Once you go hands-free it is impossible to go back! I love fanny packs especially when shopping and travelling. I have a huge Death Star purse and some days it is just too much. Embrace the freedom of having everything secured but not in the way! This pattern is the Beatnik Waist Bag from Sew Sweetness, the same pattern maker as the Park West Bag. This was a solid first attempt and I will definitely use it but I will change a few things next time!
This was an excellent skill builder for me. What drew me to this pattern after searching endlessly for fanny packs is the adjustable waist band, outside zipper pocket that faces the body, overall size, and the 2 outer pockets.
The waist band measurement says to measure your waist and use a chart for the length. My waist size was not on the chart but I deducted the measurement was -2″ from your waist. I should have used where I wanted the bag to sit, which is on my hip bones. The strap totally fits but I can’t gain any weight haha. Measure were you want the bag to sit!
I quilted the outside panels for stability. With the outer pockets you can’t really see the quilting on the front.
The other skill new to me was using a plastic slide. The clicky connector you use is called a side-release buckle and the plastic slide is to make the waist band adjustable. The pictures of how to install the plastic slide were not very clear to me so I am including a tutorial here! Like all hardware, the slide adds a lot to the finished bag!
WHAT I DID
The outside fabric is something I got while I was getting other fabric cut at a certain big box store. It was in the to-be-returned area and I inquired about it. It is thicker than regular cotton and maybe coated with something???? There was like a yard left on the bolt so I bought it. I think it is a Windham Fabric.
The inside lining fabric is Shibuya Mustard from Tokyo Train Ride by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel from Urban Spools. It is like I have a whole bunch of friends greeting me every time I open this bag!
The pattern calls for pearl snaps for the outer pockets but I used what I had on hand, which were heavy-duty snaps. This was a mistake because now I am afraid the powerful snaps will rips out if I actually try to use them. They look nice though! But you know, use the snaps that are recommended! I used this to show me how to put the snaps in.
Final verdict: I will use this bag but I would really like to make another one and add a credit card holder-style pocket to one of the inside lining panels, use a bigger seam allowance for sewing the lining together (there is a lot of bulk in there right now), and make the waist strap a little longer.