Looking for a way to minimize what you carry during activities outside your home? Want a small bag that can be worn more than one way? This is an EDC waist bag project review.
The link to the Learn MYOG Every Day Fanny Pack free tutorial is:
(Other patterns and tutorials are available.)
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.
Waist Bags are also known as “fanny packs”, “bum bags”, “chest bags” and “belt bags”, depending upon how they are worn. Rectangular prisms and spherical wedges are common shapes for waist bags and adjustable straps mean they may be worn around the waist, across the chest or cross body.
EDC or “Every Day Carry” refers to the collection of things [https://everydaycarry.com/what-is-edc-everyday-carry-guide] that a person carries with them on a daily basis. The list of essential items on a person’s edc list will vary according to the person and the type of activities he/she/they are involved in. Common edc items for most people include their phones, identification, credit/debit card and keys. The Learn MYOG Every Day Fanny Pack is 9” wide by 5” high by 3” deep (22.9 cm wide by 12.7 cm high by 7.5 cm deep) and has a volume of 135 cubic inches (2.2 litres).
Step 0 Gather Materials
Cordura, Ripstop,Gridstop, X-Pack, mesh and cotton are recommended for this project. Several weights (denier) of coated waterproof and water resistant, nylon and polyester fabrics may be substituted for Cordura, Ripstop,Gridstop, and X-Pack. Waxed cotton is another option for a waterproof or water resistant exterior. I used a piece of acrylic canvas that I found in the remnant bin of my local fabric shop for the exterior and a piece of Ripstop for my inner pocket. You’ll also need zippers, webbing, and a buckle.
Step 1 Gusset
I followed the instructions but misunderstood that the gusset was not be be sewn into a loop. My narrow zipper foot made it easy to sew my gusset zipper. I used a zipper with two sliders instead of a zipper with one slider.
Step 3 Front
I sewed my front according to the instructions. My narrow zipper foot came in handy again.
Step 4 Back
I used a ¼” double fold for my pocket hem and a 1/8” seam allowance to baste the pocket and back panel together.
Step 5 Wing
I sewed the wings according to the directions.
Step 6 Assembly
I sewed my gusset into a loop at step 1 so I marked the middle of each side of my gusset and matched it to the middle of each side of my back panel.
It took a few attempts to distribute the gusset around my front panel and I used a lot of quilting clips.
The tutorial mentions different options for securing the webbing to the wings and I choose an x-box stitch. Use thread that matches your fabric if you want your stitches to be less noticeable.
Instead of adding a seam binding, I sewed a zigzag stitch over the raw edges.
Here are some photos of my finished EDC Waist Bag:
The Learn MYOG Every Day Fanny is a quick and easy beginner project. Sewing zippers, and working with curves may be challenging for some new sewers. Fortunately this waist pack is unlined and the zippers are sew along straight edges. My Learn MYOG Every Day Fanny Pack is 9” wide by 5” high by 3” deep (22.9 cm wide by 12.7 cm high by 7.5 cm deep) which is the estimated size.
My waist pack easily holds my smartphone, identification, credit/debit card and keys and has lots of room for other items. If I sew another, I’ll use zippers with two sliders for both zippers.
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