I made a fanny pack! No, we haven't traveled back in time to the 80's. This isn't the same fanny pack you remember; it's modern and cool. Or maybe I've reached the age where fanny packs are cool? I was planning a day trip with the kids and wanted to be hands-free for the day. I love purses but I really didn't want to have to worry about my purse on my shoulder or cross-body all day, so I whipped this one up. I received this pattern as part of my prize pack from the Bag of the Month last year. It's the Sew Sweetness Beatnik Waist Bag.
The pattern is for a small bag to be worn around the waist. It has 2 front pockets with flaps, a divided interior pocket, and a zippered pocket at the bag. The main compartment is secured with a zipper.
I didn't veer too much from the pattern. I omitted the back zipper to save a bit of time (I decided very last minute to make the bag.) I also used magnetic snaps instead of regular snaps, because I wanted to display some images from the prints I used.
After using it all day, I wholeheartedly recommend this pattern. I really loved having my hands and shoulders free and still having my essentials with me. Next time, I might add some card slots inside, but they fit perfectly in the front pockets, so the slots really aren't necessary.
Thankfully I had everything I needed on hand. You just need a side release buckle and a slide. Because I did mine last-minute, I just used a black buckle, but next time I think I'll use a coloured buckle, like the kind Sara sells. In a pinch, you could also use a D ring and a swivel clip with a slide.
I used Libs Elliott's True Love fabric for this bag. I thought the splatter print was a bit of a throwback to this 80's inspired style. The entire line was available at Sitka Fabrics, but some prints are starting to sell out, so don't wait too long to grab some for yourself.
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Hi! I'm Reece and I love to sew! I'm also a mom and a wife. I love being crafty and sharing tips.
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