How to Make a DIY Bum Bag: Pattern and Tutorial
I have an abundance of fat quarters that I have collected over time so I thought I would make something useful out of them. I decided to make a fanny pack that you can take anywhere. You can create this entire pack with two fat quarters, some 1″ strapping, a zipper and a parachute clip. If you don’t have fat quarters you can use remnants or any other fabric in your stash or you can head over to fabric.com or use this 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby and purchase everything you need. Here is my post on How to make a Diy Bum Bag: Pattern and Tutorial.
This is a flat pack that is suitable for a phone, some money and some ID but nothing more. If you would like a larger and fuller bag check out my tutorial on how to make a DIY Fanny Pack/Bum Bag it is exactly what you will need. 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.
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What you will Need:
- Pattern you can get here. Just click the link
- 2 fat quarters or remnants
- 1/4 yd. Pellon 808 interfacing
- 1″ webbing or strapping
- 9″ Zipper
- Parachute clip
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Cut your fabrics and fuse the interfacing
Cut out 2 pieces of outer fabric, two pieces of lining fabric and 2 pieces of interfacing from the pattern. Fuse the interfacing to the outer fabric pieces on the wrong side. If you are unfamiliar with fusible interfacing it is easy to attach. One side of the interfacing has a heat activated glue. Place the glue side to the wrong side of your fabric and press with a hot iron. The heat will activate the glue and the two pieces will fuse together so they can be treated as one.
Step 2: cut the pocket and fuse the interfacing
Cut a 10″ x 11″ rectangle of lining fabric and interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the lining fabric.
Step 3: create the zipper opening
Place the rectangle of fabric to one of the outer pieces centered and right sides together and pin or clip. Measure down 1.5″ from the top and draw a line horizontally that measures 9″. Measure down 3/8″ and draw a second line. Join the two lines so that you have created a box. Inside the box center a third line that is 8″ long. Add two lines going from the end of the line to the corners to form a triangle on each end. Sew a line around the box.
Step 4: add the zipper
Using a seam ripper and a small pair of scissors cut the 8″ line and the lines making the triangle without cutting through the stitching. Push the square through the opening you just made and press. Insert the zipper inside the box and sew around the edge. You can also follow my tutorial on how to install a zippered pocket. Fold up the square so that the bottom lines up with the top of the pack. Trace around the pack. Sew 1/4″ inside the line you just traced. Cut off the excess around the stitching so that the pocket mirrors the shape of the pack.
Step 5: Create the bag
Place the outer pieces right sides together and sew around the bottom. Leave the top and the sides open. Turn right side out.
Step 6: Create the lining
Place the two lining pieces right sides together and sew around the bottom leaving an opening for turning. Leave the sides and top open.
Step 8: Add he lining
Place the outer bag into the lining bag so that they are right sides together. Sew around the top edges but leave the sides open. Turn the bag through the opening you left in the lining. Sew the opening closed.
Step 9: Add the strapping
Add the strapping to each side of the bag turning the raw edges under. Stitch across the strapping and the folded edges. Stitch across the top to close it up. You will notice that I used clips to hold the top together before sewing. I like this method better than pins for this project. If you don’t have these clips you can purchase them at Amazon using this link.
Step 10: Add the Parachute clips
Add the parachute clip to each end of the strapping and sew the lining closed using ladder stitch. Your DIY Fanny pack is now complete.
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