Check it out! I made a fanny pack! Man, it’s amazing how every time I think those words, they make me cringe. It seems that the Artsy Fartsies over at Etsy call them “hip sacks” now, which sounds much more. . . hip. And you know me, I’m a hippy hipster!
I made this bag out of necessity. If there is one thing that I don’t like, it is a huge purse. I have a tendency to fill up my purses with as much crap as I can fit in them. On more than one occasion, and this is true, I’ve found a half-eaten burrito in my purse. In order to avoid situations like that, I try to keep my purses small, but that’s hard to do when you have two kids who could need a diaper, snacks, sunscreen or a toy car on a moments notice. In recent years I have found my purse/diaper bag getting bigger and bigger, and it had been driving me nutso. I finally decided that there are plenty of activities that we go to that do not require hauling around a massive luggage set. I wanted something that could hold one diaper, a small baggie of wipes, and my bare necessities: wallet, keys, cell phone and chapstick. I loved the Artsy Clutch from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing, but I needed something hands-free. So I innovated a bit, changed the dimensions to fit my needs and added D-rings to the sides so that I could slip it onto my belt loop. I also squared off the bottom (using directions from the same book’s Simple Tote project) and added a couple of pockets inside.
It’s exactly what I need, and I use it all of time now, almost always leaving my massive diaper bag at home.
Next up: I’ve been playing more with needle felting and I’ll answer some of the questions from the comments on Argus. Did you enter to win him yet?