DIY | How to Sew a Travel Makeup Brush Roll

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperateI think (hope) I’m getting a lot better at this sewing thing. I’ve been finding opportunities to practice and now that we have a lot more space in our spare room for sewing, I hope it will be easier for me to stay on top of my projects. 

For Christmas a couple years ago, my aunt gifted me a great MAC makeup brush set that came in a cute zipper pouch. I’ve used and abused it over the last couple years, and even though several of my brushes have lasted incredibly well, it was time for the zipper pouch to retire. So I decided to put all my sewing practice to good use and share how to sew a makeup brush roll, so it easily rolls up and ties together to fit inside of your bag when your travel or just to sit in your drawer. 

This tutorial doesn’t require very much fabric or very high sewing skills. It was fun to create something that I actually found useful, and it’s fun to customize the fabric. Because it’s for brushes and brushes do get dirty, you will need a fabric that is machine washable and durable. You may also want to consider a fabric that is a little darker that will not show as much of the makeup residue. I promise you can make this in about 30 minutes, and you’ll be surprised how easily it all comes together. I chose two different fabrics – one patterned, one solid. My pattern is very busy, so I thought it would be a lot easier to see the various pieces if I balanced it out with a solid black fabric. I also made the strap out of the solid black fabric, but you could even use a thick ribbon and just follow the same steps for securing it to the fabric.

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperateTime: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 yard patterned cotton fabric
  • 1/2 yard solid cotton fabric
  • Coordinating thread 
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Scissors and/or rotary cutter

Fold the patterned fabric in half. Cut a 9″ x 13″ piece to become the “ammo belt.” Then fold the solid fabric in half and cut one 10″ x 14″ piece to become the brush pockets (10″ x 14″ when unfolded). Make sure the 10″ side is along the fold. Cut the strap by cutting one 4″ x 10″ piece along the fold, resulting in one extra long piece. Iron all pieces flat. 

Here’s what you should have now:

  • Two 9″ x 13″ pieces (ammo belt, patterned)
  • One 9″ x 13″ piece (brush pocket, solid color)
  • One 4″ x 20″ piece (belt strap, solid color)

Take the 9″ x 12″ sold brush pocket piece and fold in half along the longer side with the wrong sides together. This folded edge will be the top of the brush pocket. Align the sides and bottom with the edge of the 9″ x 14″ piece and pin into place. With a fabric marker or chalk, make a mark every inch across the brush pockets to indicate where to sew each pocket. 

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate Because brushes come in different sizes, adjust based on the size of your brushes. I have some brushes that are larger than the others, so when I got several inches to the end, I increased the pocket size to 2 inches. 

Starting at the bottom of the brush pocket sew up the edge and backstich at the top of the pocket. Repeat at each marked spot all the way across the brush pocket. Trim extra strings and set aside.

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperateTo make the strap, take the 4″ x 10″ piece and fold the long side one inch inward, wrong sides together. Repeat with the other side so that both long edges are folded to meet in the middle. Iron the creases. Then fold together along the long side one more time, edges together and iron down. Starting at the end of the strap, sew a very thin seam around the edge, backstitching at each end. 

Take the second 9″ x 14″ piece (back of ammo belt) and lay right-side up. Position the middle of the completed belt strap in the middle of the fabric and pin in place. Sew the strap in place across the fabric about 3 inches from each edge. This is to allow for seams so that the belt does not get stuck both sides of the ammo belt are sewn together and to allow the ties to work even the brush pack is rolled tightly.

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | RevamperatePlace both pieces of the ammo belt right-sides together and pin around the edges, making sure the loose straps are tucked safely inside. Sew a thin seam around the edge of the fabric, leaving a 3-inch hole on the side and backstitching at each end. Turn the fabric right-side out through the opening and stitch up the opening with a very thin seam or with an invisible stitch. Iron the entire pieces again if you desire (I recommend this to press the seams).

How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate How to Sew a DIY Makeup Brush Roll | Revamperate Now you have a completed makeup brush roll! Best of all, it’s completely washable, so when it gets covered in makeup (which it inevitably will) just pop it in the wash with a good detergent. For best results, I do not recommend drying, unless you choose to pre shrink your fabric. I don’t trust the dryer with my homemade items, but that’s just me. Happy sewing!


DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | RevamperateHow is December going by so quickly?! I can barely keep up. In fact, this entire year has gone by incredibly fast. I’m already preparing New Years ideas and am freaking out that it’s almost 2016 and it’s already almost Christmas. I have so much more I want to do and not enough time to do it all!

