Make an Essential Oil Bag

This is Rebecca's first post here on the UpCraft Club blog. Let's give her a warm welcome!

Hello all! Rebecca here from Finn's Door. I'm so excited to be here hanging with you today to talk about a pattern I am so happy to have found. Let's get going... A while back I stumbled upon a pattern that really caught my eye, mostly because I have the exact same fabric, which I really love. As per my usual I pinned it, was distracted (by 1 or all 4 of my children) and didn't get back to it. Shame on me for waiting so long! Thankfully, I was fortunate enough that others were interested too because it popped up on me again. This time I am happy to say I had no distractions. For once!! The pattern is The Easy Cosmetic Bag by So Sew Easy.

Like it says in the title, this sewing pattern is EASY! I don't know about you but I am always on the hunt for an easy pattern. I love to challenge myself with sewing (that's a tactful way of saying I usually get myself in way over my head) so when I come across something easy and give myself a break I love it!! This pattern fits the bill. It has beauty, functionality, style, and simplicity. Of course I am also "one of those people" that can never follow the rules! I always have to alter, add, modify in some way.

Today I'll be showing you how I made one small adjustment to this pattern and it is awesome. I use the bags I make with this pattern for essential oils but don't let that limit you! I can see this addition being useful in so many ways! Think art supplies. All those small bottles of acrylic paints you would love to bring on vacation. How about a nail kit? Everything in it's place and plenty of room for extras. With a few modifications to my modification (double mods?) it can organize anything for on-the-go use.

Here's the low down: Start with So Sew Easy's pattern and follow it exactly. Deby has put together a wonderful tutorial and even has a video on YouTube, should you need a visual. I love visuals and this video is short and sweet. Once you've cut out and prepared all fabric you will need just a few additions:

  • 2 pattern pieces cut from interfacing (I used Pellon SF101)
  • elastic 1/2" - 1" in width
  • marking pen (if you don't already have one out)

***Note- always test your pens on your fabric. My air dry did not come off the elastic!!***

1. Fuse interfacing to wrong side of lining fabric per manufacturer's instructions.

2. Mark line for elastic placement on the right side of lining. You'll want it 2 1/2" up from the corner cutouts.


3. Mark every 1" across, starting and ending about 1" from raw edges. For mine I have marked 10 1" spaces.

4. Mark your elastic with an equal number of marks, making them 2" apart. (we will be lining these up in a moment)


5. Leaving a tail over one raw edge, pin your elastic to the lining piece matching the marks as you go. You will be making "bumps" with your elastic. Work across until you run out of marks.

imageThis is what you want when finished. You can alter the

This is what you want when finished. You can alter the "bumps" as needed.

6. Head to your machine and position fabric with pin heads pointing toward you. Stitch over where you have marked/pinned with a back and forth stitch (stitch forward/reverse/forward/reverse). I did mine twice on each mark. Don't snip your thread after each tack is placed just pull your fabric forward a bit, scoot over to the next , line up the mark, and sew again.

Tacking the dots

6. When you reach the end remember to tack the elastic in the seam allowance to secure the tail.


7. Now get out your thread snips because you'll have a lot of thread to snip. Set this piece aside.

For the second lining piece the process is identical except I omitted the "bumps". Instead I went for a tight space. I simply laid the elastic against the fabric, again measuring up from the corner cut out 2 1/2" and marked the elastic every 1'. I sewed the same. This side is for smaller vials or items that need a bit more snugness. You can alter this to fit your needs. To do that, place the object you want to sit in the elastic and with your measuring tape measure over it and check the length.

A snugger side! Is that even a word?

A snugger side! Is that even a word? Finish the bag as per instructions.

Inside of bag with elastic addition


Here's the inside of the bag with the elastic addition. You will end up with a beautiful zip bag that is so handy when you need to organize small items and keep them secured. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did presenting it to you. I'll be stopping by here from time to time to bring you some more tips, modifications, pattern reviews and some original material. See you next time!

We'd love to see what you create! Tag @UpCraftClub on Instagram! #easycosmeticbag

August 21, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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Mom said:

Really enjoyed your post and your tutorial. Bet I can even make this bag. Well maybe not, I think I’ll just leave the sewing to my talented daughter.


Diana said:

So cool! What a great addition!


LaVerne said:

What a great idea. I have to try this!


S said:

Great idea! Love it! I was wondering if you used regular cotton fabric for outside and lining of the bag? I was thinking PUL would make a great lining so if anything spilled inside the bag hopefully the bag would keep it contained( not totally waterproof but…) Thanks again for this!!


Julie said:

Thanks for the pattern. I want to make this for my daughter-in-law.


Carol said:

How do I attach the lining with the elastic, to the cosmetic bag?… or do I just let it sit loose inside my bag.


Patricia said:

What size bottles (height of bottle) will this bag pattern accommodate?

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