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.


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20 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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 :)

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

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

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  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

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  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

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

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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.

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  13. What a great idea! I love it!

    www.addicted2tutes.blogspot.com

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  14. WOOOOWWWWWW

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

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  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!

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  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:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-bag-from-a-baby-shirt/2011/04/24/

    --Anne

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

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