Friday, October 16, 2020

The Belt Bag

 Hello Readers. I hope you are doing well. I am aware that a lot of people are not doing well right now. There are unemployment and housing issues in addition to all our Corona, hurricane/wildfire and social/political issues. It is really a lot to try and wrap my head around all at the same time. I wish I had some words of wisdom that would help solve any/all/even one of these issues. I really don't, but I am pretty sure arguing on Facebook isn't going to solve anything.

I'm just going to sew for now. I have had this suede vest for ages. It just makes me feel like a cowboy and like I should have a horse, a lasso and be yelling, "Yee-haw!". (No offense to anyone currently in a vest, on a horse, yelling, "Yee-haw!".) It just doesn't feel like me.

Check out this vest from a clothes swap ages ago. It has a western kind of vibe to it. Amazingly, it matched this suede belt from another clothes swap.

I started cutting the vest into pieces. Suede doesn't fray at all so it is easy to work with. I wanted a small bag shape.

I know what you are thinking. How hard is it to sew through suede? Check it out in this short video clip. (Hint: It was super easy.)

 I used the belt to make this small bag into a belt-bag. Waist-bag. Fanny-pack. Butt-bag. Whatever you want to call it, I made one. I remember when these were popular in the 90's and I swore I would never wear one again. But here I am, years later, eating those words.

The belt fits through slits in the back of the bag. I can slide the bag off the belt to wear the belt alone if I want.

I was surprised I liked this bag as much as I did. It would be great for when I want to be hands free. 

 Thanks for reading along, now go make something fun for yourself.













adventures of making said...

I never thought I'd hear myself utter those words, but that is surprisingly elegant for a fanny-pack!
I haven't worn one since the early nineties, when I was five or six years old, but contrary to the red-and-yellow plastic monstrosity that I used to have, yours looks quite fashionable!

Great job!

I Can Work With That said...

Thanks so much for the comment. I felt the same way about making this bag. I couldn't believe I was making it and I couldn't believe I liked it so much.
Happy sewing to you!

jenny_o said...

I still shudder at the 80s fanny packs too, but THIS is not one of those! This is very attractive, and perfect for when you don't want to carry a purse. Excellent job!

I Can Work With That said...

Hi Jenny,
Thanks for the kind comment. I can't believe these bags are back in style.