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Friend post – D.I.Y. Sarah’s brush roll

by Sonia G.

I believe the most amazing presents are the ones that someone makes for you with love and passion, specially when it’s something that targets your very fun interests.

I received this brush roll and the 2 cases in June, they were made by my dear friend Sarah and I simply love everything about it, I asked her if she would agree to show us how to achieve such a perfect work of art and not only she did, but she sent the drawing and all the DIY info you need to succeed!

brfeaturedI will briefly show you mine and then she will show you hers … ๐Ÿ˜€ plus she will explain all the steps! It goes without saying that you can choose the length of the roll, the width, the tissue, etc etc. What I love about it is that:

  • it’s lightweight and easy to store in your luggage
  • feels amazing to the touch plus super solid
  • holds short and long brushes
  • the selection of the tissue is gorgeous and Japanese style!
  • so clever to put a linen vinyl tissue in the inside, keeps everything cleaner for longer!
  • there are no magnets or anything that could alter the shape of the brushes!
  • when you fold the top part of the brush roll, the border doesn’t end in the middle of the head of the brushes, even if the brushes are short, it will cover all the way until the base of the compartments. You may think this is obvious but I own several professional brush rolls and some did not even think about this, when you fold the top part it totally damages the shape and the hair of your brushes. Again, I insist, this may seem obvious but consider it when you are looking for a brush roll!

The cases are similar to the Hakuhodo, you slide the brush in one side you pull it out from the other side, this way it prevents you from having to pull the fan or kabuki by its bristles.


I can fit my Rae Morris Radiance brushes, or kabukis, here with the Radiance:


or anything else… you can plan smutty things, but Sarah and I were laughing about what could happen if these two stayed there for too long… what would come out of it… we don’t know.


Since I am doing my brush room almost by myself and as I go, having a few useful ideas, there is going to be several DIY posts in the future, I will share any new storage, organization ideas that I will create and maybe (hopefully) this will inspire someone ๐Ÿ™‚

And now for the fun part, I leave you with my dear super talented friend Sarah and her story fully commented by herself!!



When your Brush collection has finally grown (do to SMUT) that much that you canโ€™t or donโ€™t want to travel with them in your beauty bag anymore, itโ€™s time for a travel storage solution. Itโ€™s time for a Brush roll and maybe Fan case!

Why should you do a Brush roll or Fan/Kabuki Case on your own? Because you can use almost every fabric, based on your own taste.

And you can customize it in size and the sections for the brushes

Why did I make a Brush roll at the beginning though I donโ€™t travel because I use my entire budget on expensive brushes? ๐Ÿ˜€

Sure I had to bribe my first dear Brush friend (who else than dear Melissa) back in 2013 because she did me some favors and I was looking forward to some more help so I thought, what is better than something brush related and self made.

My mother did the first brush roll for me, some time before that, so I thought with a little bit of her help I could manage it too!

Two Brush rolls later I thought about a Fan or Kabuki solution because they don’t fit in the roll. Sonia and her little self made Kabuki solution (somewhere in a post) and Hakuhodo Fan Case in mind, I prepared a little Case which would fit the Radiance or Fan Brush and also a big Kabuki.

Sure our Brush queen Sonia had to get this little collection also to thank her for all the amazing hard work here and that awesome place for Brush lovers where I found such lovely friends!


So here comes the interesting part how to make one:

*click on the pics to make them bigger ๐Ÿ˜‰





Brush roll 1Step 1

  • The measures includes 1cm on each side for sewing, for the ribbons 0,5cm.
  • Cut fabric pieces as accurate as possible.

Brush roll 2Step 2

  • It’s easier to sew when you iron it.
  • When the sewing part is ready, pull the two ribbons over a stick.
  • Make the corners “square” with the stick.


Step 3

  • When the outer fabric is on the top, the ribbons are on the left. Otherwise you have to roll it in the opposite way when it’s ready.
  • When you sew the piece, leave out a 6cm hole. (see sketch)
  • Cut the corners before you turn inside out the ready piece.
  • Make the corners square with a stick.
  • You don’t have to close the 6cm hole!


Step 4

  • Iron it and fold it – Overlapping 9cm.
  • Sew left and right first, then the parts for Brushes. Customize them for your own needs.
  • Don’t forget that the hole must be on the part where you sew now.








Fan case 1

Step 1

  • Made to fit Radiance or White Mushroom!
  • The measures includes 1cm on each side for sewing, for the ribbons 0,5cm.
  • Cut fabric pieces as accurate as possible.


