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EDC Neck Bag Project Review

Looking for a way to minimize what you carry during any activities outside your home? Want a bag that is as small as possible while still being useful? This is a Sewing Projects TV EDC neck bag project review.

The link to the Sewing Projects TV EDC Neck Bag free video tutorial is:

EDC Neck Bag

This project is for personal use only.

For the purposes of my review, I’m going to summarize the basic steps, tell you what I did differently (if anything) and share my general thoughts about sewing the project.


EDC or “Every Day Carry” refers to the collection of things that a person carries with them on a daily basis. The edc philosophy is built on the cornerstones of utility and preparedness so every edc component should serve a purpose or have a function. The list of essential items on a person’s edc list will vary according to the person and the type of activies he/she/they are involved in on a daily basis. Common edc items for most people include their phones, identification, credit/debit card and keys. This Sewing Project TV EDC neck bag is 7.5” high by 6.5” long (19 cm high by 16.5 cm long).

Step 0 Gather Materials

Cordura is recommended for this project. Several weights (denier) of coated waterproof and water resistant, nylon and polyester fabrics may be substituted for Cordura. Waxed cotton is another option. I used a piece of acrylic canvas that I found in the remnant bin of my local fabric shop. You’ll also need zippers, webbing, cord and either grosgrain ribbon or bias tape.

Step 1 Exterior Panel

Marking the wrong sides of my fabric pieces with their measurements made it easier to identify which pieces are used for which step. I followed the instructions in the video tutorial. I substituted ½” wide grosgrain ribbon for the 1/3” or ½” webbing that was shown in the video. My narrow zipper foot made it easier to sew on the zippers.

Re-enforcing zipper

Three pieces of fabric and two zippers will be used to sew two pockets.

Completed exterior panel
Step 2 Interior Panel

Three pieces of fabric and one zipper are used to sew one zippered pocket and one slip pocket. I followed the instructions in the video tutorial and made the same substitutions as before.

Completed interior panel
Step 3 Final Assembly

Sew your exterior and interior together with wrong sides together.

Pencils sticking out of the pockets

I used a shorter length of cord for my strap than recommended. Feel free to adjust your cord length to your proportions. Sew the ends of your cord to the interior panel then mark the four corner curves. I used a different curved object that what was suggested in the tutorial and cut larger curves. It’s down to personal preference and what objects you have on hand.

Draw corner curves

Binding the raw edges of your neck wallet is one of the last steps. I used grossgrain ribbon that looked similar to the ribbon used in the video tutorial. I had some trouble stretching it around the corners of my neck wallet.

Sew binding


Your EDC neck bag is now ready to use!

Here are some photos of my finished EDC neck bag:

Front of my finished EDC neck bag
Back of my finished EDC neck bag
Interior of my finished EDC neck bag

This Sewing Projects TV Every Day Carry Neck Bag is a quick and easy beginner project. Sewing zippers, working with curves and binding may be challenging for some new sewers. Fortunately this neck bag is unlined and the zippers are sew along straight edges. My Sewing Projects TV Every Day Carry Neck Bag is 7.3” high by 6.4” long (18.5 cm high by 16.2 cm long), which is just slightly smaller than the estimated size. I suspect trimming my panels to square resulted in this small discrepancy.

My neck bag holds my smartphone, identification, credit/debit card and keys and has room for other items. This neck bag reminds me of a travel neck wallet that I used to carry my passport and other essential items on an international trip several years ago. This flat and thin bag would also be suitable for anyone who wants to carry a small amount of small/flat items.

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