Dear Christmas, please stay forever. Don’t get me wrong – I want nothing to do with any kind of shopping center until mid-January, but I still love Christmas. The lights, the flavors, the gifts, the sales, the weather. Even though working in retail took away some of my Christmas spirit, I’ll never stop feeling like a kid during Christmastime. 

One of those amazing Christmas flavors I mentioned is peppermint, so I’m soaking up all the peppermint while I still can! This homemade peppermint sugar scrub is so easy to make, and it’s a really nice Christmas-themed gift that’s not too expensive. Make a big batch, divide it among little containers (hello, Dollar Store!) and finish with a label, and you have really cute gifts for anyone who likes smooth hands…which I’m sure is anyone. Bonus: it’s really easy to make with only a few ingredients.

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | Revamperate DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub | RevamperateTime: 5 minutes  


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4-5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1-2 drops red or pink food coloring (optional)

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for several seconds and pour into a bowl. Mix in the sugar, essential oil and food coloring with a fork or spoon until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Move to a container with a lid and dress it up with a tag and some ribbon or a sticker label. 

**Note that using too much food coloring can result in colorful hands when using the scrub.

The ingredients may separate a little after sitting for a while, so mix a little before using for best results. 

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DIY Homemade Mango Sugar Scrub

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Now that summer is basically over (*wheeps*), it’s time to use the last summer fruit I’ll find for another year. I’ve never actually made anything with mango before, and I had NO idea how freaking hard it is to cut a mango. Do you know what the core of a mango looks like? It’s a crazy little fruit. 

Anyway, I made Andrew go hunt down a mango for me so that I could make this really luscious and easy homemade mango sugar scrub. It’s kind of an odd texture because it remains very liquid, but it makes your skin feel wonderful. Plus, it smells wonderful. With only a few ingredients, it makes for a really nice gift or just a treat for yourself. I found this cute jar with a copper top and made a little tag for it, and it really dressed up an otherwise un-pretty colored mixture. Don’t be fooled by the color! You’ll love it.

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Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 mango, peeled
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

First, peel and cut the mango and add to your food processor. Pulse for several seconds to mash up the mango, and add the melted coconut oil, olive oil, honey and sugars. Pulse for several seconds until all ingredients are combined well. 

Move the sugar scrub to a sealable container, like a canning jar or an old lotion jar and it’s ready to use! Add some ribbon or a homemade tag, and it makes a really nice gift or just looks pretty on your shelf. If the mixture separates, just mix it up again with a spoon and you’re good to go!

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DIY Espresso Sugar Scrub

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I’m not a big coffee drinker, although I’ve warmed up to it since I started working full time. Some days it feels like a necessity, and in moderation, coffee can be good for you. I’ve always heard that coffee and caffeine are great for your skin as well, so I did a little research. Coffee grounds or espresso powder have exfoliating properties that make them great for your skin! Using a skin scrub with espresso or coffee grounds can help scrub away dead skin without chemicals and improve your circulation. 

Although it’s not a permanent solution, a good espresso sugar scrub can reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily, so it’s a great product to rub on your legs and bottom before a trip to the beach. Bonus: it smells amazing! 

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Time: 5 minutes 


  • 1/4 cup espresso powder (or ground coffee)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tbs nutmeg
  • 1/2 tbs cinnamon

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix in the olive oil with a fork until it’s well-mixed. Then move the mixture to a sealable container and decorate if you want. Mine actually didn’t separate like I thought it would, but some sugar scrubs separate a little and you just need to mix it up a little before applying to your skin.  

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Rub the sugar scrub on problem areas with special attention to extra dry areas like elbows and feet. Once you’ve massaged it into your skin, brush off the excess sugar onto newspaper or into a trashcan if you can to avoid all of the sugar running down your drain. Depending on how much of the scrub you use (you only need a little at a time), a little down your drain won’t matter. 

Now you’ll have pretty exfoliated skin! Put the espresso sugar scrub into a cute container with a homemade label, and it’ll make a perfect gift, or keep it for yourself and still make yourself a fancy label. You’ll never know it was homemade, and best of all, chemical free. Enjoy!

Glitter Striped Nail Design


IMG_4414This is a quick design I tried out, using Essie Chills & Thrills blue polish, Forever 21 Grape sparkling polish, Nicole clear top coat polish and some thinly cut pieces of masking tape.