Step 2

  • It’s easier to sew when you iron it.
  • When the sewing part is ready, pull the two ribbons over a stick.
  • Make the corners “square” with the stick.


Fan case 2

Step 3

  • When you sew the pieces, leave out a 6cm hole. (see sketches)
  • Cut the corners before you turn inside out the ready piece.
  • Make the corners square with a stick.
  • You don’t have to close the 6cm holes!


Step 4

  • Iron them and put the two pieces together (inside fabric to inside fabric) – Overlapping 10cm.
  • Don’t forget that the holes must be on the part where you sew the pieces together.


For the Fabrics I used:

  • Outside:ย  Nice cotton – relatively thin
  • Inside:ย  Linen with a vinyl coating on one side

I didnโ€™t use anything between the fabrics.


I also found some infoโ€™s about how to make a Brush roll in the www, but I changed some things in the process. You could change several things so that you donโ€™t see the seam from the brush sections on the outside for example, but if you want that you have to sew the brush section part first on the inside and than you can sew the outside and inside fabrics later togetherโ€ฆ.

I think this technique is as simple and at the same time as nice as possible.

I’m not a pro in sewing, the rolls were the first real projects for me so I think you can manage it too. Just ask your friends or family if you donโ€™t have a sewing machine, I also use the one from my mum.


I posted this DIY Tutorial earlier in the Forum but since not all are following there and itโ€™s evtl. better to find it here in the new sections, Sonia asked me to make a post ๐Ÿ˜‰


Have fun while creating your own travel storage collection!


XOX Sarah




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Bea 4 October, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Sarah darlin’ this is amazing!Your diagrams are going to be so helpful for those that will want to take a stab at making their own rolls. And now I am going to need some fan/kabuki cases as well hahahahha!

Honestly though, I hate sewing but collaborating with you and seeing this diy tutorial makes me feel like I might want to try it. The operative word is “might” lol.

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 5 October, 2014 - 12:16 am

If I had her talent I would be like an unstoppable machine! ๐Ÿ˜€ amazing work, now I want to learn how to properly create those diagrams!
Bea if you have the time, give it a try, you will never know unless you try…

212kiki 5 October, 2014 - 12:38 am

Hahaha all what I can sew you can do too !! And I also learned some things to do better after some pieces so it’s always a process ๐Ÿ˜‰
This is far away from awesome sewing talents like sewing clothes or quilting ! And I would never have the patient for that I only enjoyed doing these for my sweet smuties ! Put some nice music on and sew sew sew ๐Ÿ˜€

You mean the drawings ? It’s just simple autocad drawing because I can handle this program almost in sleep. I never tried to work with graphic programs like photoshop or something ๐Ÿ˜€
If you ever need my drawing skills here I’m ๐Ÿ˜€

212kiki 5 October, 2014 - 12:27 am

Bea i’m more than happy to make a smuty brush roll for our first brush Pusher maybe One of the next weekends i can finally start!!
But join the sewer Club after the first pieces it gets easier and faster !

Melissa 4 October, 2014 - 10:15 pm

It was indeed a GREAT bribe dear. LOOOOLLL But seriously I am still loving mine sooooo very much. It has traveled with me last yr throughout Asia and few more places after that. Its my go to brush roll and perfect for storing new brushes that I took home last yr!!
I leave all the creativity in yr hands cause mine are def not meant for sewing ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 5 October, 2014 - 12:18 am

That is the perfect roll for traveling and even to take empty then pile the purchased brushes for their return trip bahahaha

Melissa 5 October, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Sarah’s brush roll and the red u gave me will come with me next yr! God knows I need at least 2 brush rolls to be prepaired for the festival ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

212kiki 5 October, 2014 - 12:44 am

Great to hear my dear smuty !
Hmm if you can’t maybe hour hubby can also manage the sewing part just like cooking ?!
Muhahaha he could be a part of smutvilles just like Sonias BF could be with his brush storage woodworks !!

Melissa 5 October, 2014 - 7:46 pm

LOOOOLLL nothing in the world would ever get him involved with the brush world ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
He is into Japanese cooking knives so at least we both have something to hunt for in Japan!

Jeanette 5 October, 2014 - 9:30 am

They are so cute and well thought out! I wouldn’t have got the idea myself, but if some day I have some extra time, I think it would be such a cosy treat to make a personalized brush roll.
Can I ask you where you find the beautiful Japanese fabric?

