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Portable DVD Player Tote


Most of you already know we’re moving across country……soon. And one of our first purchases for the trip, was a portable DVD player. And ours is a double screen, one for each headrest.

But I began to worry about these things getting banged around when not in use and not attached to the head rests. So, here’s my solution. (And you could use this tutorial to create any sort of tote/case, including a laptop bag. Start thinking of what you’d need…..)

Complete with a shoulder strap.

And a divider for the two different screens.

With a pouch on the back to store cords, headphones, etc.

Would you like your own?

First, I grabbed some of my upholstery fabric and some quilted batting from my stash. Then I decided how large I wanted to make my bag, including enough room for expansion and seam allowances. Then I cut 2 of each of the materials in that size. Then I cut 1 of each of the materials with the same width dimension, just shorter. (this smaller piece will be the inside divider… if you’re not making a bag for a dual screen, you can skip this step.)

Then I set the 4 large rectangles aside, and I sewed a piece of double folded bias tape along the top of the 2 smaller rectangles, attaching them together…..only along the long top edge.

Then I cut out a rectangle big enough to make a pocket on the back, including enough width to make a pleat. Then I hemmed under all of the edges. (As a size reference, I made the width a little wider than the rectangles I used for the tote.)

Then I made a pleat along both ends and pinned them into place.

Then I sewed it to the front of one of the large rectangle pieces, only sewing along the one layer of the pleat. The fold of the pleat needs to be left free, so that it will be expandable later on.

Then sew along the bottom of the pocket…

From the top of the pocket, you can see that the folds were left free and now the pocket opens up nice and big.

Then cut out a top flap, that is just as wide as your pocket, making sure to include enough for a seam allowance before cutting.

Then attach some velcro to the pocket and the flap.

And then sew the flap right above the top of the pocket.

Next, you’re going to place the batting along the back of your large rectangle pieces and then place these large rectangle pieces together, with right sides together.

Then place the divider on top of that. So now you have 3 sections placed together. (or 6 layers if you count the batting and upholstery fabrics.)

Now, sew around the bottom and sides, leaving the top open. Then make a zig-zag stitch next to that.

Trim the corners and turn right side out.

See how you now have the beginnings of a tote with the divider in the middle?

Now sew some more of your double fold bias tape along the top of the tote.

Now, cut out a top flap that is as wide as your tote, making sure to include enough for seam allowances before you cut. Then hem the sides and top of the flap (upside down in my picture).

And then tuck under the bottom of the flap (once again, it’s shown upside down) and attach it to the tote with pins.

Then sew into place.

Next, decide on how long you’d like your shoulder strap and how wide. Make a tube of fabric, turn it right side out, press flat and then sew along the edges to keep it nice and flat.

Then tuck ender the ends…

…..and place it along the side seam of the tote. (Making sure that the ends you just turned under are facing towards you so that you won’t be able to see them after you attach the strap.)

Sew into place.

Lastly, attach velcro to the flap and the tote.

And you’re done.

Don’t forget to stash your cords away…

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Heyyomomma says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I made this for our dual screen DVD player as well. They have 9inch screens.

    Here is a link to my blog with pictures…

  2. Jean says:

    I found your site when I googled – sewing with vinyl and then also found the tote. With an upcoming trip I was planning to make something for my iPad. I used your design and resized it for my iPad adding thicker batting for protection. Love it and thanks for such a wonderful blog!

  3. Allie says:

    Great tutorial! I came across this when I was searching for a good bag for our portable DVD players. I took your tutorial and ran with it a bit – lined it and added another divider and it turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration! I put some pictures of my finished product here –

  4. Nisha says:

    Ashly… It has been a while since I have been following your blogs. I simply love ur presentation and skill. In fact after I got my sewing machine.. I have searched the web for some good tuts….because I am compltely new to sewing. You were my inspiration to sew. It was ur tutorials that has given me the confidence to and adopt sewing as a hobby. THENKS A TON For all the lovely tuts. How I wish I was in Denver so that I could come to u personally and thank you.

  5. Amanda J says:

    Awesome! We got one of these two screen portable dvd players recently and I too wanted a protective bag for it so it wouldn’t get banged up / scratched up and would be easy to store and grab when needed! I tried making one on my own, but I’m a beginner sewer and it didn’t turn out well at all!!! This step by step tutorial is EXACTLY what I need!! So glad I stumbled upon your post here!! Thanks!!

  6. Clare Hudd says:

    Oh I absolutely LOVE that fabric . . . . where did you get it????? Could you please email me a link to

  7. Angela says:

    i am so gonna try this! but i may use it for a camera bag!!

