Thursday, March 18, 2010

make it: a make-up brush travel roll tutorial and giveaway

I've been making a lot of stuff for kids lately, so I thought it was time to make something for the adult friends in my life.  Okay...the truth is that I wanted to make something for myself.  Yes, that's right, this little project was born from completely selfish motives...although I did make three of these little roll ups - one for myself, one for a friend's birthday and one for you...or at least one of you.  Leave a comment below by Monday, March 29 at 11:59 PM (give-away is now over, but stick around and learn how to make your own), and my oldest daughter will randomly pick a number to determine who is the super lucky winner of a super amazing travel roll.  (I figure if I use the word "super" enough, you will start to believe that this travel roll is indeed super.  Did it work?)  So let's begin.  

Things to grab before you begin:
*2 - 11 x 8 inch strips of fabric (one for the front and one for the back of the main body of the roll)
*1 - 11 x 8 inch strip of fusible interfacing (this will be sandwiched between the front and back strips)
*1 - 11 X 9 inch strip of fabric (this is for the pocket)
*1 - 20 inch length of ribbon

Step 1-
Iron on fusible interfacing to the 11 x 8 piece that the pocket will eventually be sewn to.  This is a great project to use up that jean material you've been saving from a pair of jeans you no longer wear.  However, I did use a really thin dark jean material.  (My relationship with fusible interfacing got off to a rocky start in January when I first worked with it, but now I've grown to appreciate it's unique role.  If you are unfamiliar with fusible interfacing or how to use it, click here for a little more info.)  

Step 2- 
Fold the 11 x 9 piece in half wrong sides together (the sides that you don't want to show are touching one another) to make the piece 11 x 4 1/2 (or almost 4 1/2).  Iron this piece.  This is the pocket piece.

Step 3-
Use a disappearing ink pen (find this at your local sewing or hobby store . . . LOVE IT!) to mark the lines you will sew on the pocket.  If you are someone who can sew straight lines, then you can skip this.  If you, like me, couldn't sew a straight line if your life depended on it, then the disappearing ink pen is your best friend.  You will want to vary the width of each space based on the brushes or tools (i.e. nail clippers, tweezers, cotton swabs, etc) you plan on putting in this travel roll.  I used a variety of widths - 1 1/4 inches to 3/4 inches.  Make sure the two end widths allow for the seam.

Step 4-
Sew this pocket piece to the bottom half of the front, or inside 11 x 8 piece that also as the fusible interfacing ironed on it (this is the piece that you will not see when it's rolled up) by sewing over the disappearing ink lines you marked on the pocket.  Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line.

Step 5-
When you've finished sewing the various-sized pockets, take the ribbon and fold it in half.  Pin the ribbon to one of the sides of the pocket piece at the half way point so that the ribbon lays on top across the piece with just a little bit of the fold hanging over.  Well, that was as clear as mud.  I clearly didn't explain that well, so check out the picture.   

Step 6-
Take this newly constructed pocket piece with the ribbon pinned to it and put it right sides together with the other 11 x 8 piece. (This means that the sides you want showing when the piece is finished should be touching so you can't see them.)  Pin these two pieces together.

Step 7-
Sew these two pieces together with a 1/4 seam, but leave about 2 inches unsown for turning.  (First picture - notice the 2 inch gap.)  I highly recommend leaving the 2 inch gap somewhere at the top of the roll - in other words, not where the pocket fabric is...although the roll is upside down in this picture so it looks like the gap in at the bottom.  Clip the corners to take of the point of the corner.  (This is a wonderful suggestion that I had no clue about until an expert sewer told me about while working on one of my first sewing projects.  This takes the bulk out of the corners.)  Turn the roll right sides out.  (Second picture - again notice gap in top left hand corner.)

Step 8-
Fold in the two inch gap and iron.  Then sew around the roll 1/4 inch or less from the edge, closing the 2 inch gap up. 

