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Beetle Changing Bag Tutorial (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Beetle Changing Bag Tutorial (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

There are many many changing bags on the market – none of them cheap. Why not sew your own using two pairs of former jeans? Add a splash of personality with a beetle applique design on the front. Not in need of a changing bag? Why not use this bag as a large messenger bag, there’s plenty of room for a laptop plus other items.

Beetle Changing Bag



  • Fabric for main bag
  • Front closure
  • Heavy weight interfacing
  • Fusible fleece
  • Shower curtain/old waterproof jacket – optional (do you wish the bag to be shower resistant?)
  • Lining
  • Strap and fixtures (you can buy these in sewing shops or use one from a bag found in a charity shop)
  • Large button
  • Elastic
  • Bondaweb

To make

From the fusible fleece, cut the following:
Two 14″ high x 16″ wide panels
Two 4” by 16” side panels
One 4″ high x 14″ wide bottom panel
One 14″ by 21″ for the flap

From the fusible interfacing, cut the following:
Two 14″ high x 16″ wide panels
Two 4” by 16” side panels
One 4″ high x 14″ wide bottom panel
One 14″ by 21″ for the flap

Main fabric for body of bag
Two 14″ x 16″ wide panels
Two 4” by 16” side panels
One 4″ x 14″ wide bottom panel
Two 8.5″ x 7″ wide rectangle for the outer pockets
One 14″ by 21″ for the flap


Two 14″ x 16″ wide panels
Two 4” by 16” side panels
One 4″ x 14″ wide bottom panel
Two 8.5″ x 17.5″ wide rectangle for the inner pockets (in my case top of sheet)
One 14″ by 21″ for the flap


Prepare all fabric pieces

The finished bag measures 15″ by 13″. Cut out your pieces of fabric, interfacing and fusible fleece. Adhere your interfacing to the wrong sides of your lining fabric. Adhere fusible fleece to main bag fabric.

Fuse fuisible fleece to denim, trim fabric to include seam allowance

If interlining the bag with shower resistant material (such as an old coat or shower curtain) cut out corresponding pieces including seam allowance.


Side pockets  – turn and press seam along short edge of each off your side pockets.

Turn and press hem on side pocket - Copy

Place elastic into this pressed seam. See seam (encasing the elastic)

Place side pockets on side panel. Add two pleats along the bottom so the width of the pocket matches the base of the side panel.

Secure the elastic to one side of the pocket. Pull the elastic so that the pocket lays neatly against the side of the panel.

Side pocket, pin into place and baste - Copy

Base pocket into place. Repeat for the other side panel pocket.

Internal pocket. Turn and press seam along long edge of your pockets. Place elastic into this pressed seam. Pin pocket onto rear lining piece. Mark the centre of pocket and stitch down, this divides the pocket into two. Pull elastic so fabric lays flat against lining. Fold pleats into fabric along the bottom so the pocket lays flat.


Baste into place.

Main bag

Create the main body of the bag, sewing your side pieces and bottom piece on the back panel. Repeat for the front panel.

Pin seams together

Create the lining bag by repeating the steps above. If you are inserting a shower proof layer, baste to your lining pieces and sew into place as you sew the lining bag together.


Print out the beetle template. Prepare various contrasting fabrics to create you applique design by ironing on bondaweb on the reverse of the fabrics.


Cut out your design.


Layer up your fabrics and iron into place.


Emphasise the design by top stitching.


Insert two magnetic snaps on the lining of the flap. Place 2″ in from the side and the bottom.


Place the beetle fabric and the lining fabric right sides together. Stitch the sides and bottom seam. Trim the seam allowance. Turn and press carefully. Top stitch these seams.

Place right sides together on the back top of the bag. Pin and baste into place.



Cut two straps, one 5″ long the other 66″. Pin and then sew into place strap fastenings on the side panels of the bag.


Assemble the bag

Insert the main bag inside the lining bag, right sides together.


Stitch along the top, allowing a long turning space along the front.

Turn out to the right sides. Place the flap over the main bag, as if closed. Mark the place of the other half of the magnetic snaps and insert.


Pin the final seam where you turned the bag through.


Top stitch along the top of the bag.




You’ve done it… excellent, one beetle changing bag:)

 This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative Pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.





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Refashion runaway – buttons (free bag pattern)

Refashion runaway – buttons (free bag pattern)

This weeks runaway refashion is all about buttons… that’s one item I am not short of! I inherited my Gran’s button box, and my mother-in-laws. There is something special about using buttons passed on down through the generations. Some of the buttons have stories attached to them, sadly lost now as he generation passes away.

Button box

The refashion seems a great way of using lots of odd buttons to add a twist to one of my favourite tutorials.

Recycled Tweed Bag Tutorial Vicky Myers Creations

This makes a super cute small bag. I started with some wool fabric I had been passed on in a gorgeous burgundy colour.

To make your own cut out the bag pieces as per the downloadable Tweed Tote Bag instructions. Add fusible fleece to the main bag piece. Mark out 1″ squares with tailors chalk and a quilters ruler. As you can see from the image I started from the top of the bag each side marking out 8 squares towards the base of the bag (central column on image below).

stitch lines

Stitch these grid lines in a complimentary colour, I chose a strong orange.

Have fun selecting a variety of buttons.

Choose buttons for the upcycled button bag


Hand stitch the buttons into place, leaving the top and side line of squares. This enables you to stitch the side seams in place. It has the added bonus of providing a frame around your gorgeous buttons.

Tack into place Annies Soft and Stable to the main bag piece, this adds strength and stability to the bag (mine is quite heavy with the weight of the buttons)

Button bag in progress

Sew up the bag as the tutorial. I did moderate slightly, placing the lining inside the bag with the top seam allowance turned in (as the outer is shown above) and top stitching the two together.

Wool Burgundy Tote Bag - step by step instructions to make your own


Free tote bag pattern, great use of your button stash

This bag is available from my Etsy shop  – its that time of year where I need to start building up stock ready for Christmas sales.





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Upcycled tablet case – Creative fun with a former jacket

Upcycled tablet case – Creative fun with a former jacket

For some time I have had a former suit jacket in my stash waiting for inspiration to strike. When I saw a great clutch bag on instructables from a former jacket (see here) I knew I had to dig it out and have a play:)

Inspired I decided to play with the idea of an upcycled tablet case using the collar of the jacket as a closing flap. My work are currently issuing some staff with tablets, perhaps an opportunity to make a few sales?

Jacket Upcycled tablet case

Firstly I worked out the dimensions for the finished case and cut out fusible fleece this size. This then worked as a pattern piece when laying out the sleeve of the jacket and the collar.

Fabric placement, design ideas for tablet case cover

I folded the side edges of the collar, pinning then hand stitching closed. I added a button hole for button closure of the upcycled tablet case.

Turn collar edges in

I utilized the fold of the collar as the fold over closure, tacking this in place before sewing up in usual tablet case fashion! Naturally I used a shirt for the lining:)

Frustratingly the collar curled up at the edges.

UPcycled Tablet case in progress

I spray starched the collar to assist with laying flat. Then added velcro under the corner edges.

Upcycled Tablet Case, closure using button and velcro

This has made a significant difference, but I wish I knew why it curled at the edges in the first place! As you can see adding some top stitching at the last minute has brought out details, complimenting the original features from the jacket.

Hand sticthing empahsized jacket details

If you would like a tutorial for a tablet case I have one here.  Any suggestions as to why the collar curled or how to prevent it in future gratefully received:)




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