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Lets make Cosmetic Bags for Christmas Festival

This is a lovely gift for anyone who needs to stash their toiletries safely when traveling.

Tips and tricks for knitting can be found over here.

Cosmetic bags
Cosmetic bags

Striped bag

Things you will need for making Striped bag

You will need:

For the knitted bag:

For the lining:

How to make striped cosmetic bag?

Step 1: The bag is knitted completely in garter stitch (see here). Loosely cast on 27 stitches in blue.

Step 2: Work the 1st row in blue, then 2 rows in white (with yarn doubled), then 2 rows in blue.

Step 3: Continue in these alternating colours. Finish when the piece measures about 25cm (10in) ending on a blue row, and cast off loosely on the reverse side. The knitted piece should measure about 26 × 20cm (10 × 8in).

Step 4: Fold the knitted piece in half with the wrong side facing outwards. Sew up the side seams and sew in all the loose ends.

Step 5: Turn the bag the right way out. The pouch should now measure about 20 × 13cm (8 × 5in).

Step 6: Finally, prepare and insert the bag lining and zip. (See below)

“The more we make other people happy, the more joy we receive in our own heart in return”

Traditional proverb

Two-tone bag

Whether for cosmetics, pens, or loose change, this pretty woollen bag is a must.

You will need:

For the knitted bag:

For the lining:

Cosmetic bags template
Paper pattern

How to make Two Tone Bag?

Step 1: Loosely cast on 27 stitches in white (with the yarn held double).

Step 2: Knit 6 rows in moss stitch (see over here).

Step 3: On the 7th row, knit 2, then, from the doubled yarn, knit 1 stitch from the first strand and another stitch from the second strand (so 2 knit stitches are created from a single stitch), then continue with knit 1, knit 2 stitches from 1, knit 1, knit 2 stitches from 1, to the end of the row, finishing with an edge stitch. (39 stitches)

Step 4: Switch to anthracite: knit 1 stitch, purl to the last stitch, then knit the last stitch. Continue in stocking stitch.

Step 5: When the piece measures about 21cm (8½in), switch to white on a right side row: knit 1, *1 knit stitch, knit 2 together, repeat from * to the last 2 stitches, then knit 2. (27 stitches)

Sep 6: Then work a further 6 rows in moss stitch and cast off loosely on row 7.

Step 7: Measure your knitted piece. The white upper and lower edges should be about 21cm (8½in) wide, the middle section in anthracite about 29cm (11½in) wide. Thanks to the increases and decreases at the colour transition, the knitted piece is convex in shape. You will need to take this into account when cutting the lining fabric to size.

Step 8: Fold the knitting in half with the wrong side facing out. Sew up the side seams and sew in all the loose ends.

Step 9: Turn the bag right way out. The pouch should now be about 29cm (11½in) wide at the bottom, 21cm (8½in) wide at the top and about 14cm (5½in) tall. To prepare and insert the lining fabric, see opposite.

Lining bag and finishing

How it’s done?

The same approach is used for both designs.

Cut the fabric according to the dimensions

Step 1: For the striped bag, cut the fabric
according to the dimensions of the
knitted pouch, adding 1cm (½in) seam allowance at the sides. For the two-tone bag, use the template (see this template), and this time add a 2cm (¾in) seam allowance.

Pin the zip on to the right side of the material

Step 2: Pin the zip on to the right side of the material along the short edge (the zip pull should be on top) and sew the upper zip tape in place with a sewing machine. Pin and sew the other edge in a similar manner.

Now sew up the side seams

Step 3: Now sew up the side seams (using the seam allowance of 1cm / ½in), from the bottom up to the zip seam.

Place the lining bag inside

Step 4: Place the lining bag inside the knitted bag. Pin the upper edges together, taking care that the side seams are aligned.

Hand-sew the knitted bag

Step 5: Hand-sew the knitted bag to the zip fastener, using the needle and thread and making small adjustments as you go to avoid bunching.

Cosmetic bags are a wonderful gift idea for the Christmas festival. They not only serve a practical purpose by providing a dedicated space to store and organize cosmetics, but they can also be customized and personalized to add a touch of thoughtfulness to the present. Making cosmetic bags for Christmas can be a fun and creative project that allows you to customize the gift according to the recipient’s taste and preferences.


To make cosmetic bags for Christmas, you will need a few materials and tools. These include fabric (preferably cotton or canvas), a sewing machine, thread, a zipper, a ruler, scissors, pins, and optional embellishments such as ribbons, buttons, or beads. You can also consider using fabric markers or fabric paint to add decorative designs or personalized messages.

