewn from an old towel stored in a glass jar

How to Make DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

To make the reusable makeup rounds, you simply start with two 3 inch by 3 inch squares of towel. Place them together, then either round them off with scissors and zig zag stitch around the edges. One side of the stitches should just miss the edge of the fabric, the other should land on the fabric. For the other method, use the serger to round the corners off and stitch them together at the same time. Both methods are demonstrated in the video below and on YouTube here.

Comparison of makeup remover pads sewn with a zig zag stitch or a serger

How to Sew a Mesh Wash Bag for the Laundry

To make the bag to wash these in, follow the video tutorial below or on YouTube here. There’s a summary of written instructions below the video as well, but some of them won’t make sense until you watch the video. The burrito method used is simple once you’ve done it, but confusing to try to explain or understand in writing.

Wash bag with reusable makeup remover pads inside to wash.

Instructions to Sew a Lingerie Wash Bag

Time needed: 1 hour.

DIY Lingerie Laundry Bag

  1. Make a zipper sandwich.

    Start with the zipper, two of the 9 inch fabric strips, and the 4 inch strip. Place one of the 2 inch by 9 inch pieces of fabric right side up. Place the zipper right side up on top of it. Place the 4 inch fabric piece on top, right side up, at the zipper tab end. The folded edge should face toward the bottom of the zipper. Unzip the zipper partially so that you can sew near the teeth without the pull tab getting in the way. Finally, place another 9 inch piece of quilting cotton wrong side up on top. Pin all layers together.

  2. Sew the zipper.

    Align raw edges of all layers and stitch with a zipper foot in a straight line to sandwich the zipper in the middle. Stop after a couple inches and close the zipper so you can sew the rest of the seam. Flip the longer pieces of fabric wrong sides together and press flat. Repeat the sandwich on the other side of the zipper, so that both sides of the zipper are enclosed.

  3. Sew the mesh to the zipper.

    Lay the zipper assembly so the right side of the zipper is face up. Place one piece of mesh right sides together with one side of the quilting cotton, aligning raw edges of the fabric. Roll the mesh up, and then roll wrong side quilting cotton piece from the same side of the zipper around so that it is right sides together with the first piece of quilting cotton. The mesh should be sandwiched in the middle of the burrito. Pin and then sew this seam with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out. Repeat this process with the other piece of mesh on the other side of the zipper.

  4. Sew the side seams.

    Partially unzip the zipper, then fold the bag right sides together. Using a zig zag stitch, sew the side seams and the bottom of the bag. Turn the bag right side out, zip it up and you’re done!

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How To Make A Phone Pillow Holder: Easy Step By Step Guide

How To Make A Phone Pillow Holder: Easy Step By Step Guide


Are you tired of holding your phone when watching tv? Try making a phone pillow holder with this tutorial and free sewing pattern.

Make a phone pillow to hold your phone using this free sewing pattern

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing how to make a phone pillow holder. This is a great gift to sew for teen like mine, who seem to each have and iPhone surgically attached to them. These feel like bean bags and have a similar weight. So they’ll hold a phone up without getting knocked over, but are soft enough that they won’t be uncomfortable if someone falls asleep with one. Not that I’m advocating phones in bed, just that I have teen kids and I’m a realist.

Woman's hand holds an aqua bean bag phone holder that she sewed

This also makes a handy gift for adults – I use mine to hold up my cell phone in the kitchen if I’m cooking a recipe I’m looking at online. Plus, I’m sharing a free pattern to make this DIY phone pillow stand. It’s an easy sew you can finish quickly. It also uses just a small amount of fabric, so if you’re strapped for time it’s a perfect thing to make at the last minute.

iPhone standing vertically supported on a pillow designed to hold it

This diy phone stand is a perfect gift for anyone who might use their phone for binge-watching. It’s comfortable to hold on your stomach if you’re lying down while you catch the newest popular series.

Top view of a phone holder pillow in a pyramid shape

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Materials Needed

To make your own mobile phone pillow, you’ll need:

  • Plastic pellets (affiliate link) I ultimately chose to use these instead of dried rice or beans as my stuffing because I didn’t want to risk a kid spilling something on theirs. Moldy rice or bean stuffing = yuck and the likelihood of one of these taking a spill is high. This way it’s a washable bean bag type pillow.
  • Fabric – I used quilting cotton, but you can also use canvas, or other mid weight woven fabric.
  • A handful of polyester fill or cotton fiber stuffing.
  • Sewing machine and the usual supplies: needles, threads, scissors, etc.
  • The pattern, see below for how to get it
Side view of a phone holder pillow pattern

Lazy Pillow Stand Sizing

The phone displayed in this post is a 6 inch cell phone, but I think this pillow could comfortably hold smartphones up to 8 inches tall. This is not quite big enough to hold larger tablets. However, it does hold smaller e-readers and devices similar to my Kindle Paperwhite.

