It’s no secret that I love a good freebie. Like SERIOUSLY LOOOOOVVVEEE it!
Even when the freebie isn’t anything special, I still feel like it’s my lucky day. I know this is why companies give out freebies and we can sit around and discuss whether or not freebies REALLY are free or built in to the cost of other items, but I still LOVE them. If companies are going to play the freebie game… game ON!
Of all the freebies, quite possibly my favorite is the cosmetic bag gift with purchase. Getting to try mini versions (often in super adorable, tiny packaging) of new products that I might enjoy and everything comes in an cute bag?! Uhhhhh…. YES, PLEASE!
My handbag obsession only ranks SLIGHTLY higher than my cosmetic bag obsession. A pretty cosmetic bag can be so versatile and used for so much more than make-up.
My use of choice? Cross-stitch projects, of course!
You can throw everything into one pouch and take it with you on road trips or vacation. It’s incredibly important to keep your projects clean and free of dirt and oils. A new, cute cosmetic bag can accomplish just that.
Today’s project is a fun idea for personalizing those amazing freebie bags for yourself or to give as a gift.
How to Personalize a Cute Cosmetic Bag
This craft will take you no time at all and get you personalizing ALL the bags you can get your hands on. Here’s what you’ll need:
Supplies for Personalizing a Cute Cosmetic Bag
**This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed can be found at your local craft or fabric store, but the links have been provide for your convenience in recreating this project.**
- Cute cosmetic bag or small purse. (preferably with minimal to no pattern)
- Oil based Sharpie paint marker
- “Mom Life!” template download HERE.
- Chalk, tape, and a pencil for imprinting
How to Personalize a Cosmetic Bag
This amazing asymmetrical pink bag was a gift with purchase from Estee Lauder.
1. Prep the Design Template
Scale the template to the size you need for your cosmetic bag. Print and trim.
2. Transfer Design to Bag
Rub the back of the template with chalk and tape to your bag. Trace the outer edges of the lettering.
Remove the template. Unfortunately, the chalk imprint does not photograph well on the vinyl bag. I tried this same technique with a lead pencil and you can see it a bit more, but it’s still not great for you the reader. On my side of the camera, I was able to easily see the lettering to fill in.
The idea when you do the imprint is to have a guide to work from.
3. Fill in Design with Oil-based Paint Marker
Using a white, oil based paint marker fill in the lettering and let dry. The paint will dry almost immediately, but I gave the work a few minutes to set and went over any areas that streaked or needed to be a bit darker. Once everything is the way you want, wait about 15 minutes before wiping off the chalk marks with a damp paper towel.
Now your bag is ready for action. This cute custom cosmetic bag is perfect for the mom on the go… whether that’s you or a friend.
I particularly love this paired with the wood dyed beads and key chain bling. I think this would be such a fun gift to give for all the mama’s in your life this Mother’s Day.
However, if you choose to keep this for yourself, I won’t judge. I’ll be using mine for my next cross-stitch project.
What is your favorite freebie? If you received a cute custom cosmetic bag, what would you use it for? Have you been repurposing anything that would make for a great gift? Share all the details in the comments below!