We see belt bags all over the place on those webseites… You know the ones I’m talking about. So I decided that I would create this pattern so that I could personalize, do some fussy cutting and use pretty fabrics and make a belt bag that Amelia would most probably keep for herself.
It’s time to get creative so gather your supplies and tools!
- 1/4 yard of cotton fabric for the main (outside fabric)
- 1/2 yard of cotton fabric for the lining
- 1/2 yard HeatNbond Medium non-woven fusible interfacing
- 1/4 yard HeatNbond Fusible Fleece
- (1) 16″ zipper
- (1) 8″ zipper
- Coordinating thread
- 1.5 yards of 1.5″ nylon webbing for the strap
- (1) 1.5″ plastic tri-glide slider
- (1) 1.5″ plastic buckle clip
- PDF template Belt Bag for Therm O Web
The fabrics I used was Dwell in Possibility by Gingiber for Moda Fabrics
- Iron & ironing board
- Rotaty cutter
- Self-healing mat
- Sewing machine
- Soluble fabric maker
1. Print out the PDF template and cut out all the layers required in making this bag, including HeatNbond Fusible Fleece and HeatNbond non-woven interfacing. All the cutting requirements are available in the downloadable PDF Belt Bag for Therm O Web. Be sure to transfer markings from the template to the pattern using a soluble fabric marker.
TIP: Pay attention to the print on your fabric, does it have a direction or is it a tossed print? This is also where you might want to try to fussy cut to best show off what you like most about the print or to center your print so that your finished product doesn’t look off balance.
2. Fuse the Fusible Fleece to the main fabric (the outside fabric) and fuse the interfacing to the lining according to manufacturer’s instructions. Only one inside Pocket piece will have non-woven inerfacing applied to the wrong side of it and only 2 of the 3 lining pieces will have the non-woven interfacing applied to them.
3. Pin or clip the two pocket pieces with right sides together and stitch along the top straight edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open, then fold at the seam so that the right sides are out. Top stitch 1/8″ away from the top edge.
4. Clip the pocket to one of the lining pieces with the interfacing matching the bottom notch and edges, and baste a little less than 1/4″ away from the edge on the three side. Set aside while we work on the back main pieces.
5, Lay the zipper tape on the Back Top Main Fabric piece with right sides together. Lay the Back Top Lining piece wrong side up. sandwiching the zipper tape. Clip in place matching up the raw edge along the zipper tape and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Flip open so that the zipper is to one side and the fabrics are to the other side with wrong sides together. Top sitch the fabric 1/8″ away from the edge along with the zipper tape.
6. Repeat step 5 for the Bottom Back pieces.
7. Lay the lining WITHOUT interfacing with right side up and lay the back piece with zipper over it with right side up. Match the notches and raw edges and baste along the perimeter of the back pieces.
8. Cut away a 4″ piece of the webbing and insert it into one side of the buckle to form a loop. Baste the webbing with the buckle into place about 1″ from the top edge. Stitch the webbing close to the buckle.
9. Stitch the other part of the webbing to the other side of the bag. Make sure the two straps are at the same height. insert the strap through the slider, throught the buckle and again through the back of the slider. From a loop and stitch as closely as you can to the slider.
10. Lay the zipper on the Main top strip, stitch into place using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Open the seam and top stitch on the fabric side 1/8″ away from the edge.
11. Repeat the process with the other side.
12. Match the short edges of the top strip to the short edges of the bottom strip. Stitch together at both sides to form a loop. Trim the zipper if needed.
13. Top stitch with the seam going towards the Bottom Strip. Make sure to mark your half way points on the strips to be able to match notches.
14. Match the Back Bag piece with the zipper pocket to the straight edge of the Zipper Strip and the Bottom Strip. The curved side will be for the Front Piece. Stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
15. Open up the top zipper part way because you will need this opening to turn your work right side out. Match the Front bag piece to the top and bottom strip making sure to tuck in the nylon strp. Turn your work right side out and press the seams flat where possible.
LINING AND FINAL ASSEMBLY:
16. Press the Top Strip with a 1/4″ fold along the long egde and repeat this step for the irregular shapped Top Strip along the long straight edge. This will help you in the final assembly.
17. Assemble the Lining much like the Main Bag. Keep in mind that you want the inside pocket to be at the front of the bag in the insdie.
18. Insert the lining into the main bag. Clip into place and hand sew the lining in place using a ladder stitch.
You’re done! It’s the perfect size for your keys, a card holder and your phone… you’re ready for your next adventure!
Thanks for joining me and I hope I’ve inspired you to create a new belt bag for the little things you need while on the go. If you liked this project please let me know by posting a comment. And don’t forget to stop by my Instagram and say HI!