Stand to hold a Kindle Paperwhite

You could experiment with different sizes by printing the pattern at a larger percentage than 100, I would just recommend that you fold and tape the pyramid together in paper form before sewing it up to check your dimensions. That way you’ll know if your iPad will fit before you cut the fabric.

You can also use this diy cell phone stand as a diy tripod if you smush the pellets around to hold your phone in a more upright position. Otherwise, it’s not the best angle for a tripod.

How to Get the Pattern

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

Note that the pattern has a 1/2 inch seam allowance included.

Tutorial to Sew a Phone Pillow

To sew up your own phone pillow, watch the video tutorial below or on YouTube here.

Step by Step Instructions for a Cell Phone Pillow Holder

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Sew a DIY iPhone Pillow Holder

  1. Cut out your pattern

    Cut your pattern template and fabric and transfer the markings using a fabric pen or washable marker. Use the sharp tips of your scissors to cut each notch on the pattern precisely. If you don’t want to print the rectangle piece, it is 4 inches by 7 inches and you can cut with a ruler and rotary cutter.

  2. Sew the ledge piece

    Fold the ledge strip piece in half, right sides together, matching long edges. Stitch across each short end. Turn the piece right side out and then, using a ruler, draw a line one inch from the folded long edge. Next, topstitch along this line, leaving a 1 inch gap in the middle of the line. Stuff the poly fill fiber into the space between the fold and the stitched line, then stitch the gap closed.

  3. Sew the first side of the pillow

    Fold the fabric so you can match the two edges of the pattern that have the double line markings on them. Sandwich the ledge piece between them, aligning the raw edges. Pin in place, then stitch this edge.

  4. Sew the second side of the pillow

    Match the edges of the fabric that have the dots and sew this seam, making sure not to catch the ledge piece in your stitching.

  5. Sew the last side of the pillow

    Match the edges that have the star markings and stitch this seam, leaving a gap to turn the pillow right side out.

  6. Fill the pillow

    Next, turn the pillow right side out and using a funnel or a rolled up piece of paper, pour pellets into the pillow to stuff it. Finally, use a ladder or slip stitch to sew up the gap and complete the pillow.

iPhone with a black screen on a phone pillow holder

Now you or your gift recipient can enjoy their favorite show on Netflix. Their new phone holder will keep the screen at a comfortable viewing angle for them.





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Free Purse Pattern and Sewing Tutorial for Beginners

Free Purse Pattern and Sewing Tutorial for Beginners


Learn how to make a reversible purse from scratch using only one pattern piece.

Sew a reversible bag with a free purse pattern

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a free purse pattern PDF that is suitable for sewing beginners. You can use quilting cotton to make it. And it doesn’t have any zippers or buttons to make things tough, so this is a great project for newbies. With both curved and straight edges, plus one corner to pivot, this is a good practice piece for those learning to sew. And if you’re not a beginner, know that this sews up in very little time, using only one pattern piece, and makes a great gift. You sew this easy purse entirely on the machine; there is no hand sewing involved in the finishing.

Woman in leggings, boots and chambray shirt carrying a handmade reversible cotton purse

The straps of the bag knot at the top, so the length adjusts depending on where you knot it. If you knot it long, like I’m showing above, it’s a great DIY shoulder bag. Knot the straps more tightly to transform it to a tote bag you can carry by the hand.

Knotted purse handle in pink and gold

Choosing your Fabrics

Reversible purse pattern side by side images showing gold side out then pink side out

A fun thing about this free sewing pattern is that it is completely reversible. Pick two coordinating fabrics in your favorite colors and decide which you’d like to see the most, then put that side to the outside. Change your bag when you change your outfit and flip the other side to the outside. The fabrics I used are Liberty Fabrics Emily Belle Saffron and Riley Blake Stardust Sparkle Baby Pink.