First, cover your nails in two coats of your base color. Once dry, cut several very thin pieces of masking tape and lay over your nail at a diagonal pattern. Press down and then cover nail with a glittery polish. Let dry and peel off the tape! Finish it off with a clear top coat and it’s good to go.


Simple Triangle Nail Design


Nail designs are one of my favorite things to Pin! I am amazed by what designs people can create on such a small canvas. It’s difficult for the average girl like me to replicate what I see but not impossible.

Here’s a really simple nail design you can do using two nail polish colors and a little tape.

First, paint your nails one color. I used gold Runway Star Michael Kors polish for the base. When they’re completely dry, cut the end of a piece of tape into a triangle point. Stick this to your nail bed, protruding out as far as you choose. Paint over in the second color in at least two coats. I used lavender Lapiz of Luxury Essie polish. Carefully peel off the tape, paint over your nails with a clear top coat and ta-da!


Sometimes simplicity is the best thing! This triangle nail design is one of my favorites.

Custom Nail Polish


I am a nail polish addict. Thanks to Pinterest, I learned how to make my own nail polish using only eye shadow. This is probably the coolest thing I have ever come across. Below is my tutorial for making your own polish. I made a custom shade to give my sister for Christmas, which was very well-received. It’s a cute and inexpensive gift idea for anyone.


All you need is a clear bottle of nail polish (not to be confused with a clear base or top coat), the color eye shadow you wish to mix, a toothpick, and some paper to make a funnel. For the clear polish, I used the NYC brand from Target, which was the cheapest one available. You will need a decent amount of eye shadow if you want a strong color, but the cheapest stuff you can find is fine. I mixed pink and purple to make a medium purple polish, and the pallet I bought was only a dollar.


Using your toothpick, scrape the eye shadow out of its container and onto a plate or piece of paper.  Crush the shadow with the toothpick until it is as fine as possible. This will make it easier to mix. Roll the piece of paper into a funnel small enough to fit the opening of nail polish bottle. When you’re content with the color of the eye shadow, pour a small amount into the bottle using the funnel. Do not pour it all in at once, or you may have a difficult time mixing it together.


If necessary, use the toothpick to begin mixing the shadow with the polish. I preferred to put the top back on and shake the bottle until the colors mixed together. Then add more shadow, and repeat the process until you are satisfied with the color.

Shake well and repeat until the color is completely mixed, and your polish should be finished and ready to use. Below is an example of my finished project, using my mom as my lovely hand model.


I put a bow around the neck of the bottle with a note that labeled the nail polish “sister sister,” and put inside a small wrapped box. My sister loved it. I think I will definitely make nail polish again for easy, heartfelt gifts.

One problem I noticed with my polish was that the color would quickly separate, looking similar to water separated from vinegar. There probably is no way to completely prevent this, so be sure to shake the polish well before you intend to use it.

Magnetic Makeup Board

I’ve seen a lot of Pinterest tutorials for magnetic makeup boards, so here’s my take on the craft. I recently moved into a room with a much larger bathroom with counter space. I’m taking advantage of this by utilizing more drawer space, shelves, and counter top decorations like this piece.


For this project, you’ll need a piece of metal, which you can buy for relatively cheap at Home Depot. The thickness is up to you. I chose one this is fairly thin. You will also need a frame of some sort that fits the metal. My dad made me this one in his workshop, but any frame from anywhere will work as long as it has a backing to support the metal (particularly if the metal is thin and flimsy). This will also require a hot glue gun, fabric, spray adhesive, and various sized magnets.


First, iron the fabric you plan to use so that it doesn’t show any creases when it sticks to the metal. Then take the metal, fabric, and adhesive spray outside, and evenly cover the metal with glue. Carefully lay down the fabric and smooth it down quickly before it begins to dry. Fold the side pieces over and use a glue gun to secure them to the back of the metal.

Once the fabric is dry and set, place the metal inside the frame and secure the backing. Next, use the glue gun to glue magnets to your eyeshadows, blushes, powders, etc. and allow them a moment to dry. They should be ready to place on the board and hang or set out on display.


For brushes and eyeliners or eyebrow pencils, use a mason jar or glass to hold them in one place. Fill with small beads if necessary to make it higher. Now your makeup can be easily accessible so that you can always see your options rather than rummaging through a drawer. This is an easy and helpful DIY for managing a cluttered drawer.