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.)
A fat quarter of fabric worked for the size I needed.
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.
I used a 6.5″ ruler for the base. Chalk worked great for marking on the dark fabric.
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.
Use the 6.5″ ruler for the front base.
Cut out the pieces and pin them right sides together.
Curve the lower/bottom edges. (It is not necessary but I think it looks better.)
Stitch the base with handle right sides together. Then sew the front base together the same way. Remember to leave an opening for turning.
I used a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Notch the curves and trim the corners to make turning out easier.
Turn out the pieces and carefully press the corners and curves out. I used a chop stick to press the handle out.
Iron the pieces flat. Turn the opening edges in and iron the seam.
Pin the pocket together. Make sure the top corners match up.
Remember the pocket stays open. Do not sew.
Sew carefully around the edge. 1/4″ to 1/8″ seam allowance.
Iron the bag flat.
You have a few options at this point.
The pocket looks great as is. You could run a zig-zag stitch around the edge to keep it secure.
Turn the bag seam side in and iron. Top stitch for extra security.
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.
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.
You can add the binding along the top. I just chose not to do it.
Choose your button and decide on placement.
Sew the button-hole. I used a bright light green thread to match the polka-dots.
Sew the button on.
Load the pocket with your goodies and hook to your belt loop or to your purse strap.
How to …
Decide on the belt loop and slide the strap through.
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?
I added a strip of Velcro to close the bag. The Kiddo was afraid her phone might fall out.
Wishing you Luck and Love,