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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Coquetterie cosmetic wallet PDF pattern

Many moons ago, I posted about stitching this cosmetic wallet. After many hours (and a considerable amount of wrestling with Adobe Illustrator!), the PDF pattern is at last 'shop-ready'.

Of all the projects I have designed, this remains one of my favourites. It incorporates some things that I love to work with: linen, embroidery, botanical fabrics, and a vintage buckle. I was aiming to replicate the ethereal feel of antique French monogrammed linen with this project.

The wallet is able to be folded for travel, and unfolds (above) to hang conveniently for easy access when you reach your destination. 

It has specialised compartments for storing all your makeup needs: two clear vinyl pockets;

three elasticised pockets for storing compacts;

seven narrow pockets for brushes and pencils, with a felt cover that flips down to protect your brushes;

and an elasticised lipstick keep.

I made the wallet from a jelly roll of Moda's fabric range 'Etchings' by 3 Sisters which conveniently has a very French feel about it.

I especially enjoyed the embroidery on this project. The pattern includes a full alphabet for personalising your monogram.

Writing this pattern up was quite a task, and the instructions are very detailed which is reflected in its higher price.

The tone and meaning I was hoping to convey by calling this pattern 'Coquetterie' was variously: ‘vanity; concern for one’s appearance; a knack for fashion; flirty; playful behaviour'. So flirt and play to your heart's content with this pattern.

Bloom x


  1. It's beautiful! Perfect choice of fabric.

  2. What a beautiful make-up bag. I love how well thought out it is - I really love the elasticized area for lip stick. Genius! Now, if only I were a quilter and better sewer, I'd order your pattern in a New York minute.

  3. It looks wonderful! You have matched the fabrics to the style of your project beautifully.

  4. Looks gorgeous Ros xxx

  5. What a beautiful pattern! I have a similar pattern by you for the folding jewellery wallet which I have all ready to go with my Luna Notte fabrics, but I think I'll get this one too and have a coordinating pair!
    Love the fabrics, I've actually just started a quilt with that exact jelly roll!
    Hannah :o)

  6. Just love the cosmetic travel wallet ... another project for my to do list!


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