I finished a Sling Bag prototype and it’s amazing! Don’t you think my husband thinks so? he he he
This was the U-Pick Project that you voted for this month, and even though I plan to adjust the pattern a bit before I share it with you, I love how this first one turned out.
You can see the inspiration photo and the other possible contenders on our last U-Pick results page.
I was a little annoyed that all my kids insist on calling this a ‘fanny pack’ when I keep telling them that the new name for it is ‘sling bag.’ It’s become kind of a joke around our house.
The main change that I made to the pattern was I used 1 1/2’’ wide waistband elastic instead of webbing for the belt. I think it’s so much more comfortable that way.
In my last blog post, I mentioned leaving off the little flaps on the sides, and I got overwhelming feedback that you wanted them to stay on. So here they are!
Of course, if you don’t like the little ‘wings’ on the sides of your sling bag/fanny pack, you can leave them off and sew the belt part directly to the sides of the bag.
I put a second zipper compartment on the back of the bag and that is one of my favorite parts. I think I’ll use it as a secret place to keep money or event tickets - whatever I don’t want people to see when I open the roomier compartment in the front.
This bag is going to be so perfect for taking on vacation. I can totally see myself using it during cruise excursions and at theme parks.
My next version of this bag (the one that I’ll use to make a pattern for you) is going to be made using fabric and foam stabilizer quilted together, just like the techniques taught in my free Designer Zipper Bags Video Course. But you could substitute cork or soft vinyl fabric for the bag exterior if you don’t want to use fabric and foam stabilizer.
If you love that sparkly scales fabric as much as I do, you might be out of luck. I bought it at a pop up shop while on my Sew & Sail cruise and I haven’t been able to find the same thing online. Does anyone else know a source? If not, you might just have to come with me on my next cruise.
Here is where I got my plastic buckle and slider pieces (it came with 5 yards of webbing which I will probably use for something else).
As for changes to the design, I want to make my next bag about an inch less wide and about 1/2 inch taller.
You are going to love it!
I’ll write up the Sling Bag/Fanny Pack free pattern and tutorial as soon as I can. Sign up for my free newsletter so you don’t miss it!