Free PDF belt bag pattern + sewing tutorial

Hi sewing friends! The pattern drafting journey in my life continues and I would like to share with you my newest free PDF pattern!!! This time I had created little belt bag that can be worn on your hip by inserting your own belt into the bag loop. It is big enough to hold a phone and a small wallet and includes a magnetic closure!

I made this sample in a faux leather fabric that was soft and slightly stretchy, but you can use any fabric you want as long as it is medium weight or has some stability. This is super fun project, that would be great for anyone who is new to bag making and would like to slowly dip their toes without  being overwhelmed.

 

Supplies needed to make this bag include:

main fabric

lining fabric

interfacing (optional)

magnetic snap x1

Belt Bag pattern PDF

 

Sewing tutorial

 

First step is to cut out all pattern pieces:

  • Belt bag front x 1 main fabric, lining and interfacing (optional)
  • Belt bag back x 1 main fabric, lining and interfacing (optional)
  • Belt bag flap x2 main fabric, interfacing (optional)
  • loop x2
  • 1″ square of felt (or similar) x2

TIP: if you are using faux leather, vinyl or leather fabric do not use pins, but trace the pattern onto the fabric before cutting.

Transfer all marking including darts and magnetic closure placement.

(Optional) Interface your main and/or lining fabric. TIP: cut out all darts from interfacing before attaching, to reduce bulk. I decided to interface front and back main and lining pieces  as well as one flap piece. I used lighter weight interfacing on main fabric and medium weight fusible interfacing on lining fabric and flap.

Attaching magnetic snap ( include: female & male snap plus 2 x washers)to front and a flap pieces.

Using washer mark both slits lines on the wrong side of front bag piece (main fabric) and felt square.

 

Cut the slits on both front and square.

Take female snap piece and insert it from the right side of the fabric into cut slits through both main fabric and felt square. The felt is used here to stabilize and reinforce the magnetic closure from ripping the main fabric during use.

Place washer on top, bend prongs outward and trim the felt around.

Follow the same steps to insert male snap to the interfaced flap piece.

 

Sew darts on both main and lining fabric.

With right sides together sew flap pieces around the curve using 1 cm seam allowance. Trim the seam in half, turn the flap inside out and press the seam (if you can).

Top-stitch the flap 7mm from the edge.

With right sides together sew one longer edge of loop and open the seam. Fold both shorter ends 1cm and top-stitch in place 7mm from the edge. Fold it in half and baste stitch the raw edge within 1 cm of seam allowance.

With right sides together place front and back bag pieces and sew it around the curve using 1 cm seam allowance. Repeat for lining pieces.

Turn the main fabric inside out and press the seam.

Next take loop piece and place it on the right side of belt bag back and baste it within 1 cm of seam allowance.

Take bag flap and with magnetic snap facing upwards place it on top of bag loop. Stitch in place withing 1 cm of seam allowance.

Insert main bag into a lining bag so the right sides are together. Sew around the bag opening leaving a 5-7 cm hole to allow for bag to be turned over.

Turn the bag through the hole and close the opening with a slip stitch. Give your new bag a press ( if needed) and enjoy it!!!

This is it. You can make this little belt bag in a matter of few hours! Explore the options of choosing different fabrics and colors and let me know what you think.

Monika xxx

Free peg bag pattern + sewing tutorial

Hi sewing friends! Today is a very exciting day for me because I am bringing to you a new sewing project with my very first PDF pattern. A while ago I made this lovely peg basket/bag while trying out a free motion embroidery on my sewing machine and though it would be nice to share the pattern with you. It took some time to create it as I had never done a digital pattern before, but here it is if you are interested. Be kind, because it is not perfect, but nevertheless I am happy to share it with you. I had taken few photos during the sewing process to give you a little guidance in case you are new to sewing or just like to follow an instruction.

Peg Bag pattern PDF

What you need:

Main and lining fabric 70 x 40 cm

Interfacing / felt / batting (or similar) 70 x 40 cm

Bias binding 2 meters

Velcro tape 6 cm

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Sewing tutorial

Depending on fabric of your choice and how rigid you would like your bag to be you need to either interface the main fabric with same fusible interfacing or you can insert a felt or batting between the main fabric and the lining ad stitch it all together in a desired way. You can see my attempt at free motion embroidery looks a bit silly up close, but it also gives my bag some character.

TIP: it is easier to quilt through all layers of fabric in smaller chunks. I placed the individual pattern piece and roughly marked it on the fabric, next step is to embroider it following by cutting out each pattern piece on the end. This way you make sure that all pieces are nice and neat and the pattern does not shrink in case the fabric shift a bit.

Edge bind the top of front and back pieces.

Gather the front bag panel to match the width between notches on the side panel.

Facing wrong sides together pin front to the side panel using notches placement as a guideline.

Stitch it in place using 1 cm seam allowance starting and ending 1 cm at the ends.

Clip the side panel as close to the end of a stitch line (this helps with sewing around the corners).

Continue pinning the side panel around the front and stitch it together.

Bias bind together raw edge starting at one end of the side panel and ending on the other side.

Follow the same procedure (except gathering) for the back bag piece, pinning all around and stitching in place using 1 cm seam allowance.

Remember to clip it at the corners.

Bind the edge with bias tape as before.

Lastly finish of the short ends of side panel using bias binding. Attach binding onto one side, fold inwards both ends of bias tape, fold the tape over the raw edge, pin it and top stitch throughout all layers.

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Cut Velcro into 3 cm wide strips and stitch it to both ends of side panel.

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Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Let me know if you planning to make this bag . I had fun drafting this pattern and may do more in the future 🙂

~Happy sewing!~

Monika xxx