Screen Cosmetic Bag


Vinyl coated mesh pet screen

Matching zipper (at least 9″)

Black thread & matching bobbin

Black tear away stabilizer

Chalk marker

Scrap fabric for applique

Black fabric cut  2 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric)

KK2000 Spray

Jeans Needle Recommended


Cut your screen to exactly 9 x 16. 

Draw a line in the center of the screen with a chalk marker.  This makes a top half and a bottom half.

Print out your template from your software and place it in the middle of the top half of the screen and mark your cross hairs with a chalk marker for embroidery placement.  I purchased the frame from JuJu designs and used my own lettering.

Hoop a piece of black tear away stabilizer in your 4×4 hoop.

Spray the stabilizer with KK2000 and then lay the marked screen on top of the hoop.  I like to use a basting stitch to hold the screen to the hoop during embroidery.  Stitch out the applique and then the initials.  It should look something like this once the embroidery is complete.  Unhoop the screen and tear off the stabilizer.

Now it is time to add the zipper.  Lay the zipper face down onto the top of one short end of the screen.  Attach your zipper foot and sew the zipper onto the screen using matching thread.

Flip the other end of the screen over (right side to right side) and pin the zipper to the screen.  Stitch again with zipper foot to complete the zipper attachment…….yippee! See wasn’t that easy?

Now I like to fold the seam allowance down and top stitch it so it won’t get caught in the zipper.  Plus it just seems to make it more professional looking.

This is how it will look once the seam allowance is sewn down.  Repeat for other side.

Now we are ready to stitch the sides together.  Fold the bag right sides together and pin in place.  It is important to unzip the zipper about half way.

Stitch the sides together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.  Sew over the ends of the zipper.  Once you have completed the stitching, clip excess zipper.

Your bag should now look like this.

Take the piece of black 2 1/2″ strip fabric and fold it in half.  Starch and press it.  Open the fabric up and then fold one end of the short side down about 1/2″ and finger press. 

Fold the strip over again.

Now place the folded strip on the raw edge of the inside of the screen just below the edge of the zipper.

Stitch with a 1/4″ seam.  When you reach the bottom stop and turn the end of the strip up about 1/2″ so there is no raw edge before you finishing stitching it to the screen.

Once that is complete, fold the edge over and sew it to the other side.

Repeat this process for the other side.    This will cover all the inside raw edges.

Now fully unzip the bag.

Stick your hand down inside the bag and at one of the bottom corners make a triangle.

Stitch about an 1 1/2″ over the triangle, back stitching at the beginning and the end.  Repeat for the other side.  Turn the bag inside out and YOU ARE DONE!!!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carie Campbell
    Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:16:46

    I bought pet screen years ago for a tote that I never made but this cosmetic bag is to cute!!!


  2. Beverly
    May 04, 2012 @ 16:49:23

    You know I hate zippers but this looks so simple. Will give it a try. Keep up the great work. Your friend Beverly


  3. Melinda
    May 02, 2012 @ 20:02:55

    I just love these cosmetic bags. Where did you get the red pet mesh?


    • sewmichelle
      May 02, 2012 @ 21:09:14


      I went in with a friend on a group buy a few years back and bought the red mesh. I thought she ordered it from but when I checked their site I couldn’t find it in their inventory so I googled it and the link above has some in several different colors at a “decent” price. You might check your local quilt shop too.

      Michelle :>)


  4. Pascale
    May 02, 2012 @ 11:11:26

    Oh Wow! Your bags are beautiful – the framed initials looks so stylish! Thank you Michelle. I was thinking of what to put our kids chargers in for our upcoming trip – this will be perfect. Off to our local store to get screen 🙂


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