Step 10-
Immediately plan a trip to some exotic Des Moines, you can use your travel roll to keep your brushes, nail files, clippers, etc. in order.  (If you have no idea where Des Moines, Iowa is, then this joke will be lost on you.  I can assure you that it is not an exotic destination, but it is a place I've been often.) 

It's highly likely that something in this tutorial doesn't make sense or is unclear.  Please let me know if anything could be more clearly explained or if you have any questions and...
craft on!

**I'm working on a little bag to go with this.  That's been a little more difficult for my non-crafty hands to figure out though, so it will probably be a week before I have that tutorial done. 


Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm the first. Like the fabric choices!
Erin W.

Anonymous said...

This looks pretty easy. I think I could even make it. Are you going to post the name of the winner on Tuesday, or how are we supposed to find out who won?
stacy r.

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Yes, thanks for asking. You will have to check back on Tuesday to see the winner's name. Then that person can contact me at with the info I will need to send it out (if the winner lives far away) or drop it off (if the winner lives close by). Or you can, of course, include your e-mail in your comment. If the winner includes their e-mail in the post, I will contact them on Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

cute - how far are you willing to send this?

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

I'm willing to send it anywhere.

Unknown said...

I LOVE the chrysanthemum print on that subtle straw color. Beautiful and a great idea! Want want want!

Anonymous said...

All right, all right...I wasn't going to post until I read the part about Des Moines! I personally think Des Moines is a fabulous place to visit and even a better place to live, now if I could just convince my oldest daughter of that! I think if I win, I should use the travel roll for an exotic trip to Sioux county! :)

Shelly Nelson

Kate said...

I love the yellow fabric, so pretty! And this craft is a fantastic idea that I am book marking. I had to laugh about the Des Moines comment. I grew up in Kansas City and when learning to drive and not get lost both myself and my husband's parents taught us that "all roads lead to Des Moines" to know that we could always get home simply by following the signs to Des Moines for direction. Ha!

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Hi! Loved this tutorial. I'm going to adapt it to make a knitting needle caddy which has a flap that folds over the top as well before rolling it up. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Pfft! For even more glamor and exotic-ness, plan a trip to beautiful Des Moines, Washington! Yes, Washington! It's a suburb of Seattle. The first homesteader was from the Iowa version, and I guess he was homesick. I'll make you dinner if you come. ;)

Also, a friend made some of these roll-up thingers, and she used that nice, non-pokey Velcro for the closures, which works really well. Or you could use a button + elastic hair tie.

joan said...

Hi, Liz. I am not crafty but i might start if I follow your blog! This sounds good. I'll have my daughter sign up for your blog. She's the crafty one in our family!

Sandy Gleason said...

This is "great"...............
can make "adjustments" and use it for sewing tools or beading tools.
Thanks for the "tut"

Amanda said...

I saw this project featured on One Pretty Thing and think your idea for a blog is great! I've been thinking about ordering one of these rolls for paint brushes/knitting needles/makeup brushes, so here's my entry!

Darija said...

love your fabrics. that came out so cute. good luck traveling to an exotic destination ;)

Anonymous said...

Too stinkin' cute! I've been learning to sew and this may be right up my alley :]

Anonymous said...

Wow, excellent tutorial. I think I'll give this a try soon. Thank you for the giveaway as well; very generous of you!

Unknown said...

Love your make-up roll!! Great fabric and good idea.

You may want to try using a magnetic strip or clasp to help hold the roll together a bit more securely!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Great idea Emily! I've also tried one with two ribbons - one closer to the top and one closer to the bottom. That worked pretty well too at keeping everything a bit more securely wrapped up inside. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me!

LuckyStarErin said...

This is a great idea! I am an experimental sewer myself. Thanks for linking your jean craft!

Misty @Creative Itch said...

Great tutorial!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Anonymous said...

cool blog!

Laura said...

I love this! Thanks for the adorable giveaway. I wish we were could teach me how to sew!

Laura @ along for the ride

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