Crafty Traveler Blog Hop :: makeup roll

I am thrilled to be headed back to Sew South this year and so excited to be joining Jennifer in the Crafty Traveler Blog Hop.  I love to travel handmade and it is so much fun to see all the great ideas and words of advice from the stops on this blog hop.

After much hemming and hawing I decided to make the Makeup Roll from Stitched in Color.  I purchased this pattern an embarrassingly long time ago (like, um 2011!).  I love the finished product, but sometimes it is hard to get around to making things for yourself.  I also had it in my mind that all those pockets would take forever to sew.  I think I thought they had elastic in them to keep the contents from spilling out, but the good news is that they don't (so no elastic casings or pulling elastic through).  All in all, it took me about 2-3 hours to make and I love it so I am just slapping myself for not making it 3 years ago!

I used a print from Anna Maria Horner's new Dowry line for the outside and had fun picking different prints for the inside and pockets.  Although it would be faster to make all the pockets from one fabric, but not as fun!

As I've come to expect from her, Rachel's directions were very clear and included lots of photographs in the PDF file.  I was a little confused during the final assembly process, but I just did what the directions and pictures showed and it all worked out beautifully!

 I ended up using the standard layout, although the pattern comes with several variations on pockets to help you fit your products in perfectly.  My only adjustment was to make that bottom right pocket an inch wider to accommodate a large bare escentuals compact.  I just made bigger pleats to fit it in the same "footprint" on the case.  
Another thing I did different was to use fusible fleece instead of batting.  And I fused it to my background (green hugs and kisses print), before sewing the pockets on.  I felt like this made everything a little more stable, but probably wasn't necessary. 

 Here it is all filled up with my essentials.  I'm actually not just traveling with them like this, the case is their new home in my bathroom drawer.

The final change to the pattern I made was the button and loop closure.  Rachel suggested a lovely crocheted chain loop, but I am horrible with the needles, so I did my old standby, a hair elastic!

 This is the nice flap that helps to keep everything in place.

You can see I am pretty pleased with my little pouch and I probably will make a few more.  I was also thinking it would be pretty easy to customize this pouch to hold lots more than makeup.  This won't be my last makeup roll!

Now, for some more information on the blog hop and how you can win all the fun stuff below:

Crafty Traveler Blog Hop: Feb 3- March 12

Link-up your travel handmade project March 6-12 for a chance to win one of three great prizes! (US only) 

#1: Free Spirit Fabric, Crafty Traveler Tote supplies and Dritz rotary cutter. 

#2: Box of 50 Coats Threads

#3: Pellon Prize Pack (Interfacing & Batting) 

To enter to win simply link up your project at on March 6. Please link from a new blog post but your project can be anything you've made to travel handmade within the last 6 months. 
You may also link from Flickr or Threadbias. 

Blog Hop Schedule
3/6: Link-up opens at 
3/13: Winner's announced!

So get ready to link up your project!  Good luck! -Courtney


  1. Oh it's so cute Courtney! Great fabric choices too. Thanks so much for being part of the hop!

  2. Lovely! And a hair elastic-brilliant :)

  3. Courtney, thanks so much for featuring my makeup roll in the blog hop. I'm flattered it was your choice! Yours came out beautifully. Love, LOVE the hair elastic idea. I'll have to try that next time. It's so nice to keep it in the drawer that way, isn't it? I'll never go back to everything flying about in my drawer. =)

  4. Beautiful, love your fabric choices.

  5. Great job Courtney. I love Dowry! Your button is so cute!


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