  8. chasmyn says:

    I finally got photos of mine, after having taken it on the road for a trip – this is a fantastic tote, I cannot say it enough. It has everything we need in it! Mine is here:

  9. chasmyn says:

    Thank you for this! It is exactly what I am looking for to store our Portable DVD player when not in use. perfect!

  10. Alisha says:

    I have the same DVD player and was wondering what to do with it when it's not in use!
    I am wondering if you have the sizes for all the pieces that you used. I'm not good at figuring all that stuff out myself. :)
    p.s. I absolutely LOVE everything you make, you are incredibly talented!

  11. Denice says:

    Exactly what I need! You know what else would be neat? To make something besides the flimsy straps to hold it to the headrest of the car! Any ideas?????

  12. Sarah says:

    Thanks! I used this tutorial for both a camera and a portable DVD case!

  13. says:

    Wow, this is fabulous. I love it so much and can use this for so many things. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  14. bagfashionista says:

    i made it!! thanks so much for the tutorial!

  15. forChickyBaby says:

    You're ideas are amazing… I think I have used about everysingle one for my kids and house!! This bag is so cute!! I love it!! For your size tote, about how much fabric did you need? I can't wait to try this out!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing you have saved me tons of money!!!

  16. Emon. says:

    nicely done :)

  17. Rebekah says:

    this would also work for a mini laptop!! so cute!!!

  18. Simply Be Photo/Melissa says:

    Love this!

  19. ezeldabeth says:

    this is great, thanks for sharing…it is just what i needed, i need to make a bag for my kids' leapsters…i think this will adapt nicely! hope your move goes smoothly!

  20. Sarah says:

    Sooooo cute! I love it! I'm going to have to adapt this for other things, the possibilities are endless!!

    So, I'm so mad at myself. I read your blog through google reader and didn't realize you were closing your etsy shop while you move… I was going to pick up a tie pattern for my nephews for Christmas and missed it! If I hadn't put it off, I would be fine!

    Good luck with your move!!!!

  21. Meg says:

    Cute! This could totally work for a laptop, too!!

  22. Natalia says:

    I love this Ashley! I'm going to link to it on my blog

  23. Family Fun says:

    YES- I have been needing one of these so badly. Thank you Ashley you are so SMART! I will miss you hope you have a great trip.

  24. Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" says:

    My husband would love this (in a different pattern of course!). Thank you for posting the tutorial.

  25. GailM. says:

    That is such a nice tutorial. I carry a netbook and I never thought of putting a nice little pocket on the outside of the bag for the cords. Sweet. Thanks for sharing.

  26. KCC and Dalling Family! says:

    Wow. How talented are you to just come up with that! So great. We have a double player too, SOO nice! One question – would it be easier to sew on the velcro before sewing it all together? It just seems like it might be tricky getting your machine around in a tight space…but maybe it isn't so bad. Good luck with the move! Best wishes!

  27. Becca says:

    Well, I think I will try that!

  28. Christy says:

    Love it, love it, love it! Thanks so much for this!

  29. Priscila says:

    this is amazing@! you are so talented
    Come check out my blog when you have a second! I have a really fun giveaway going on and a new one every monday! So be sure to follow me :)

  30. Katie says:

    So cool (and pretty)! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Danny & Crystal says:

    Awesome job Ashley! You are always so creative & everything always turns out so cute! Good luck with the cross-country move & enjoy your warmer weather!

  32. Scrappy Gifts says:

    awesome…those portable DVD players are a must have with kids or even for yourself on long car rides. I'll have to remember this bag when we get a one

  33. Laree says:

    I literally just this morning decided I needed to make a case for our new player. I was so excited to see this in my reader! Thanks a million!

  34. Jessabells says:

    The bag looks great. You definitely will need that portable dvd player for the drive. Best of luck with the move.

  35. Monika says:

    How adorable! I might make one just because it's so darn cute!

  36. Mom's Place says:

    Awesome! Thank you so much for this tutorial! We have a portable with an extra screen and I've been needing something along these lines!

  37. Sandee says:

    um, ashley… you rock! i almost want to go buy a portable dvd player just so i can make one of these lol.

  38. Jessica says:

    thanks for this! You always take the best pictures for your tutorials. Makes it so easy to follow!

  39. katevet says:

    great! I love it. will try that soon. thank you.

  40. The Weathered Cottage says:

    ahhh! that is amazing! thank you for sharing. I always love your ideas!

  41. Emily says:

    So stinkin' cute. That would work for a diaper bag, too!

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