Roll-Up Makeup Brush Pouch

Designer: Linda Lum Debono

It’s time to face your cosmetics clutter. This easy-to-sew pouch is perfect for traveling!


  • 9×22″ piece blue dot (pocket)
  • 9×22″ piece (fat eighth) teal dot (cover)
  • 18×22″ piece (fat quarter) green print (lining, tie, and binding)
  • 8×1212” batting
  • Water- or air-soluble marking pen


Finished brush roll: 8×1212

Fabrics are 44/45″-wide. Sew with 14” seam allowances and right sides together.

1. Cut the following pieces:


From blue dot, cut:

  • 1—712×1212” pocket rectangle

From teal dot, cut:

  • 1—8×1212” cover rectangle

From green print, cut: 

  • 1—8×1212” lining rectangle
  • 2—112×22″ strips for tie
  • 2—212×22″ binding strips


2. With wrong side inside, fold and press blue dot 712×1212” rectangle in half lengthwise to make a 334×1212” pocket rectangle.

3. Layer teal dot 8×1212” cover rectangle wrong side up, 8×1212” batting rectangle, green print 8×1212” lining rectangle right side up, and pocket rectangle (Diagram 1). Pin layers together.

4. Mark stitching lines using a water- or air-soluble marking pen. Quilt layered roll with straight-stitch lines beginning 114” from a short edge (Diagram 2). Referring to diagram, continue quilting straight lines at 1″- or 2″-wide intervals across surface of roll. Leave 114” unquilted along opposite short edge.

5. Join green print 112×22″ strips along one short edge; press seam open. With wrong side inside, fold and press green print 112×4312” strip in half lengthwise. Open strip and press long edges to center fold line. Topstitch 18” from folded edges to make tie. Knot each end of tie and trim excess fabric at an angle to prevent raveling.


6. Fold tie in half. Pin center of tie to lining side of roll, aligning tie with folded top edge of pocket, to complete roll (Diagram 3).

7. Join short ends of binding strips. Press seam open. Fold in half lengthwise to make 114” double-fold binding. Aligning raw edges, join binding to brush roll cover using machine, keeping tie ends free from stitching. Turn folded edge of binding to brush roll lining and top-stitch edge of binding.


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