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  Рits that time of year where I need to start building up stock ready for Christmas sales.





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  1. August 21, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Such a fun bag. Button tins take me straight back to being a child. I inherited buttons from grandmothers too. In fact I think I even have a few matching ones to yours and buckles too. I love adding them to the things I make.

    • Vicky
      August 22, 2016 / 7:56 am

      There is something almost magical about buttons handed down through the generations:)

  2. August 21, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous bag Vicky! Great way to use up those buttons, makes for a unique design.
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    • Vicky
      August 22, 2016 / 7:55 am

      I prefer the buttons to the flower on the original bag design. Thanks for commenting Jill:)

    • Vicky
      August 22, 2016 / 7:49 am

      Thanks Pam. The beauty of the bag is being able to use the odd buttons:)

    August 22, 2016 / 4:21 am

    I love your bag with assorted buttons.
    Both the bag and the choice buttons is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Vicky
      August 22, 2016 / 7:47 am

      You are welcome Sana:) I can visualise making many more..!

  4. August 22, 2016 / 6:33 am

    Lovely idea. Like you I have inherited buttons and still remove from clothing that is getting binned.

    • Vicky
      August 22, 2016 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Caroline – have to confess that I have so many buttons that I don’t save them from clothes!

  5. August 22, 2016 / 10:12 am

    What a simple, but super idea. Sometimes I take my button box into school, and just let the children play at sorting them. I am also a compulsive button remover from old clothes.
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  6. August 22, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    What a wonderful use for buttons!

  7. August 22, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Having admired this over on Instagram it’s good to see how you put it all together.
    I love this as a way to use buttons, pinning, thanks.
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  8. August 26, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    What a great way to use a button collection! Love it!

  9. August 28, 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
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    Thanks again for linking up to A Round Tuit Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
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  10. August 29, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    This is such a fun idea! My kids would go nuts for it, too.

  11. August 30, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    That is adorable. I too have bunches of buttons passed down from my grandma. I’m definitely pinning this for later. Thank you!

  12. August 31, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Oh my, this bag is darling! Just a great idea to display some beautiful buttons!! Thanks for sharing at our DIY Crush Craft Party on Thursdays! Hope to see your newest projects this week!

  13. September 2, 2016 / 7:28 am

    What a great idea. It looks very nice. Thanks for sharing how to make one.

  14. September 3, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    This is so cute, and what a clever way to use up those fun vintage buttons! Thanks for giving us the instructions on how to make one. This is going on my list of fun things to make!

  15. Clare
    March 8, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    Love it but the download pattern doesn’t work.

    • Vicky
      March 13, 2017 / 10:06 pm

      Hi Clare, it seems to be working for me, how odd! I will send you the pattern by email. Vicky

  16. Pam F
    April 13, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    I really want to make this bag but I don’t have Office so I can’t download….any other way to get it? Thanks for some great inspiration!

    • Vicky
      April 16, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Hi Pam,I will copy and paste the instructions into an e-mail for you, Vicky

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