I ride my bike a lot. And I like to have my arms free, while keeping my valuables close to me (instead of having them in my bike basket). So I decided it’s time to bring the fannypack back into style!
I made myself a fun pouch using fabric scraps from my stash and some fusible interfacing. Here’s a rough step-by-step tutorial!
You will need:
- 2 pieces of fabric approximately 14″ by 20″ (one for the inside of the fanny pack, one for the outside)
- an 8″ square for the pocket.
- 1 yard of strap
- 1 buckle
- 1 12″ nylon zipper.
- about a 1/2 metre of medium weight fusible interfacing
Here are the template pieces that I used. You can find a PDF of the templates here: FannyPack templates. Piece #1 is the back piece of the pouch, piece #2 is the front and piece #3 is the pocket.
You will need to cut 2 of pattern piece #1: one of the inside fabric and one of the outside fabric.
You will need to cut 2 of pattern piece #2: one of the inside fabric and one of the outside fabric.
You will just need 1 of pattern piece #3, which is the pocket piece.
Fuse a matching piece of fusible interfacing to the back of each fabric piece.
Fold the pocket in half, right sides together, matching the curved edges (these will align with the bottom of the pouch piece). Sew along both short edges, leaving the curved edge open.
Trim the corners, flip it right side out, and iron it flat. Topstitch along the top edge of the pocket (I forgot to do that on mine, but wish I did!)
Next, align the pocket piece on your inside back piece, as in the photo below. Sew along both side edges of you pocket, right through the 2 pieces. Leave the top of the pocket open!
Put your 2 back pieces together (pattern piece #1), with wrong sides facing and zig zag stitch around the edges. Do the same with your smaller template piece. The result will be just two double-sided pieces to work with.
Next, you will add the zipper to the top edge of pattern piece #1. I’ve put a large version of this image, because it is important to see how to align your zipper so that it will work properly when you unfold the seam! It’s much easier to sew if your zipper is open.
Unfold the zipper seam and topstitch it in place, just like the photo below:
Before securing the other side of the zipper, determine the centre of the zipper as well as the centre of the smaller pattern piece. Do this by folding the pieces in half and marking on the fold.
Unfold the second zipper seam and topstitch in place.
Close the zipper and fold the whole thing in half, right sides together, matching the bottom edge of the pouch. Place the straps in between the two layers of fabric, leaving them poking out the edge about 1/4″. Pin the sides of the bag with the straps in place, then reach in and open the zipper before pinning the bottom edge of the pouch. I found it helpful to pull the loose ends of the straps through the opening of the zipper, so they didn’t get in the way. Sew all the way around the 3 edges with a straight stitch and then again just outside of this seam with a zig zag stitch. Sew over the part with the straps multiple times for security. Trim the edges.
Turn it right side out, add the buckle, and TA-DA!!