Nicki LaFoille

Belt Bag

Nicki LaFoille
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Duration:   26  mins

Learn how to sew a bag that hangs off your belt or belt loops, to carry your essentials without having to carry a purse.

Download the Belt Bag Pattern

This belt bag is easier to sew and smaller than a fanny pack. The supplies for this project are minimal, requiring only scraps of fabric for the outer bag and lining, and one button.

In the Belt Bag pattern you will find a Back piece, a Front piece, and a Flap piece. From your outer fabric, cut one of each pattern piece. From the lining fabric, cut one of each pattern piece.

On each Front piece, fold the upper straight edge toward the wrong side by 3/8”. Then Nicki demonstrates how to attach each Front piece to the corresponding Back pieces. Then you will insert the lining pieces into the outer pieces, with right sides together, and stitch the upper curved edges, leaving the straight pressed edges unstitched, for turning right side out.

Notch the curves, or use pinking shears to trim the seam allowances, then turn the bag right side out through the opening and press. Nicki demonstrates how to topstitch the straight folded edges to close the opening.

The next step is to construct the Flap and topstitch the curved edge. Then center the flap on the Body, just above the pocket edge and topstitch the upper edge to secure it.

Nicki demonstrates how to mark the buttonhole placement, and how to stitch the buttonhole. The last step is to secure a button to the Body just above the Flap.

For more on sewing a buttonhole with or without a buttonhole foot, check out the video How to Use a Buttonhole Foot.

Looking for more bag or purse projects to sew? Check these out:
Fanny Pack Pattern
Coin Purse
Date Night Purse

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