Another step-by-step guide on making cosmetic bags for Christmas:

  • 1. Choose the fabric: Start by selecting a suitable fabric that matches the recipient’s style or preferred color scheme. You can opt for traditional Christmas-themed prints like snowflakes, reindeers, or Santa Claus, or you can choose something more elegant and neutral.
  • 2. Measure and cut: Measure and cut two rectangular pieces of fabric for the bag’s main body. The size will depend on the desired final dimensions of the cosmetic bag. A typical size could be around 8 inches wide and 10 inches high. Additionally, cut a smaller rectangle for the bag’s lining, using the same measurements as the main body.
  • 3. Prepare the zipper: Take the zipper and place it face down on one of the long edges of the main body fabric. Pin it in place and sew it using a zipper foot on your sewing machine. Repeat the same process with the other main body fabric piece and the other side of the zipper.
  • 4. Sew the sides: With the zipper installed, place the main body fabric pieces facing each other with the right sides together. Pin the sides and bottom edges together, leaving the top open for turning. Sew along the sides and bottom, reinforcing the corners, and making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end for added durability.
  • 5. Trim and finish: Trim the excess fabric from the corners and along the seams to reduce bulk. Turn the bag right side out through the open top, gently pushing out the corners. Press the bag with an iron to give it a polished finish.
  • 6. Add the lining: Take the smaller fabric piece you cut for the lining and fold it in half with the right sides together. Sew along the sides, leaving a small opening for turning. Trim the corners and turn the lining right side out.
  • 7. Insert the lining: Slip the lining inside the main body of the bag, aligning the top edges. Pin the edges together, making sure the zipper is positioned neatly between the fabric layers. Stitch around the top edge, securing the lining to the main body.
  • 8. Embellish (optional): This is where you can personalize the cosmetic bag further. Add decorative elements like ribbons, buttons, or beads to the front, back, or zipper pull to give it that extra touch of uniqueness.
  • 9. Final touches: If desired, use fabric markers or paint to create any designs, patterns, or personalized messages on the exterior of the bag. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before using or gifting the cosmetic bag.

By following these steps, you can create beautiful and personalized cosmetic bags that will make excellent Christmas gifts. Remember to have fun and let your creativity flow.

There are several ways to customize and personalize cosmetic bags for the Christmas festival. Some ideas include:

  • 1. Christmas-themed embroidery: Embroider festive motifs like snowflakes, reindeer, candy canes, or Christmas trees onto the fabric of the cosmetic bag.
  • 2. Personalized monograms: Add the recipient’s initials or name using monogramming techniques. This adds a unique touch and makes it more special.
  • 3. Festive colors and patterns: Choose fabric or prints with traditional Christmas colors like red, green, gold, or silver. Patterns like plaid, holly, or snowflakes can also add a festive look.
  • 4. Holiday-themed appliques: Attach appliques shaped like Santa Claus, snowmen, gingerbread men, or other holiday symbols onto the cosmetic bag.
  • 5. Christmas-themed trims and ribbons: Embellish the edges of the cosmetic bag with lace, pom-poms, or ribbons in festive colors like gold or red.
  • 6. Seasonal quotes or phrases: Add Christmas-themed quotes or phrases using fabric paint or applique techniques. Examples could be “Merry and Bright” or “Jingle all the way.”
  • 7. Festive accessories: Attach small Christmas ornaments or charms to the zipper or handles of the cosmetic bag. This adds a touch of whimsy and festivity.
  • 8. Glitter or sequins: Add some sparkle by using glittered fabric or incorporating sequins onto the cosmetic bag. It will give a festive and glamorous touch.
  • 9. Personalized gift tags: Attach a personalized Christmas-themed gift tag to the cosmetic bag. It can include a heartfelt message or the recipient’s name.
  • 10. Christmas-themed lining: Use fabric with Christmas prints or patterns for the inside lining of the cosmetic bag to make it more festive and delightful.

Remember, the specific accessories or embellishments you choose would depend on your personal style and the preferences of the person you are gifting the cosmetic bag to.

There are several techniques and tips you can use to embellish cosmetic bags for the Christmas festival. Here are a few ideas:

  • 1. Glitter: Adding glitter is a great way to make a cosmetic bag look festive. You can use glue and loose glitter to create patterns or designs on the bag. Make sure to use a clear drying glue made for fabric or a fabric glue pen to avoid any damage.
  • 2. Festive Motifs: Incorporate Christmas motifs like snowflakes, reindeer, Christmas trees, or candy canes into the design. You can use fabric paint or markers to draw or stencil these motifs onto the bag. Alternatively, you can cut out felt or fabric shapes and glue them onto the bag for a 3D effect.
  • 3. Ribbons and Bows: Add ribbons or bows to the cosmetic bag for a touch of elegance. Use holiday-themed ribbons, such as satin or velvet ribbons in Christmas colors like red, green, gold, or silver. You can attach them with fabric glue or sew them onto the bag.
  • 4. Appliqué: Another option is to create holiday-themed appliqués from fabric scraps. You can cut out shapes like Christmas stockings, ornaments, or snowflakes from colorful fabrics and sew or glue them onto the cosmetic bag.
  • 5. Embroidery: If you enjoy hand embroidery, you can stitch Christmas-themed designs onto the bag. This could include decorative borders, holly leaves, mistletoe, or even holiday greetings like “Merry Christmas.”
  • 6. Personalize with Names or Initials: Adding a personalized touch by embroidering or painting someone’s name or initials onto the cosmetic bag can make it a special gift.
  • 7. Add a Tag or Charm: Attach a festive holiday tag or charm to the zipper or handle of the cosmetic bag. You can find holiday-themed charms or make your own by tying a small piece of ribbon or string through a decorative ornament or mini Christmas decoration.