212kiki 5 October, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Hehe thanks my dear ! Back then I bought the fabrics at etsy because you have a bigger selection there ๐Ÿ˜‰ sadly this exact fabric is not avail anymore otherwise I would have done a few more things with it… evtl pouch or so ๐Ÿ˜€

gatos 5 October, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Sarah, you are so amazingly talented! I have told you this before I think, but let me repeat myself anyways ๐Ÿ˜€
Your “beginner” brush roll (as you have called it) puts most brush rolls out there to shame! What Sonia says is so true, many I have seen don’t pay attention to small details that are actually important to protect the brushes properly. Yours is so well done, and you’re very generous to share your DIY skills with us *applauds vigorously*. I am a total klutz with the sewing machine, but if I can get my mom to help with use hers someday, I may give this a go. For now I will dream of owning a piece of your very special Smuty collection <3

Melissa, I would love to see your Sarah roll too! Is it made with this fabric as well? It's absolutely adorable. I also didn't realize when I first saw it that the interior is actually coated. How clever kiki to think about this! The only roll I own doesn't have this convenient feature so if it gets dirty there's no wiping, gotta wash it :\

(Oh, I'm also here drooling at the sight of your Echizen beauties Sarah….)

212kiki 6 October, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thank you sweety you make me blush ๐Ÿ˜€
After a sewing weekend i found out how to handle the sewing machine better. Its still not very easy but i have more control about it than at the begining and when you make something wrong open it and when its wrong again, open it again ๐Ÿ˜‰ You dont know how often i opened something because i wanted the seam (which you can see) to be more perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the visible seams are the most dificult part because you must pay attention that it looks nice ๐Ÿ˜‰

Melissa and dear Anna too, do own the same roll like Sonia and me (same Fabric)
When i made sonias i only changed a seam on both the fan case and roll thats why mine do have one more visible seam ๐Ÿ˜›

Kay 6 October, 2014 - 9:23 am

Kiki, your brush roll looks so professional and I love the fabrics you selected! I’ve never heard of linen vinyl, is it vinyl that looks like linen or a vinyl coated linen fabric? It looks so soft and pliable, would love to find some somewhere.

212kiki 6 October, 2014 - 11:58 am

I’ts a linen which is coated on one side. There are waterproof cottons out there but most of them are only soaked with wax and dont have a surface which is smooth like the coated one…
You can find them at etsy for example (the linen comes from Korea stores there) but there is only a small collection avail in limited colors or pattern ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also saw that you can coat a cotton on your own but i never tried that so i’m not sure how long that lasts and if you can wash that…

You must pay attention when you sew with that kind of fabric i saw that some use something on their machine so it slips better ๐Ÿ™‚

Jeanette 6 October, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Kay, I was actually thinking that it would be nice to use coated fabric.
I think that fabric for table cloths would be good, the ones you can buy by measurement e.g. in shops that sell paint. It totally feels like fabric, but it is coated so that you can wipe it off with a wet cloth, and wet spills just lie on top as drops instead of sinking into the fabric.

212kiki 6 October, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Yes actually it’s the same kind because you cans also see the sample pics as tablewear…
I think the ones you get here are not that beautiful and maybe thicker or glossy coated but maybe you can find a nice one !

Kay 6 October, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Thanks Kiki and Jeanette for the tips on finding. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve seen the very thick vinyl sold by the yard in kitchen stores and also very thin (ugly) vinyl with a sort of fuzzy backing used in cheap tablecloths. I know the tablecloths are fairly durable but the trick is to find something that looks attractive. I’ll check out Etsy and some paint shops. Thanks again!

Jeanette 6 October, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Kay, I don’t know what it is called in English. Directly translated it would be something like waxed textile table cloth.
You can se a very expensive and sophisticated version here, just to see that it does not have to look cheap: http://www.damask.dk/poppy-damaskdug/

Midnitedesire 6 October, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Im soooooooo amazed! You’re so talented and not to mention beautiful and a good cook ๐Ÿ˜‰ well, you see, you did a such a nice job and you have written such a great post!! I loved those drawings from the pics you shared and I loved how you really broke it down, step by step.

212kiki 6 October, 2014 - 8:19 pm

Oh my dear thanks you ! At the start I made sketches for myself to not forget the details when I want to see the next one, then I thought that would be a nice idea for others too ! So half work was prepared before because I had done all the step pic work when I posted it in the forum ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sweet Make-Up Temptations 7 October, 2014 - 7:43 pm

That’s so generous from you <3 thank you so much!!!

Angela 8 October, 2014 - 2:02 am

Awe <3 everyone is so awesome here ๐Ÿ™‚

Ahh-mazing brush roll Sarah!

Sanikki 3 January, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Brilliant work Sarah, I see how you can easily bribe anyone (Melissa) heheheee with such a beautiful brush case/ holder. I think is us really beautiful


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