Close up of topstitching on a reversible purse pattern

While this free pattern doesn’t have pockets, you could certainly add patch pockets easily to both sides. As it is, there’s plenty of room for everyday necessities. You could also add a button or magnetic snap to the top as a closure if you’d like. However, the open top of this little bag makes it perfect as a shopping bag for me. I could also see using it as a good bag to carry my knitting projects with me.

Quilting cotton bag on the shoulder of the woman who sewed the pattern

Materials Needed

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Want to make your own bag? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 yard outer fabric, 45 inches wide I suggest quilting cotton, but linen, lightweight canvas and lightweight denim will all work. For heavier fabrics like canvas and denim you’ll likely want to skp the interfacing.
  • 1 yard inner fabric, 45 inches wide
  • 2 1/4 yards of lightweight fusible interfacing (more about interfacing here)
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread, scissors, etc
  • Optional: point turning stiletto (affiliate link)
  • The pattern (see below for details to get it)

How to Get the PDF Sewing Pattern

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

This pattern includes half inch seam allowances. The finished bag, when the strap is knotted, is about 27 inches long with the bag part about 9 inches wide by 11 inches tall, a good size for everyday use. Though I don’t recommend this with clothing, you can print this template at a smaller or larger percentage than 100% to make a larger or smaller sized bag.

Sew The Bag

To sew this bag, watch the video below or on YouTube here. IMPORTANT: watch the video BEFORE cutting out your fabric to avoid cutting your pieces incorrectly. A summary of written instructions is below the video as well.

Sewing Instructions for an Everyday Purse

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Sew a Simple Bag

  1. Cut out your pieces

    Lay your lining fabric right side down in a single layer. Lay your outer fabric on top of it in a single layer. Place your pattern piece on it right side up. Cut out once, then move the pattern over and cut out again. You should have 2 identical outer pieces and 2 identical lining pieces that are a mirror image to the outer pieces. Fold your interfacing in half matching the short edges and cut out 4 total pieces as shown below. How to lay out purse interfacing

  2. Sew the curves.

    Place the two outer pieces right sides together. Sew around the bottom curve from one side to the other. Next, repeat this with the lining. Clip the curves.

  3. Sew the lining to the outer fabric.

    Turn the lining right side out and place it inside the outer fabric, matching raw edges and seams. Stitch around the handles and bag opening, leaving a 3 inch gap on the straight part of one strap. Clip curves.

  4. Turn right side out

    Turn the bag right side out through the gap in the strap. Push the lining inside, and then press all the way around the straps and bag opening. Press the raw edges of the gap in toward each other.

  5. Topstitch

    Topstitch around both straps and bag opening, sewing the gap closed in the process. Knot the straps together and you’re done!

Brunette woman in sunglasses carrying a shoulder bag she sewed

If you enjoyed sewing this project, check out this link for more free bag patterns and tutorials on my site, as well as other accessories to sew.

Accessories and Gifts to Sew





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Sew a Coin Purse Pattern With A Video Tutorial

Sew a Coin Purse Pattern With A Video Tutorial


Learn how to sew a cute and easy coin purse using a clasp frame and a free pattern.

How to sew a coin purse with a free pattern to make a clasp frame pouch

Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a coin purse pattern for this adorable frame purse. I have a video tutorial showing you how to sew these up and a free coin purse pattern you can download to make your own. These pouches would make great little gifts for someone with a treasure to keep up with. As a kid I would have used one for loose change, but since I rarely carry cash anymore I’m more likely to put ear buds inside.

Three kiss frame mini bags both closed and open to show contrasting inner lining

This mini kiss clutch pattern is lined, so I had fun mixing and matching the outer fabric, clasp frame color, and lining fabric. The DIY coin purse color combinations make me happy they’re so cheerful! It’s fun to get a contrasting color pop inside each one. And this sewing project is also a portable one, since attaching the frame requires hand sewing.

Three different coin pouches sewn in pink, gold and aqua

What You Will Need to Sew the Coin Purse

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To make your own clasp purse you’ll need the supplies below.

