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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

When I planned to share this post I took detailed photos of the process of creating a makeup brush roll - and then somehow managed to delete them from my phone. 

So - fair warning - this is still going to be a tutorial, but not a photo tutorial. If you have any questions or my text is not clear enough, drop me a comment and I will try to help you the best way I can.

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

Anyway, the makeup brush rolls are a wonderful project - and they make great gifts too, for Valentine's, Mother's Day, birthdays, etc.

Materials needed:
  • two 30 x 25 cm rectangles of your main fabric (the one that goes on the outside of the roll and the interior pockets
  • one 30 x 25 cm rectangle of your lining 
  • one 30 x 25 cm rectangle of interfacing (optional but recommended)
  • one piece of ribbon in a matching color (about 50 cm long)
  • sewing thread

Here's the how to: 
  • cut your fabrics to the sizes indicated above

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

  • stack your interfacing, then the lining and then one of the rectangles of your main fabric folded in half (place it over the bottom half of the lining  to create the pocket. Sew vertical lines to make slots (in varying widths, according to your needs and the brushes you want to store). I like creating 6 - 8 smaller slots and then at least one larger pocket). 

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

  • place the lining (with the interfacing and the pocket attached) over the exterior fabric (right sides together) pinning the ribbon (folded in half, so that you are left with two ends of ribbon once you're done) on one of the shorter sides of the rectangle

  •  sew all around, leaving just a small opening
  • turn inside out and close the opening (I usually hand sew the openings). Top stitch all around (this is optional but it makes your work look a lot neater)

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

And your makeup brush roll is ready to be used!

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

 DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

A version of both rolls pictured here is available for purchase at my Etsy shop

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

DIY makeup brush roll (tutorial)

Happy Tuesday!

Keeping it Real, craft blog


  1. I need this! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned!
    Robin 😊

  2. Wonderful tutorial and so practical! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  3. Great tutorial, and so practical for makeup brush storage! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! Hope to see you each week!

  4. This is so wonderful! I'm going to feature it at our Party in Your PJs link party on that opens tonight.

    Thanks so much for sharing it.

    1. Thank you so much! I'll stop by soon for this week's party!