Sew Your Own Kid's Hip Pouch or Fanny Pack for Boys or Girls

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    Materials List and Cutting Information

    Free pattern and directions to sew a Kid's Hip Pouch or Fanny Pack for Boys or Girls
    Kid's Hip Pouch or Fanny Pack for Boys or Girls. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    This is a great way for the kids to carry their own money and at the same time, it is securely attached to them so it won't be left behind on a ride or store shelf. Make this same fanny pack for a grown up and they have a great place to hold their camera, extra batteries or necessities for the day.


    • 1/4 yard of 45" wide fabric (this will make 2 pouches)
    • 1/2 yard of craft weight interfacing.
    • Zipper - 9" or longer (You can shorten a zipper using these instructions) I prefer a...MORE large tooth and large pull zipper when I am sewing something for a child because it is easier for their little fingers and less likely to jam and end up breaking. (Learn more about Types of Zippers)
    • Thread to match your fabric. Choosing Thread Color
    • Webbing or Belting straps - 1" by the waist measurement plus 12" (If you are not sure of the waist measurement, take a look at pattern waist measurements and allow a bit extra.) Webbing Information to Sew Straps on Bags & Totes  | Webbing Sources to Find the Color, Weight, Width, Fibers
    • Buckle- such as Dritz® Quick Release Clip (Dritz Quick Release Clip or Strapworks Non-Slip Buckle-Fits 1" Strappingat

    Cutting and Prepping:

    • Cut two pieces of fabric 9" by 11"
    • Cut four pieces of craft weight interfacing 9" by 11"
    • Fuse two pieces of the interfacing to the wrong side of each piece of fabric.
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    Zipper 1

    Step 1 of sewing in the zipper on a kids fanny pack
    Zipper Step 1. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Place the right side of the zipper down on the right side of the fabric, on a 9" edge aligning the edge of the zipper tape with the edge of the fabric.
    • Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the zipper to the fabric.
    • Bring the right side of the other 9" edge to the right side of the zipper and repeat to attach the zipper to that edge of the fabric, creating a tube.
    • Press the seam allowances away from the zipper teeth.
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    Zipper 2

    Step two if sewing in the zipper of a kids fanny pack
    Zipper - Step 2. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Sandwich the attached zipper with the unattached piece of fabric, placing the zipper tape on the right side of the second piece of fabric and aligning the 9" edge.
    • Sew the second piece of fabric to the zipper tape using the same 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Press the fabric back away from the zipper teeth.
    • Press under 1/4" on the opposite 9" edge of the second piece of fabric.
    • Bring the pressed under edge to the zipper and pin or baste in place so that the pressed edge is lined up with the...MORE stitching line of the zipper.
    • Stitch along the edge of the fabric to hold the fabric back from the zipper. It is necessary to stitch with the zipper open, stitching as much of the edge as possible and then stitching from the ends lining up the centered stitching.
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    Attaching the Strap

    Attaching the Strap. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Turn the tube right side out. (Opening the zipper and turning through the zipper opening may be the easiest depending on the thickness of your fabric.)
    • Place the tube flat with the zipper at the top.
    • Measure 3" down on each edge and mark.
    • Cut one piece of strap 7" long.
    • Place one part of the buckle on the 7" piece of strap, bringing the ends of the strapping back to meet each other.
    • Place the "right side" of the buckle on the right side of the fabric and baste to ONE layer of the...MORE tube.
    • Repeat for the remaining strap by basting one end of the strap 3" down from the zipper, to ONE layer of the tube.
    • Roll up the extra strap and bind with a rubber band as shown in the photo to prevent the strap from getting sewn in where you don't want it.
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    End Seams

    Sew the Side Seams on a Kids Fanny Pack
    Sew the Side Seams. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Open the zipper.
    • Rotate the tube so the center of the zipper teeth is 2" down from the top.
    • Sew the ends in place using a 1/4" seam allowance.
    • Apply a seam finish.
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    How to square the hip pouch
    Square the Pouch. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Place the side seam so it lays on the folded top, creating a triangle at the end of the seam.
    • Sew a seam 1" from the point of the triangle, perpendicular to the first seam.
    • Repeat for all four corners
    • Trim the points off and apply a seam finish.
    • Turn right side out through the open zipper.
    • Attach the remaining part of the buckle to the longer strap.
    • Adjust to fit and baste the end of the strap in place for a secure hold.