  • Outer and lining fabric – you’ll need scraps that are 9 inches by 6 inches. I used quilting cotton from the Riley Blake Basics lines Pin Drop and Blossom. I think these would also be great in velvet with silk lining, though that would be a little more fiddly to work with.
  • Optional: fusible interfacing
  • Purse clasp frame (affiliate link) the linked ones are the exact ones I bought, but if you can’t get those I show how to modify the pattern in the video. You want to make sure your frame has the sewing holes in it to use this method of construction.
  • Optional – sewing stiletto. I use this one (affiliate link) in the video.
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Sewing machine, needle, thread, etc. This adorable coin purse is small enough that you could also hand stitch it if you don’t have a sewing machine.
Blue teal pouch sewn with a yellow kiss clasp frame

How to Get the Free Sewing Pattern for the Coin Pouch

To get this pattern, you must either be a free newsletter subscriber or have purchased a gallery access pass. Then click your preferred option from the buttons below. Existing newsletter subscribers should look at the bottom of the most recent Friday newsletter for the current free pattern gallery password. If you purchased the all access pass you’ll log in to your shop account to download the pattern. Note that the free version of the pattern does not have printable instructions so you’ll need to refer to this post for instructions.

Note that the coin purse pattern has a 1/4 inch seam allowance included in the pattern. You’ll want to mark the dots on the wrong side of each fabric.

Pink coin purse sewn with a mint clasp frame

How to Make a Clasp Pouch

To sew up your coin purse pattern, watch the video below or on YouTube here. I also have written instructions below the video.

Sewing Instructions for a Clasp Purse

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Sew a Coin Purse Pattern for a Kiss Clasp Frame

  1. Sew the sides

    Fold the lining and outer pieces of fabric in half at the fold line, right sides together. Use the side of a pencil, an iron, or point turner to press the fold crease into the fabric. Sew down each side from the dot to the fold. Remember to backstitch at each dot.

  2. Box the corners

    Using the tip of your scissors, clip each side at the fold to the stitching line. Open the seam and press it toward the bottom crease. Mark a 3/4 inch to 1 inch wide line across the corner. Repeat with the other corner and with the corners on the lining piece. Stitch across all 4 corners.

  3. Sew the lining to the outer fabric

    Turn one fabric right side out and then place it inside the other fabric pouch so that right sides are together. Stitch together from each dot across the curved edge. One one side, leave a gap for turning.

  4. Attach fabric to purse frame.

    Turn the pouch right side out, making sure the lining side is inside the pouch. Using a hand sewing needle, stitch through all layers to attach the purse to the frame. Make sure that the raw edges of fabric from the turning gap are pressed to the inside before stitching that portion.

Frame purse pattern sewn in gold fabric with a pink frame

Tips for Coin Purse Sewing Success

These accessories are a great place to play with fussy cutting, the act of cutting your fabric to highlight a certain part of a print. If your print is directional, you can fold the pattern in half and add a seam allowance to the bottom, then cut two pattern pieces with the print in the correct direction on each. Seam them together at the bottom.

If your purse frame is a different shape than mine, see the video instructions for what part of the pattern to alter to match the purse frame you have. If your frame is wider than mine you can also slash the pattern vertically and spread it to match.





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How to Sew a Makeup Bag – Easy to Clean Vinyl Cosmetic Bag

How to Sew a Makeup Bag – Easy to Clean Vinyl Cosmetic Bag


Learn how to make your own makeup bag. This DIY cosmetic bag pattern is stain resistant and durable.

How to sew a makeup bag with vinyl

Hey y’all, today I’m going to show you how to sew a makeup bag with a vinyl covering to protect custom embroidery.This zipper cosmetic pouch was a gift for my daughter. I knew I wanted to make it easy to clean for her and resistant to stains. I also knew I wanted to make it personal to her, so the embroidery was chosen with her input.

Represent! Embroidery book review and project

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I’m also going to review the book Represent! Embroidery from which I got the design I sewed on this cosmetic bag. I was so excited when Bianca asked if she could send me a review copy to be part of the tour for her book.

Represent! Embroidery Stitch 10 Colorful Projects & 100 Designs Featuring a Full Range of Shapes, Skin Tones & Hair Textures

Add Custom Embroidery – Represent! Embroidery Book Review

If you’ve been a reader on this site for a while, you have seen Bianca’s pattern weights when I posted about using them with my rotary cutter. And similarly to those weights, I appreciate Bianca’s attention to detail in this book. Not only are the designs fresh and fun, she really did cover a range of skin tones, hair types, and body shapes. I particularly love the section on embroidering different hair styles. Her crayon tinting technique was also something I had never seen and it’s what I used for the skin on the girl I embroidered.

