Ladybug Bag : A Baby Top Refashion


This is my latest re-fashion project, Ladybug Bag. You know me for some re-fashioning projects, usually from adult clothes into toddler clothes. Few days ago, I wanted to try different re-fashion. I tried to repurpose a baby top/shirt into a mini tote bag.

Above was how the baby top looked like. It was once Zakiyya's top. Its size was 9-12 months, and of course it didn't fit her anymore. It has cute pink-yellow-green ladybug pattern, and I could not stand to change it into a cute mini tote bag

What you need :
- An unused baby top (a cotton top is better)
- Batting (if needed)
- Cotton fabric for lining and handle
- Matching threads

How to make :

1.If your baby top has any back button, take it off and sew together the button placket

2. Trace the baby top front and back into a batting or fusible batting (if needed). You can make the bodice without batting. It is totally up to you. I prefer using batting because it will give my bag more shape and structure that I need

3. Lining :
- Trace the pattern of front and back bodice into pattern paper. Use the pattern to make the bag's lining. I made the lining's side seams and bottom seams smaller than the bag bodice. I add a 3/8 seam allowance at neckline

- With wrong side together, sew the lining at shoulder seams, side seams and bottom seam. Leave the sleeves un-stitched, zigzag raw edge

4. Join the lining and bodice :
- Insert the lining into the bag's bodice, wrong side together.

- Make sure the lining's seam allowance is folded inside, and then pin the bodice and lining together at neckline. At this point, I still leave the sleeves unstitched

- Topstitch along the neckline

5. Bag Handles
- Cut two strips of fabric, each measurement is 6 x 44 cm

- Fold the strip at half lengthwise, then fold its seam allowance 1 cm. Meet them at wrong side. Topstitch along the edge. Do the same with another strip of fabric

- Pin each edge of a bag handle at 5 cm from shoulder seam, right beside the front neckline. Do the same method with another bag handle

Off you go, mini tote bag ! I used it to bring my prayer set to office, and got many compliments. Everyone did not believe that it was made from my daughter's baby top.

p.s I link this post into some of these famous link parties


  1. Wow! it is soo cute! You are so creative.

  2. Very cute refashion idea. I actually have a piece of that same lady bug fabric and some pink with white polkadots. Thanks for sharing.

  3. WOW!!you are super duper creative..and for sure who look at this tote never expected it was a top before.seriously i like your works :)

  4. saya selalu suka dan amaze dgn ide2nya mba citra ^^
    keren bgt !!

  5. OH My goodness.. that is so so cute!!!!!!

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. wah, jadinya keren banget..
    anyone who see your cute bag, would be anvy because they want to have a bag just like yours bag.. but i think i'm talking about my self yach not everyone..hihi

  8. lucune Mbak!!!
    ya ampuuuuuuuuun
    kainnya juga itu lho yang bikin lucu

  9. dibuang sayang ya mbak judulnya...
    habis motif kainnya cute abisss !!!
    yang pasti sih super duper kreatif.
    I Like it.

  10. Hi Citra!

    That's unbelievable! I'm so hopeless with anything to do with sewing. It's worse than housework to me, ha.

    It looks great! Love it!

    Ali x

  11. We just decided last week to make a purse out of the matching shorts!!! I'll have to send you the link once we've finished.

    Your purse is ADORABLE, by the way!

  12. Oh my goodness, you are just too creative! What makes you think, "this is a cute top; I'll make a purse from it"? I guess I don't have the "sight" but I can make it once I see it. So thank you for the tutorial. It's really kind of you to share the creativity.

    New follower from Buzz on by Thursday hop.

  13. What a great idea! I love it!


    this is so creative!!! and it makes it easy too !
    Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Fabulous idea and it looks great. Easy to follow tutorial too. What a great gift this would make for a mom and baby. A shirt and a matching bag for mommy!

  16. That is too cute!!! I love how the detailing of the dress works so nicely for the body of bag. I linked to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  17. That is so cute!
    What a neat idea this is :)
    Happy Weekend!


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