Easy DIY Fanny Pack Pattern Tutorial

18 Materials
3 Hours

I made this fanny pack and matching coin purse from a heavy vest that I thrifted.

Before photo

The mixture of fabrics was perfect for what I had in mind, but any strong, firm fabric would work for this.

You’ll need two grommets or large eyelets and the correct size tools to insert them, which should come with the grommets.

I'm giving you a free DIY fanny pack pattern as well, so let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Free Fanny pack pattern 
  • Paper for pattern
  • Strong, firm fabric
  • Lining fabric
  • Batting
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Fabric marker
  • 2 x 8 inch (20 cm) zippers
  • 1 D ring
  • 3 lobster clasps
  • 1 slider adjuster
  • 2 grommets and fitting tool
  • Hammer
  • Pins
  • Stick glue
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Cutting pattern pieces

1. Cut pattern pieces

Cut one front, one upper front and one back piece from your main fabric and lining.

Transfer all the pattern markings to the fabric.


2. Quilting

Cut the main pattern pieces from the batting, leaving a generous allowance around the edges.

Pin or glue the batting to the fabric. 


Sew the batting to the fabric in straight lines, approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.

Trim off the excess batting. Repeat on the other two sections of the bag.

Assembling the bag front

3. Assemble the bag front

Pin and sew the front darts on the main bag and lining.

Assembling the bag front

Mark the position of the zipper on the wrong side of the lining, 1.2 inch (3 cm) from the top edge.

Assembling the bag front

Pin the front lining to the bag at the top, with the right sides together. Sew around the zipper marking.

Cut along the slit and into the corners. Push the lining through the slit.


Sew a zigzag across the top of the zipper tape.

Glue the right side of the zipper to the lining and sew in place on the right side.

Attaching bag top

4. Attach the bag top

Matching the center notches and with the right sides together pin and sew the upper front to the bag, leaving the lining free.

Snip the curve.

Attaching bag top

Attach the lining upper front to the lining front in the same way.

Joining the bag back

5. Join the bag back

Pin and sew the bag back to the bag with the right sides facing, matching the upper and lower notches.

Snip the curve and trim the excess fabric.

Repeat for the lining back, leaving an opening in the lower curve.

Pull the bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Sew the opening closed.

Attaching the strap

6. Attach the strap

Sew a row of stitches along the inside edge of the flaps at each side of the bag.

Add a grommet to each flap.

Strap pattern

Cut a strap 35 inches (90 cm) long and 3 inches (8 cm ) wide and a second strap 10 inches (25 cm) long and 3 inches (8 cm) wide.

Turn in a narrow hem along the long edges of the strap and press in place.

Fold the strap in half lengthways with the wrong sides together and top stitch along both long edges.

Attaching the strap

See the video from 10:35 to 11:50 for how to prepare and attach the straps.

DIYing coin purse

7. Coin purse

DIYing coin purse

Watch the video at 12:02 to 14:26 to see how I sew the coin purse.

DIYing keychain

8. Keychain

Cut one piece of fabric 4 inches (10 cm) square. Cut two strips 8 inches (20 cm) long and one strip 2 inches (5 cm) long.

DIYing keychain

Fold the square in half diagonally with the right sides together, and in half again.

DIYing keychain

Fold the longer strips in half.

Loop the shorter strip through the lobster clasp and place the open edges on top of the longer strips in line with the fold.

DIYing keychain

Place all the strips inside the point of the folded triangle and sew in place. 

DIYing keychain

Trim the excess and turn the triangle right side out.

Attach the keychain to the zipper tab.

DIY fanny pack

DIY fanny pack

DIY fanny pack

A fanny pack is a trendy accessory and this one is versatile as well.

You can wear it as a crossbody bag or around your waist. The straps are adjustable and will fit almost every size. 

DIY fanny pack

The coin purse is an optional extra but it makes the fanny pack even more practical.

Customize your bag and make it unique with the keychain. You can add beads and other attachments to the basic design I give here- whatever takes your fancy.

I hope you enjoy making your fanny pack DIY. I’d love to know what you think of it and see your versions of it.

Next, check out my post on How to DIY a Beginner-friendly Midi Skirt.

Suggested materials:
  • Free Fanny pack pattern
  • Paper for pattern
  • Strong, firm fabric
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