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Clearly Cute Beauty Cases

I can see clearly now! Those are the words from one of my favorite songs!  Listen to it while you read this post!! So let's talk about our clear storage and give you a few tips for making these practical accessories. The cases are the best of both worlds--being able to see what you're searching for in your bag, and also featuring a favorite fabric across the top!

Keep your bathroom essentials (or your sewing essentials) organized with our Clearly Cute Beauty Cases. The large case fits regular sized shampoo bottles while the small is perfect for travel size. These cases are the best of both worlds: being able to see what you're searching for in your bag, and also featuring a favorite fabric across the top! The pattern also comes with an insulated hot iron holder to protect your curling or flat iron (see the video below). 

We recently made some cute samples in Riley Blake's Kiss Me, Kate line from See Kate Sew. The cosmetics in the prints made it an obvious choice for this pattern. 

Tips for Working With Vinyl - Clearly Cute Beauty Cases

Working with vinyl is different than our standard quilting cotton, but we have compiled some tips for making it easier than ever.  There are even more tips included in the pattern, but here are some of our favorite tips for the Clearly Cute Beauty Cases!

Before you Start!

  • • Vinyl is a non-woven fabric; every hole you make becomes permanent,  therefore you want to make as few holes as possible.
  • • Use size 70 all-purpose sewing machine needles as they create smaller holes in the fabric; use a slightly longer stitch length so as to create fewer holes in the vinyl.
  • • If you have a Teflon foot, you want to use it, however, if you don't have one you can use a piece of painter's tape on your foot, be sure to cut a hole around the opening of your foot for the needle.
  • • Do not use "no sew/stick on" Velcro. If you try to sew this Velcro it gums up your needle and the needle won't penetrate your fabric. We have learned from experience! The Velcro needs to be stitched since the bag will be opened and closed a lot, so just gluing it on is also not an option.
  • • Try not to use pins on your vinyl as the holes will be permanent. Instead, use paperclips or Clover Wonder Clips to hold your fabric in place.

 Cutting and Marking!

Use a rotary cutter and a quilter's ruler to cut the vinyl to achieve smooth straight edges.

It is difficult to see the edges of vinyl on cutting mats. To make it more visible,  place a piece of white computer paper on the cutting mat. Lay the vinyl on top of the paper lining up the edges. You can use the paper as your guide for measuring and marking on the vinyl. 


We love this Clover Chaco-liner marker! It has a very fine wheel inside that distributes a very fine chalk line that is easy to brush off. We have tried similar markers but I like this Clover one the best and have used them successfully for years.

Stitching Your Case!

When stitching in the center of a large piece of vinyl, roll it up so it is out of the way of the needle while stitching.  

To fold the vinyl to the WS to make the vinyl casing for the fabric band in step 5, I again thought it was hard to see the edge of the vinyl. Here is another way to measure. To make the casing measure down 2 ¼” for the small case or 3 ½” for the large case on both ends of the width of a piece of paper and draw a line. Fold the cut edge of the vinyl to the WS until the cut edge matches the line you just drew on the paper. The vinyl casing fold needs to match the top edge of the paper. With this tip, you don't have to draw a chalk line on the vinyl. The RS of the Velcro is now visible.  Press a crease in the vinyl fold with your fingers and use large paper clips to hold the crease in place. Make sure the casing is the correct width so that the fabric band will fit inside. Adjust width if needed. Remove the paper and save to reuse on the other casing end.

When topstitching you want to machine stitch on the right side of the vinyl for the best looking stitches as usually the top layer of stitching looks better than the bottom threads.

Use Wonder Clips or paperclips to hold the vinyl in place while you stitch, remember that pins will poke holes in the vinyl.

When I got ready to stitch the corners in step 14, I bent the case so it would "stand" up. This way the corner could easily get under the presser foot to sew. Backstitch at both ends of the stitching line as shown.

Take Your Styling Tool With you too!

This pattern also includes an insulated hot iron holder. 

Watch this quick video where Amy shows the features of the insulated hot iron holder from this pattern.

See more vinyl sewing patterns HERE!

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