Refashion : Transforming your hoodie into a tote bag

Super thanks to everyone who wrote really sweet comments about my sewing in my last post! It made me realise that its been ages since i last did a sewing blog post. So here it is! ^^

Today, i am going to show you guys how i changed this old hoodie of mine into a tote bag
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FYI i bought this hoodie in Taiwan years and years ago but i rarely wore it as i felt it was too warm for summer wear yet totally useless in winter since the sleeves were so short. it was no good for layering either as it was a very large hoodie. I thought abt adding long sleeves but oh in the end , i just outgrew the look XD

You will need a few other items…
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Cardboard, black knit cloth [which matches the bottom of the hoodie] and paper for drafting your pattern

First of all, fold the hoodie in half and cut top off. Cut handles. I didnt use a pattern, i just cut it freehand. XD
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i made sure to keep the cat since it looked so cute XD

Use your drafting paper [or u can be cheap like me and use advertisement paper XD recycle!!] to trace the handles
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Cut the same shapes out from black knit and line the handles. This part is kinda tricky and i still havent figured out a good way to do it. So you’ll have to do some trial and error experimentation here. If i figure out a good method, i will do another post on it or update this one!

Measure the bottom of the hoodie
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Yup its time to do some maths.
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Draft your base pattern based on the calculations above
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Cut two pieces from the black knit.

Cut a piece of cardboard using the pattern. If you intend to wash the bag, do use plastic canvas instead.
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Sew the two pieces of the black knit around the edges of the bottom of the hoodie, leave one end open
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Insert the cardboard. Sew up the last end.

I forgot to take photos but the last step is to sew a lining for the bag, add velcro closures/pocket on the inside..watever you like.

The end result
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Hopefully this gives you an idea of how to go about doing it on your own ^^ I’m not very good at making sewing tutorials [which is why i rarely make them] I didnt learn how to sew so a lot of things i do in sewing are made up as i go XD

Any questions? Feel free to ask!! ^^

A few of you have been asking me how the home slippers i showed u guys a sneak peek of a while ago, turned out
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Cant say i am 100% happy. The bottom is too filmsy and hurts when i walk too much in them on the hard floor. i think its ok if you are walking on plush carpet constantly but i am not.

Anyway last weekend, whilst in Jusco, i noticed these on sale
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They are shoe inserts for those of us who wish to be a little taller XD They are meant for boots which explains why they were on sale [Boot wearing season aka winter is wayyy over now XD] Going to try to put these in the slippers and see how it goes. Will report back! ^^

Its 1st of June! Where did the last 5 months go!?
Hope you are keeping well
XOXO Yumeko

p.s i hate to have to say this but please dont ask me for sewing tutorials or patterns on things like brushrolls/pouches/whatever stuff i sell. To be honest, i find it kind of rude. Hope you can understand ^^;;

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35 Responses to Refashion : Transforming your hoodie into a tote bag

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      if u fold it in half and cut it like i said in the instructions,it will be symmetical XD

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      thank you sweetie!it currently houses other old clothes meant for other refashion projects

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      ooh i wana know wat you will be sewing! i should host a sewing challenge!

      jusco doesnt require a membership card, its just a normal store. it doesnt sell in bulk like costco ^^
      hope this helps

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      u should if you are going to throw it out anyway or if u cant donate it [like stains or something]?

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    • Bittenbefore says:

      no problems sorry its so unclear
      ok first i cut the hood off , then fold the hoodie in half and cut out the handle shape
      if you fold it in half , then cut, your handles will be symmetrical

      lmk if u want me to do a diagram or something ^^!

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