I have been wanting to make a fanny pack for years, and I finally did!
This is a classic fanny pack with a curved top flap. It’s what I always picture in my head when I think of a fanny pack. I made several different patterns before I settled on this one, and it was by far my favorite. It is fully lined, so no raw edges! But you could definitely make it with a single layer if you wanted to.
The waistband is also adjustable.
Since the zipper is on a curve, there is a bit of difficulty, probably a 5/10. If you aren’t as comfortable sewing zippers and think this might be a bit much for you, don’t worry! My next tutorial is a flat fanny pack and the zipper installation is much easier.
The dimensions of the fanny pack are approximately 13.5 inches side to side, 4 inches tall, and the top flap is about 2.5 inches deep. It tapers to a point at the bottom.
Here is the free pattern & my video instructions!
Some viewers expressed that they had a hard time printing the top piece of the pattern. If that is the case for you, below is an alternate printable version.
- 1/4 yard main exterior fabric
- 1/4 yard lining
- 1/2 yard of 20″ wide woven interfacing (optional)
- 14 inch zipper
- One side release clasp 1 inch wide
- One tri-glide slider 1 inch wide
- 3/4 yard or more of 1 inch wide strapping (adjustable approximately 28 – 34 inches)
- You will need more strapping for larger waistbands.
Adjusting the length of the straps:
- Need help adjusting the size of the strapping? Here is an formula that may help you get a rough estimate of the length needed.
- First, I like to choose the length of the short strap. This is the side that is not adjustable. I usually like this strap to reach to my center back. After selecting that length you can use the formula to find the length of the long strap.
- You can guess and check until you find a long length that works, or for those of you who love algebra like I do, choose a minimum or maximum circumference and then solve for L.
- Let L = Long strap length, Let S = Short strap length
Minimum Circumference = 13.5 + S +((L – 5)÷2)
Maximum Circumference = 13.5 + S + (L – 5)
The Fanny Pack:
You can use different fabrics for the fanny pack.
Canvas and denim are great for the exterior. You can even use regular cotton fabric, but I do recommend interfacing. I used SF101, but a fusible fleece would probably work good as well.
You can use top stitching as a decorative element and to add stability to the bag.
On my denim bag I used contrasting thread so the top stitching would stand out, and two rows on the sides to give it more of a “jeans” feel.
Keep an eye out for my next tutorial and I’ll show you how to make a different style of fanny pack!