Today I would like to show to you how to sew a fanny pack/waist bag. Contarary to appearances it is not very hard. To execute it you will need: about 50x40cm (20x16inches) of fabric, the same amount of heat activated adhesive interfacing, zip, carrier tape, side release buckle and a pattern (you can download it from here).
Let’s start with trimming elements from fabric and interfacing. You have to leave 1cm (0.4inch) allowance to the elements made of fabric , while interfacing elements have to be cut without it.
Next step is to iron interfacing to fabric, and we get elements like in the picture below:
It’s time for sewing. Let’s begin with connecting zip to the front of our waist bag. It should be done in the way shown in the photo below:
Alternating step is to indent corners like in the picture so that the fabric after tucking in those spaces wouldn’t stretch and for fanny pack to look aesthetically.
Next you should tuck indented wings of fabric on both ends of zip and pierce through like in the picture.
Another step is sewing on the top of our fanny pack.
Fasten the top part with the front of a waist bag using pins on the line of the zip.
Make seamline along the line of pins, after that you will get something that looks like something similar to the fanny pack.
Now it is time to sew along both edges of zipper in about 5mm (0.2 inch) distance. Those seams are supposed to prevent zip from coming out after unfastening the zip.
Following step is to sew on the back of waist pack. Fasten the top edge of a back in the way presented in the picture below. Keep the seam along line of fastening.
Connect parts in the bottom using exactly same technique.
Our fanny pack should look like this after putting it on the proper side:
Now we are going to sew on a carrier tape with buckle. Cut about 12-15cm (5-6 inches) of tape and put it on one of the buckle elements, like in the picture. Put ends of tape in one of gaps left in ends and sew on. Sew the remained part of the tape to the second end and put on the second element of the buckle.
Fanny pack has a tape and buckle sewn in.
The only thing left to do is to make two seams on both ends of fanny pack in the way shown in the picture and our sachet is going to be ready. Those connections are responsible for separating usable part from tape endings.
If you are not encouraged by this style maybe the rest of my work will convince you to try making it by yourself. Sewing pattern is available here. I’m encouraging you to download it. Have a nice fun!