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I love this Hip Bag tutorial

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I love this Hip Bag tutorial

I LOVE this hip bag. My daughter needed a way to carry her phone, money, and school necessities. She said that she wanted a hip bag or a belt bag and described a pocket with a belt loop. I went online and looked at a few pictures to see if I could make something close to what she wanted. A lot of the belt loop stuff was made to snap over the belt or hook on to the loops like a fanny pack. Many of the pictures looked to small for her needs so I made my own pattern.

I think I will make theses for Christmas gifts this year. (I like this project that much.)

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Materials:
A fat quarter of fabric worked for the size I needed.
1 Button
1 pack of double fold bias binding. I used a scrap piece.
Basic sewing supplies.
To make the pattern
I drew the pattern on the folded piece of fabric. If you plan to make a bunch for gifts draw the pattern on paper.
I used keys and a phone to estimate my measurements. I used a clear ruler to judge size.

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I used a 6.5″ ruler for the base. Chalk worked great for marking on the dark fabric.

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I used a ruler (One of the Kiddo’s old school rulers) and marked 6″ up from the base. I drew a curve for the top .5″ to 1″.
This part is the strap with the button-hole.

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Use the 6.5″ ruler for the front base.

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Step 1
Cut out the pieces and pin them right sides together.

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Curve the lower/bottom edges. (It is not necessary but I think it looks better.)

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Step 2
Stitch the base with handle right sides together. Then sew the front base together the same way. Remember to leave an opening for turning.

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I used a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Step 3
Notch the curves and trim the corners to make turning out easier.

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Step 4
Turn out the pieces and carefully press the corners and curves out. I used a chop stick to press the handle out.

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Iron the pieces flat. Turn the opening edges in and iron the seam.

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Step 5
Pin the pocket together. Make sure the top corners match up.

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Remember the pocket stays open. Do not sew.

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Sew carefully around the edge. 1/4″ to 1/8″ seam allowance.

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Iron the bag flat.

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Step 6
You have a few options at this point.
Option 1
The pocket looks great as is. You could run a zig-zag stitch around the edge to keep it secure.

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Option 2
Turn the bag seam side in and iron. Top stitch for extra security.

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Option 3
Bias Binding.
This is the option I chose.
I think the bias binding looks clean and adds a nice detail to the bag. I used a thin binding because I had a scrap in black that was long enough. I think a green binding would look great too.

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Pin and sew the binding. I sew one side then fold the binding over and sew again. I know some people who sew both sides at once.

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You can add the binding along the top. I just chose not to do it.

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Step 7
Choose your button and decide on placement.

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Sew the button-hole. I used a bright light green thread to match the polka-dots.

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Sew the button on.

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Load the pocket with your goodies and hook to your belt loop or to your purse strap.

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How to …
Decide on the belt loop and slide the strap through.

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Button in place and go.
This one is actually made for the left side. I have to make a new one to go on her right side. (I did not know that she had a particular side in mind when I made it.)
It works great on a purse handle for the stuff you do not want to dig through your purse to find. When I make one for myself I will make it just for my phone and line it with batting.

What top 3 things do you always carry?

Update:

I added a strip of Velcro to close the bag. The Kiddo was afraid her phone might fall out.

 

Wishing you Luck and Love,

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2 thoughts on “I love this Hip Bag tutorial

  1. Very clever. I’ll have to share this with some of my craftier friends. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with the #homematterparty this weekend. We love having you.

    1. Thanks so very much for the visit and the party. If anyone tries the project I’d love to see the final product. 🙂

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