I have a thing for sewing little accessories lately – they’re just too much fun :). You can use up little scraps and they make the perfect gifts. Plus they’re fun, did I mention that? The sewing tutorial I have for you today is just such a project – a lipstick case with a mirror. Cute, no? Oh so easy too.
It folds up into this nice little compact, perfect for tucking into your purse. Want to make one? Sweet, I took a picture of every step and have the free pattern and full tutorial after the jump!
Free Sewing Pattern and Sewing Tutorial For A Lipstick Case
Okay, I say this with every tutorial – but don’t let all the pictures scare you – this is a really simple project to make. There is a picture of every step for those that are more visual. If you want to print this tutorial, use the green print button at the bottom of the post. This feature will allow you to click on images to delete – helping to save on ink! Let’s get to it:
- all your sewing stuff
- two different kinds of fabric – scraps are perfect
- medium weight fusible interfacing
- snap closures
- 2½ x 2½ inch square mirror – you can go smaller (2 x 2), but no bigger than that
Click on each thumbnail below to open in a new window, right click and save to computer, then open and print. Or if you don’t want to download, just click on the photo and open in window choose file from your browser options and print from there.
Print with no scaling and no shrinking, letter format (should be default).
You will cut two pieces from each pattern except from the rectangle which will only need one. You can see from the photo which fabric I cut from for each. I only used the yellow print for the inside and an accent for the front outer. The rest were cut from the gray fabric. In the photo I forgot to add the second cut piece for the tab – that’s why I have x2 shown for you 🙂
You will also want to cut the interfacing according to the pattern pieces – but you can see the cuts I made in the photo too.
Lipstick Case Assembly:
It helps to read through the instructions before sewing. You will use a 1/4 inch seam allowance unless otherwise noted. If you are new to sewing I have a Sewing Tips Directory that might be helpful.
Start by trimming the interfacing of the smaller body piece and the tab by a 1/4 inch. Then iron the interfacing to the outer body fabric piece, the smaller body piece that will house the mirror, and one tab piece according to the package instructions.
Take the outer accent piece and fold down the top edge a 1/4 inch and press.
Pin to one end of the outer body piece right side up, lining up the corners, and sew along the top edge as indicated with the black dashes on the photo.
Hand sew the female side of the snap onto the accent side of the outer body in the center and about 3/4 of an inch from the side.
Now take the tab piece with interfacing and sew on the male snap about 3/4 of an inch from the rounded end.
With the other tab piece and right sides together, sew around the perimeter leaving the flat end open. Notch out the rounded corner and turn right side out and press.
Place on the outer fabric piece, opposite the accent piece with the raw edge about 3/4 of an inch from the body end as shown. Make sure that the snap is facing up and sew in place like shown in the image.
Fold down the tab, and sew at the base to secure the tab down. Set this panel to the side.
Now take the large rectangle piece, fold in half and press with the short ends meet. Sew with wrong sides together right along the fold as shown in the picture.
Next, we’ll make the pleats along the raw edges of the same piece (opposite of the side you just sewed). Fold in half to make a cease and mark the center with a pencil or water soluble marker. Now make a mark an 1/8 of an inch on either side of that center mark. Now measure one inch from each of those marks and mark.
To make the center pleats, take the two inside marks and line up with the center mark – press and tack in place.
For the side pleats, just fold them under a 1/4 inch at the mark and tack on each side. Then sew along the bottom securing the pleats.
Next pin the pleated piece to the inside body panel by lining up the ends and the sides.
After you have pinned, trim the corners of the pleated piece to be rounded like the body panel.
Sew right down the center of the pleated piece to the body panel using the center pleat as your guide. Make sure to back stitch!
With a basting stitch, sew the pleated piece to the inside panel making sure to keep those sides lined up as you go.
Now take the mirror piece with the interfacing and fold the top straight edge over a 1/4 inch and press. Sew right along the edge to secure.
Then draw a square centered on the interface part of the piece that is 1/4 inch smaller on all sides than that of the square.
Draw four 1/4 inch lines in towards the center, and connect with lines drawn between each like shown in the image above.
Cut out the center square along the lines, and then snip the 1/4 inch marks to the corners of the outer square. Fold back where you cut to the inside like shown and press. Then sew around the square to secure all the flaps to the inside.
Place on the inside panel opposite the pleated side lining up rounded corners and pin in place. Sew a basting stitch around the outside edges, leaving the top open.
Almost finished! With the tab folded in, pin the two panels right side together like shown.
Sew around the perimeter leaving a 3-4 inch opening to turn out. Be sure to back stitch!
Carefully turn the case right side out making sure to get the corners nice and rounded. Press with steam to get it nice and flat. Then turn the opening in a 1/4 of an inch to match the sides and sew closed right along the edge, continuing around the perimeter for a topstitch.
Press with steam again, and you should have a case made!
When you slide the mirror in, it should fit snugly. If not, add a little fabric glue to the back to hold in place.
Now just slip in your two favorite lipsticks, tuck in your purse and you’re good to go :).
Now that you’re finished with that, try your hand at The Little Betty Bag to slip it into – it’s a free pattern and tutorial too!
Have any questions? Leave them in the comments and I will happily answer them there.
I would love it if you shared, but please only use one photo and link back to the tutorial.
You’re more than welcome to make items made from the tutorial for sale on a small scale.
That about covers it!