How to Make a Clip on Waist Bag

How to Make a clip on waist bag

Hands free is what it is all about these days.  This bag is all about hands free. It clips onto your belt loops and makes the perfect clip on waist bag for days out.  You can put your phone and a few essentials in this bag and just head off for the day.  This bag is a fun and functional sewing project for the advanced beginner.  It has two zippers so it is a good way to expand your sewing skills if you are not already an accomplished sewist with zippers.  The zipper construction is not difficult so long as you follow the steps.  Just pull out your zipper foot and it will be easy to do.  This is also a great bag making project for those of you who are starting out in bag making. If you would like more bag making projects check out my other bag making tutorials.   

I used a combination of cotton and denim for my project because that is what I had on hand.  I thought about using all denim but I thought the bulk would be too much for this small bag.  The fabrics that I used were in my stash and were remnants that came from JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores but you could head to Hobby Lobby, Fabric.Com or Online Fabricstore.net to get exactly what you need for your clip on waist bag.  This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. 

What you will Need: How to Make a Clip on Waist Bag

Step 1: Cut your Fabric

Materials Outer layer ( fabric )

  • 1 8¼″ × 4⅜″
  • 1 8¼″ × 5¾″

Lining ( fabric )

  • 2 8¼″ × 1¾″ (One of these will be used for the outer bag)
  • 1 8¼″ × 4⅜″
  • 3 8¼″ × 5¾″
  • 2 2½″ × 2″
  • 8 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces for zipper tabs


  • 1 8¼″ × 4⅜″
  • 1 8¼″ × 1 3/4″
  • 1 8¼″ × 5¾″
Cut your fabrics

Step 2: Fuse the Interfacing

Fuse the interfacing to the corresponding outer pieces.

Fuse the interfacing

Step 3: Round the Corners

Take the 8¼″ × 4⅜″ piece and round the bottom corners.  It is best to fold the pieces in half and round both corners at the same time so that they are even.  Do the same for the matching lining piece.  Repeat this process for the 8¼″ × 5¾″ outer piece and corresponding lining pieces.

Round the corners

Step 4: Add the Zipper Tabs

Place two tab pieces right sides together on each end of the zippers sandwiching the zippers in between the tab pieces.  Stitch along the short edges.  Open the tab pieces and press. Both zippers should now have tabs.   

Added zipper Tabs

Step 5: Add the Front Zipper

Place the 8¼″ × 4⅜″ outer piece right sides up on your work surface.  Place the zipper right sides down on the outer piece.  Lay the corresponding lining piece right sides down on top of the zipper making a zipper sandwich.  Stitch through all three layers.  Expose the zipper by opening up the fabrics and press.  Place one of the 8¼″ × 1¾” pieces right sides up on your work surface.  Lay the other side of the zipper on top and the other 8¼″ × 1¾ right sides down on top of the zipper and stitch.  Topstitch along both sides of the zipper.  

Add the front zipper
Front zipper
Add top part to front zipper
Finished froint zipper

Step 6: Add the Lining 

Place the wrong side of the zipper piece onto the right side of one of the 8¼″ × 5¾″ lining pieces and stitch all the way around to secure.  This creates the zipper pocket.

Add zipper front to lining

Step 7: Create the Swivel Clip Tabs

Take the 2½″ × 2″ and fold the long edges toward the center and press.  Fold in half to enclose the raw edges and press. Stitch along both sides.

Create the tabs

Step 8: Add the Swivel Clips to your Waist Bag

Place the tabs through the swivel clips. Place the tabs on the outer bag piece that measures 8¼″ × 5¾″ about 1/4 of the way down on each side and stitch.

Add the swivel clips

Step 9: Add the Outer Zipper to your Waist Bag

Lay the zipper pocket right sides up on your work surface. Place the zipper right sides down on the zipper pocket.  Take one of the 8¼″ × 5¾″ lining pieces on top of the zipper and stitch the zipper using your zipper foot. Expose the zipper.  Place final 8¼″ × 5¾″ lining piece right sides up on your work space. Lay the zipper right sides up on the lining piece.  Place the outer 8¼″ × 5¾″ right sides down on the zipper and stitch.  Topstitch on both sides of the zipper. 

Add lining piece
Add the outer piece
Finished zippers

Step 10: Stitch the Waist Bag

Place the lining sides right sides together and the outer sides right sides together with the zipper in the middle making sure that the zipper is open.  Stitch all the way around but leaving an opening in the lining for turning.

Seperate outer pieces from lining pieces

Step 11: Turn the Waist Bag

Turn the bag through the opening in the lining and the opening in the zipper.  Stitch the opening closed and push the lining into the bag.  

Turn pouch
Finished pouch

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