Hand embroidered design from Represent! Embroidery book

The book includes the girl embroidery design as an iron on transfer. Since I wanted mine to be a little smaller I re-sized the design and traced it onto my fabric. I used regular embroidery floss for the flowers, outlines and the girl’s shirt. Then I switched to perl cotton for the hair and the word Lovely. I added the word Lovely during the embroidery process at my daughter’s request. She chose a font she liked and I just traced the word off my computer screen onto the fabric.

DIY Cosmetic bag with water proof fabrics

Materials for a Cosmetic Bag

Because so much work went into the canvas and embroidery, I wanted to make sure to protect it for use near makeup. So I came up with the idea of adding a vinyl layer to the outside. And since I didn’t want makeup to leak from the inside either, I used waterproof lining as well. Here’s a list of the materials I used:

  • White 7 oz canvas for the embroidered front and the back, 1/3 yard
  • Lightweight fusible interfacing for the wrong side of the outer fabric
  • 4 gauge vinyl (affiliate link) 1/3 yard for outer layer
  • Telio Seattle Metallic Waterproof Nylon Black 1/3 yard for the lining fabric
  • 12 inch zipper (affiliate link)
  • Flamingo point turner (affiliate link)
  • Sewing clips (affiliate link) because you don’t want to pin vinyl
  • Sewing machine including a zipper foot & basic sewing notions (needle, thread, etc)
  • Optional but handy – rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Easy to clean makeup pouch sewn with waterproof fabric

Makeup Bag Pattern Pieces

Here are the pattern pieces you need to cut for this DIY makeup bag:

  • Two 9 inch tall by 13 inch wide rectangles out of each: outer fabric, lining, and vinyl
  • One 15 inch by 2 inch piece of outer fabric and of vinyl for wrist strap

I suggest cutting your pattern pieces with a rotary cutter, ruler and mat. However, if you don’t have those you can use a ruler or measuring tape to draw the pieces on your fabric and cut them out with scissors. Note that these cutting measurements include a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Finally, the finished pouch measures 8 inches tall by 12 inches wide.

How to Make a DIY Cosmetic Carrier

This makeup bag tutorial will help you create great gifts! To sew a makeup bag, follow the video tutorial below or on YouTube here if the video won’t load for some reason.

This zipper bag tutorial has the step by step video and the written instructions for a zipper pouch if you’ve never sewn one before. This post has more tips for sewing with vinyl. And below is an outline of the steps to sew a cosmetic bag if you just want the order of construction.

Order of Construction for a makeup tote

Time needed: 20 minutes.

How to sew a makeup bag

  1. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabrics

    Use lightweight, fusible interfacing. This is optional, but it does help the bag hold its shape and wrinkle less.

  2. Baste the vinyl to the outer fabric

    Layer the vinyl on top of the right side of the outer fabric and then baste at 1/4 inch around the edges. I prefer to baste from the center of each edge toward the corner in case the vinyl shifts. Treat the two fabrics as one outer fabric for the rest of this tutorial.

  3. Press the wrist strap

    Match long raw edges of wrist strap fabric and press wrong sides together. Open and press raw edges toward center crease. Fold strap on first crease and press again so that all raw edges are inside. Match long edges of vinyl wrist strap and use a point turner or side of a pencil to press a crease in the middle.

  4. Sew the wrist strap

    Put the fabric wrist strap inside the vinyl one and clip. Push the fabric toward the fold in the vinyl. Stitch the vinyl together next to the edge of the fabric. Then stitch again in the middle of the strap, through both layers of vinyl and all layers of fabric. Trim excess vinyl off the wrist strap.

  5. Sew the zipper

    Sandwich one edge of the zipper tape between the outer fabric and lining fabric, with right side of zipper against outer fabric and the two fabrics right sides together. Stitch with a zipper foot. fold and finger press fabrics away from the zipper and topstitch next to teeth if desired. Repeat on other side.

  6. Sew the sides

    Unfold fabric and partially unzip the zipper. Then place outer fabrics right sides together and lining fabrics right sides together. Push zipper teeth toward lining. Clip the folded wrist strap in between outer fabric layers at zipper edge. Next, stitch around sides and bottoms, backstitching over wrist strap. Leave a gap in the bottom of the lining for turning. Clip corners.

  7. Finish the gap

    Finally, turn the pouch right side out. The last step is to close the hole in the lining with a blind stitch or with topstitching on the edge.





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Sew a Hat – How to Make a Custom Hat in 5 Easy Steps

Sew a Hat – How to Make a Custom Hat in 5 Easy Steps


Learn how to sew a hat with this DIY tutorial. Free sewing pattern template included to make a hat customized for you.

