This Easy DIY Makeup Brush Roll Is Essential For Travel

I’m so picky about my travel makeup cases. I hate wasted space, so I want to make sure that I’m taking the minimum amount of makeup and brushes that I need in order to keep my luggage compact. The best way to make sure that I get exactly what I want is to DIY my makeup storage, of course.

To make this DIY makeup brush roll I utilise a purchased napkin, keeping the effort and sewing to a minimum, since all edges are finished already! This is my essential travel accessory. It’s is a cinch to whip up to organise your travel makeup needs.  These would make easy, personalised bridesmaids’ gifts too.


  • 45 cm x 45 cm Napkin
  • 60 cm of 2 cm wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Sewing machine

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Step 1: Using your brushes as a guide, flip up a side of the napkin so that your brush handles will be covered

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Step 2: Pin in place on each side and sew up the side, using the existing stitching as a guide.  Sew both sides

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Step 3: Start running a stitch down the folded side of the napkin, creating separate little compartments for each brush.  The distance between each line will depend on your brush sizes.

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TIP***A general width for a powder or blush brush is 4 cm.  The eye shadow/contour brushes are a about 2-3 cm wide.

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Step 4: Fold the top over so your brushes will be covered.  Press the fold.

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Step 5: Find the centre of your ribbon

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Step 6: Pin the ribbon on the front of the roll on the opposite side of the newly stitched rows.  Sew it on about an 2.5 cm from the edge.

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Step 7: Place your brushes in their compartments and roll them up

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Step 8: Tie your ribbon and away you go!

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Enjoy! You can also make compartments for your mascara and eyeliners too!

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