Make Me Up Before You Go-Go

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  • Prices are in USD
  • 19 page full color tutorial with photos
  • 7 pages of computer generated pattern pieces (5 pattern pieces total, must be printed and taped together)
  • Dimensions provided as well as pattern pieces
  • Detailed construction and zipper instructions
  • This is a PDF Sewing Pattern. You must be able to open and print a PDF file.
  • A download link will be provided after purchase
  • Sorry, no refunds on digital products.


Named by my clever friend Shannon, the song will probably stick in your head while you make this. While the original idea was for a large makeup bag that opens up wide enough to see all the way to the bottom, you may decide you need a dozen of these. Perfect for your paper piecing project or small handwork or as a sewing kit bag to take along with your machine to classes. It’s been suggested these will be great for keeping track of toy cars and legos too. :)

The bag is mostly assembled flat, and features an inside slip pocket and an inside zippered pocket that is super quick and easy to install. Add the sides and the binding (I’m not going to lie, binding around the corners is fiddly, but the end result is worth it!) and the top zip goes in fast at the end. You’ll be finished before you know it, and you may find yourself taking orders for them. :P

Materials Needed

Main Fabric: 1/4 yard
Lining Fabric: 1/4 yards
Fusible Interfacing: 1 yard
Soft and Stable: 1/3 yard or one 18″x54″ package
Alternative to Soft and Stable: 1/3  yard batting + 1/3 yard sew-in interfacing
Two 14” or longer nylon zipper
90/14 Microtex/Sharp needles recommended
Marking tool such as chalk or an air erasable marker
Rotary mat & cutter
Binding clips

Finished Size

6” tall x 10” wide x 3” deep

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 4 reviews
by Michelle K on
Amazing Bag!

This bag is so amazing when it all comes together. It has a very professional look with using the Soft and Stable. I have to admit that I thought the binding part was a little tricky, but that's because I haven't worked with it before. Other than that the bag came together well for me, and I am going to love using it! I am constantly stunned at how on earth Erin comes up with these great patterns. Love all of them!

by Robin on
Make Me Up Before You Go Go

I have made 2 of these make up bags so far, and they are wonderful! Clear directions with lots of photos. I didn't have YKK handbag zippers, but I used Sullivan's Heavy Duty Make-a-Zipper successfully. I loved the results with Soft and Stable and beautiful fabric. I made them as gifts; the recipients loved them. I will definitely make more! Thank you, Erin!

by Joni on
So Fun!

Not only was this super easy to make, Erin was great about tweeting back an answer to a question I had almost immediately. I love the detail and humor that came with this pattern. I use my bag for sewing supplies whenever I'm working on an appliqué project or English paper piecing.

by Cathie Horne on
Lovely pattern

So far I have made 4 of these lovely makeup bags. Two out of double sided quilted fabric as I was afraid to try the soft and stable on my first go round. These bags are good but the two I made with soft and stable are nicer. The soft and stable allows the bag to stand up on its own and is not hard to sew with at all.

Another winner from Erin! Excellent instructions and comes together easily. I see more makeup bags in my future!