Make a hat for anyone in any size with this tutorial

Hey y’all – today I’m going to show you how to sew a hat. I’ll be sharing how to make a hat like this particular one, but also share a template that will help you draft any kind of hat you want and then sew a hat. Using the tools and information in this post, you can sew up any kind of non-stretchy hat you’d like, from a top hat to a bucket hat to a baseball cap. If you’d like a stretchy beanie hat, check out this post instead.

If you prefer a video tutorial, check out how to make a hat below or on YouTube here. Note that I make the black bucket hat in the video, and the gray sun hat in the photo tutorial in this post. There are slight differences between the construction of the two hats, so I’d suggest both watching and reading to get all the info about your options when drafting and sewing a hat pattern. For the written step-by-step tutorial and so much more useful information, see below the video.

Parts of a Hat

Let’s start by talking about the parts of a hat, as shown below. There are really only 3 main parts – the crown, the side band, and the brim.

Parts of a Hat - http://mellysews.com

The crown of the hat is the very top. Depending on the style of the hat, it can be the same size as the head circumference, smaller or larger.

The band is the side of the hat. It connects the brim and the crown together. It can be a rectangle if the crown is the same circumference as the head, or more of a trapezoid shape to connect a crown and opening of different sizes.

The brim is the part of the hat that sticks out and provides shade to the face and neck. A hat brim can be the same width all around, or can be wider in some parts than others. For example, the brim of a cowboy hat might be wider on the sides to allow the sides to be shaped upwards and give it that characteristic silhouette.

Brunette woman wearing a black twill bucket hat shew sewed

How to Use the Crown Template

One main measurement is needed to make a hat, and that is the head circumference. You measure around the head where the hat will sit – usually just above the ears. Keep the measuring tape level all the way around. Then you’ll use that measurement to determine both the head opening of the hat in the brim and the size of the crown, and from the brim and crown you’ll make the band.

So, here I have a crown template pattern. When you download the pdf and print it, it looks like this:

Hat crown template - how to sew a hat - mellysews.com

It has crown sizes 24 1/2″ all the way down to 19 1/2″. Which means that you could use it for babies up to grown men. But first let’s talk about how to use it.

Depending on the hat style, you may want the crown about the same size as the head circumference (like the flat brim hat shown in this post), slightly smaller (like this rain bucket hat was) or larger (like how you gather in the crown of a chef’s hat).

In general, you’ll want to measure the person’s head and add 1/2″ (this is for the thickness the brim seams will add), then choose the size of the crown based on that. For example, my husband’s head measured 22 1/4″, so adding 1/2″ that gave me 22 3/4″, so I went with the 23″ template to start.

How to Draft Your Hat Sewing Pattern

Once you know what size head circumference you’re drafting for, you can make your pattern. Start by deciding if you want the crown to be the same size as the head circumference or smaller or bigger.

I decided that I wanted the crown on the hat in this post slightly smaller than the head opening. So I used the 23″ template and measured in 1/2″ (the seam allowance I used).  You can see this in the image below. You need to know the length of that dashed line in order to draft the top of your band.

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But here’s a trick you can use on the template for some sizes: measure in 1/2″ (or whatever seam allowance you’re using) on the template and then look at which circumference that is. In this case, measuring in got me to the 21″ circumference. So I didn’t have to measure my dashed line, because the template tells me it’s 21″ around. Obviously this doesn’t work with smaller hat sizes. So for those you’d need to draw the seam allowance line and measure it.

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Once you have your crown determined, you can easily draft the rest of the hat. Let’s start with the side band. First, determine the side band height you want. In this case I used a height of 4 inches – which would put the hat above my husband’s ears with the crow resting on top of his head. If I wanted to make a top hat, I’d make a taller band, maybe 6-8 inches tall.

Draw a rectangle that is the height you want by the head circumference plus 1/2″ measurement. Use scissors to cut this rectangle into 8 pieces, starting from the top of the band and cutting to but not through the bottom edge. Then overlap the top edges enough to equal the seam measurement from the crown of the hat. This will create a curved piece.

For example, I started with a 4″ x 23″ rectangle. Do a bit of math: 23 (crown) – 21 (head circumference) = 2, 2 divided by 8 (number of cuts in band) = 0.25 or 1/4. I overlapped each piece 1/4″ so that the top of my side band was 21″ and the bottom was still 23″. Add seam allowances all around the side band, and you’ve got your side band piece.

