18 October 2013

DIY Manicure Kit


30 cm elastic
Large button
Printed cotton fabric
Cotton batting 
Cotton thread
Computer paper 


Cut the following rectangles from computer paper to use as patterns; 19 cm x 14 cm (base)19 cm x 10 cm (pocket)16 cm x 9 cm (flap)
Trace 2 base pattern pieces and 1 pocket pattern piece onto cotton. Do not cut on line. Cut 1.5 cm outside the line. 

Trace 1 flap piece onto felt and cut out on the line. Trace 1 base piece onto cotton batting and cut out on the line.You will now have 3 cotton pieces, 1 felt piece and 1 batting piece.

Place one base piece on a table, patterned side down. Place batting piece on top. Fold edges over. Baste with a loose running stitch. Turn over.

Sew elastic to the under side of batting to form a loop.Iron pocket piece by folding fabric back along lines.

 Place pocket piece patterned side up on your batting and cotton base piece.
Pin around outside edge of pocket and baste with a loose running stitch, leaving the top edge open.Mark the following intervals along pocket with a ruler and pin;5 cm, 2 cm, 2 cm, 3 cm, 3 cm. Now sew along pocket intervals with a machine or a small back stitch by hand, removing basting as you go.

Place your manicure tools into the pockets. Mark with a pin how deep into the pocket you would like them to sit. Sew. Remove tools.

Take your other cotton base piece and embellish with beads or embroidery.

Baste the felt flap piece to the top of your base piece.

Iron your other base piece by folding fabric back along lines. Baste the other base piece onto the back of your base and pocket piece. Working on the pocket side, carefully sew around all four sides by machine or a small back stitch by hand. Remove basting stitches and iron flat. 

Sew on button.

All done!


  1. This is a great tutorial, Jessie! We're looking forward to sharing your other tutorial on the DIY Sewing Box and would love to link to this one as well. Thank you for taking the time to document this step-by-step!

    1. You are very welcome Anne and thank you for featuring my post :-)

  2. I love this..and need one. Thank u for sharing ur tutorial!!!

  3. Such a clever idea Jessie many thanks for your very clear tutorial.