Remember, safety is important when embellishing cosmetic bags. Ensure that the materials you use are non-toxic, and test any products or techniques on a small, inconspicuous area of the bag before proceeding with the full design.

Some popular materials and features for cosmetic bags that make them ideal for gifting during the Christmas festival include:

  • 1. Faux leather or velvet: These materials exude luxury and elegance, making the cosmetic bag feel more special and festive.
  • 2. Metallic or glittery finishes: Adding a touch of sparkle or shimmer to cosmetic bags can make them more eye-catching and perfect for the holiday season.
  • 3. Personalized options: Offering customization, such as monogramming or adding a person’s name, adds a thoughtful and personalized touch to the gift.
  • 4. Festive prints or patterns: Cosmetic bags with holiday-themed designs, like snowflakes, Christmas trees, or Santa Claus, add a fun and festive element to the gift.
  • 5. Multiple compartments and organizers: Cosmetic bags with various compartments, pockets, and brush holders make them more practical and ideal for organizing makeup and toiletries.
  • 6. Detachable pouches or sections: Some cosmetic bags come with detachable pouches or sections, which offer versatility and additional storage options.
  • 7. High-quality hardware: Cosmetic bags with durable zippers, clasps, or buttons can ensure longevity and make them feel more luxurious.
  • 8. Water-resistant or easy-to-clean interiors: Having an interior lining that is water-resistant or easy to wipe clean can be a useful feature, ensuring the bag remains in good condition even with spills or leaks.
  • 9. Compact and travel-friendly size: Cosmetic bags that are compact and travel-friendly make them ideal for those who are always on the go or for vacation trips during the Christmas holidays.
  • 10. Matching sets or gift bundles: Offering cosmetic bags as part of a matching set or gift bundle, along with other beauty or skincare products, can make for a more comprehensive and desirable gift option.

FAQs for making Cosmetic bags for Christmas festivals

Cosmetic bags for Christmas festivals are specially designed pouches or bags that are used to store and carry cosmetics and beauty essentials. They often come in festive designs and colors, such as red and green, and are commonly given as gifts or used during the holiday season.

Cosmetic bags make ideal Christmas festival gifts for several reasons. Firstly, they are practical and convenient for organizing and carrying cosmetics, making them a useful gift for anyone who wears makeup or beauty products. Secondly, their festive designs add a touch of holiday spirit to the gift-giving experience. Lastly, cosmetic bags are available in a range of sizes, styles, and price ranges, making them suitable for various budgets and preferences.

Absolutely! Many cosmetic bag manufacturers and retailers offer customization options, allowing you to personalize the bags for the Christmas festival season. Customizations may include embroidering the recipient’s name or initials, adding festive motifs like snowflakes or reindeer, or choosing specific colors and materials to match the holiday theme.

While cosmetic bags are commonly associated with women, there are plenty of options available that cater to men’s grooming needs as well. Men’s cosmetic bags are typically designed with a more masculine aesthetic and may feature neutral colors, sleek designs, and minimal embellishments. So, yes, cosmetic bags can be suitable for both men and women.

Cosmetic bags come in various sizes to accommodate different storage needs. Common sizes include small pouches or clutches for holding a few essential items, medium-sized bags for everyday makeup and toiletries, and larger bags for travel or storing a more extensive collection of cosmetics. Some cosmetic bags also have multiple compartments or specialized pockets to help organize and separate different products.

Cosmetic bags can be made from a wide range of materials, including fabric (such as cotton, canvas, or satin), leather, nylon, PVC, and even eco-friendly or vegan options. The choice of material often influences the bag’s durability, appearance, and price. It is important to consider the recipient’s preferences and intended use when deciding on the material for a cosmetic bag.

The cleaning and care instructions for a cosmetic bag depend on its material. However, in general, fabric cosmetic bags can often be spot cleaned with a gentle soap and water solution. It is recommended to avoid soaking the bag or using harsh chemicals that may damage the material or any decorations. Leather or PVC bags may require specific leather cleaners or wipes. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions or labels for the recommended cleaning methods.

Certainly! While cosmetic bags are primarily designed to store cosmetics, they can also be versatile accessories for various other purposes. They can be used as pencil cases, toiletry organizers, jewelry storage, electronic gadget pouches, or even as small clutches for carrying essentials like keys, money, and cards. The possibilities are endless, and it all depends on your creativity and imagination.

Cosmetic bags for Christmas festivals can be found at a variety of retail stores, both online and offline. Popular options include major beauty retailers, department stores, specialty gift shops, and e-commerce platforms. Additionally, you can search for specific cosmetic bag manufacturers or consider checking out local craft markets or independent sellers for unique, handmade options.

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