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Happy Flowers Bumbag

Updated: Apr 8

Finished project blue and flower bum bag with sunglasses

Since my first market stall last year, I have been wanting to make a bumbag so that I can keep all my valuables on me and easily accessible.

I researched various sewing patterns, and Sarah Kirsten's Fennel Fanny Pack pattern stood out from the crowd. I love that it has 2 sections, is a rectangular shape and the sturdiness of it.

I had some of my Happy Flowers fabric in Linen Cotton Canvas from Spoonflower leftover which was the perfect weight. You can also find this design at Digital Fabrics in Australia. I used a royal blue cotton for the lining.

I sourced the webbing, buckle and slide adjuster from Voodoo Rabbit Fabric which is conveniently just down the road from me. They have a great selection of bag hardware available both online and in store.

There aren't any pattern pieces to print out which is one great bonus - who else loathes sticking together PDF patterns?! The pattern can all be measured and cut out straight from the fabric which is nice and simple.

Fabric piece, clear ruler and fabric roller laid out on worktop

I found the instructions a little confusing at one point so looked to see if there was a youtube video and hoorah there was by Sewing Therapy. The provided instructions that come with the pattern use bias binding but Sewing Therapy also have another method - The Drop-In Lining method, which is what I used and created a really nice neat finish inside. They also have a video for the bias binding method too.

I'm quite the beginner sewer still so took my time with this. I struggled to get a straight line around the zipper and need more practice with sewing with zippers to be honest.

I really love how it turned out despite my wonky lines and can't wait to test drive it! It'll be perfect when going out for walks as well, when I need to carry my phone and keys but have no pockets.

Finished project blue and flower bum bag

Be sure to check out the range of Loopla fabrics at Spoonflower and Digital Fabrics

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