How to Sew a Tropical Brush Roll
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How to Sew a Tropical Brush Roll

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Create a handy brush roll, perfect for storing craft supplies and makeup brushes alike!  

Tutorial by Danni Watts, kindly provided by The Craft Cotton Company.  


You will need

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How to make

Step 1

Cut your chosen 2 fabrics to size. For the main part of the roll you will need to cut one FQ piece into two measuring 10 inch x 16 inch.

Tropical Brush Roll

Step 2

In your second chosen FQ fabric, cut a piece 12 inch x 16 inch this will be for holding the brushes.
Cut your wadding 10 inch x 16 inch.

Tropical Brush Roll

Step 3

When you have cut your main fabric colour you will have scrap pieces left over, these are ideal for making matching ribbon for your roll. I trimmed my pieces to 1 1/2 inches width (10 inches long from off cuts)

Simply fold both edges into the middle and finger press.

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Step 4

Sew along the outer edge on your machine.

 This will make the ribbon, I just simply folded one end and sewn along the edge which will be the end of the ribbon so it does fray.

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Step 5

Now that you have all the pieces ready for making the roll its time to piece it all together! YAY!

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Step 6

Fold your 12 inch x 16 inch fabric in half along length ways and place on top of one of your main pieces.

Next, get your additional main fabric piece and place this pretty side down on to the pretty side of your other fabrics in place. Peel back and place your two ribbon ties in place at the one end of the roll.


Step 7

Place this on top of your wadding and pin in place leaving a larger gap in between pins at the top of the roll. This will allow you to pull everything through to turn around the correct way. 

Step 8

Sew all the way around the fabric about a 1/4 inch in leaving the gap open to allow you to turn inside out. Trim the corners of the fabric and wadding. Pull everything through the gap you left so that the right side of the fabric is now on show.

Step 9

Fold the fabric into the hole so that it sits well with the rest of the edge and sew all the way around the fabric this time, again a 1/4 inch in.

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Step 10

Now it’s just a case of sewing lines down the roll to create the sections for your brushes, you can do as many or as little as you need and make different sizes.

Step 11

Woohoo! There you have it… a beautiful tropical themed make up brush roll that you’ve proudly made yourself in no time at all! 

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