Cosmetic-Sewing Bag with Sections


My daughter gave me a vintage cosmetic bag that she thought I might be able to use as an idea for bags I could make to use for cosmetics, small sewing items, little gifts, etc.


The bag opened out into sections and looked fairly easy to duplicate.


It’s basically multiple bags of the same size, lined and finished with a narrow facing.  One bag has a flap and serves as the base.  The remainder of the bags are stitched to each other to form an accordion-like feature.


I made five bags of varying sizes and thought the idea worked out pretty well.  For one bag that I particularly liked, I made a matching small gift tote of the same fabrics and will be using the two pieces to hold an anniversary gift for my younger daughter in a couple of weeks.


I’m thinking about expanding the pattern to make a larger three-section tote bag.  More on this later.


Published by


Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

12 thoughts on “Cosmetic-Sewing Bag with Sections”

  1. What a great idea! I love it – and wish I could sew………your posts look so fun. BTW, my mom has the lovely apples and holder that you have in your picture up top. I have a stand too – I put my Nana’s old hankies (she had a huge collection) in them and set them on the dining room table during the summer.

  2. What nice little gifts! Our quilt guild is looking for ideas..I hope to share this one with them in a few weeks. Thanks for the idea & I love kalamitykelli’s idea for displaying hankies, too. Wish I had such a stand.

    I’m sewing Christmas stockings for the soldiers this weekend. Completed 10 so far. The USO stuffs them with candy, cards & a yo-yo for the guys each year. Our guild makes over 400 stockings every year for them. Sure wish there wasn’t such a great need for them. 😦
    Even my 10 yr. old granddaughter made some. She is doing very well with maintaining that 1/4″ seam since I bought a foot with a side flange on it to help her.


  3. You are so completely talented! I love your idea about the three section tote bag, too. I like your apple header.

  4. I do like how you’ve done that! I would have to really think about which way the various parts needed to be joined. Wonderful gift idea!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s