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To draft the brim, first you need to decide if you want a flat brim or a shaped brim. In this case I went with flat, and drafting that is as easy as determining the brim width (in this case I started with 5 1/2″ because the hubs said he wanted a really wide brim, but after showing it to him, ended up doing 4 inches as the brim, including the seam allowances. Don’t forget to add a seam allowance to the inside of the brim when you cut that circle out.

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If you wanted a shaped brim, you would take a pie shaped wedge out of the brim and then close the gap – this would create a brim that would either flip up or flip down, depending on how you sew it in. The bigger the pie slice, the more the brim would angle. The idea is illustrated below, but note that you may wish to take your pie slice out of a different piece or you might want

Drafting a hat brim - how to sew a hat - mellysews.com

For hats like baseball caps, you combine the crown and the band, then sew up darts and add a brim only to the front edge of the pattern. The images below show how you’d do that. For reference 5 1/2 inches is a good starting number for the diameter of your crown piece for an adult baseball cap, and 3 3/4 inches is a good starting height. Here is an example of how you’d draft the pattern for a baseball cap or trucker hat; the trucker hat would have the sides squared up higher than I show for the baseball cap for a slightly wider in diameter crown.

How to make a pattern for a baseball cap or trucker hat

Before you cut your fabric, it’s a great idea to test your pattern with paper. Cut your pattern pieces out of a sheet of printer paper or use construction paper. Cut off the seam allowances or fold them down. Then you can tape or glue the pieces together to get a good idea of shape and fit before cutting your fabric. When I used to teach theatre, we often did this to make temporary costumes while we worked on the final hat.

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Materials to Sew a Hat

For this hat I used cotton twill, quilting cotton for lining, and heavy weight sew in interfacing. For the bucket hat in the video I used fusible interfacing (affiliate link) Other materials you might use for hatmaking are wool felt, particularly if you’re trying to shape a brim, and buckram (affiliate link) for stiffening the brim. You’ll also need your sewing machine, needle, thread, etc.

Once your pattern is drafted, here’s your cut list:

  • Two brims of main fabric and at least 2 of interfacing or 1 of buckram
  • 1 side band of each fabric – main, lining and interfacing
  • 1 crown of each fabric – main, lining and interfacing
  • Grosgrain ribbon to finish the lining

Heavy duty sew in interfacing can give hats body and I find it easier to work with than buckram because it’s not as stiff. For this brim I used 4 pieces, sandwiched on top and bottom of the two brim pieces. Sew around the outside edge.

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Trim the seam down to 1/4″ or less, then turn the brim right side out.

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Press the brim. A point turner (affiliate link) is helpful for this.

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To reinforce the brim even more, I sewed a bunch of lines about 1/2″ apart (except for the two closest to the outside edge  those are 1/4″ apart)

Topstitching on brim - How to sew a hat - http://mellysews.com

Next, sew the side band together at the side seam. I sew the interfacing with the main fabric, and the lining separately.

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Pin the side band to the crown. As you can see, the crown is flat at the seam line, but not at the edges. This is OK as long as your seamlines match. Stitch. Repeat with main fabric crown/side band. Trim down seam allowances after stitching.

Attach crown to side band - How to sew a hat - http://mellysews.com

Notch the brim in the seam allowance all around the inside edge.

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Pin the brim to the crown/side band assembly. Stitch.

Attach crown & side band to brim - How to sew a hat - http://mellysews.com

Add the lining into the hat, wrong sides together.

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To finish the inside, add ribbon. 1 1/2″ or wider grosgrain or satin ribbon cut to the head circumference plus 1/2″ and seam allowance works best. Sew the ribbon into a loop. Then, pin it over the raw edge of the hat and lining, so that the ribbon is against the brim. Stitch, then flip the ribbon to the inside of the hat.

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Topstitch around the bottom edge of the side band to hold the ribbon in place and you’re done.

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And there we have it – a new hat perfect for mowing the lawn and other outdoor work. I hope this tutorial is helpful for you to create the custom hat of your imagination.

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And since I think the hat makes the Halloween costume, check out some other hats I’ve made for my kids in this post.

Halloween Hats are the easiest way to make or break a costume. Find 10 great tutorials here - Melly Sews
How to sew a hat - detailed tutorial and free template for all head sizes - shows you how to draft/sew any kind of hat.





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