Fennel Fanny Pack from Sarah Kirsten – Bias Binding Method | Sew Along Tutorial by Sewing Therapy

Hello, Sara here. This is the second tutorial that I made the Fanny Pack with BIAS BINDING METHOD
I’ve done the first Fennel Fanny Pack with DROP-IN LINING METHOD.
Here is the link: http://sewingtherapy.net/fennel-fanny-pack-sew-along-tutorial/

Bias-Binding is the method instructed in the pattern. It’s simple to make but takes more time because of all that bias binding. If you’re a beginner, I recommend going this route.

Although I always try my best to give you clear and easy to understand instruction, I strongly recommend you watch the video at least once to get the right idea. You can always come back and read the part that you forgot or wasn’t sure of.


Fennel Fanny Pack pattern by Sarah Kirsten

Main Black Canvas fabric I used:
Square Up – Night Owl Canvas Fabric for Cotton and Steel 54″ Wide

Quilting weight Kaya Cotton fabric I used for Linings:

Cotton Webbing & Interfacing from Dailylike Canada

Emmaline Bag Hardware

My sewing machine
Bernette B38 Swiss Design Computerized Sewing Machine
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LDH Scissors and thread snip

Craft Clips
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Flat Head Pins
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All the fabrics I use are from either Dailylike Canada or Two O Nine Fabric Studio.
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Seam Allowance
Use 3/8″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated

Total 6 pieces of Outer layers and Linings (Your preferred mix and match)
Outer fabric – 1 Top Panel, 1 Bottom Panel
Lining fabric – 1 Top Panel, 1 Bottom Panel
Outer fabric – 2 Strap Stabilizer
Bias tape, 2 Zippers (Cut them a little longer in case you’re using coil zippers like me)

0. Preparation
Fuse interfacing to 3 Main Panels of the Lining

Fuse interfacing to Top and Bottom Panels of the Lining
Cut the interfacing in half and fuse them to Strap Stabilizer

How to install the zipper head on a coil zipper
Use the larger V-shaped side of the zipper head

Separate the end of the coil zipper
Slide the coil into the other side of zipper head
And push the back gently

You will need some practice to make this process easy!

1. Front Panel
Cut 1 1/2″ from the top of the Front Panel ( 1 Outer layer, 1 Lining)
Sandwich the short zipper between the top Outer piece and Lining RST (Right Side Together)

And sew with a zipper foot
Repeat for the bottom pieces RST
Press the Outer piece and Lining towards the seam
Edgestitch/Topstitch through all layers

Layer two Lining pieces WST (Wrong Side Together)
And layer the Main Panel on the top
Pin and baste

2. Top/Bottom Panel (T/B Panel)
Cut the Outer piece and Lining of Top Panel in half
Attach the zipper on the middle of the Top Panel layers RST
Press Outer layer and Lining towards the seam

Repeat for the other side RST
Press the Outer piece and Lining towards the seam
And edgestitch/topstitch through all layers

Sandwich Top Panel between the Lining and Outer piece of Bottom Panel RST
Pin and sew

Repeat for the other side
Turn right side out

And understitch/topstitch

3. Back Panel
Pin and baste on Main fabric and one Lining WST

4. Strap Stabilizer
Fold Strap stabilizer in half RST

Slide the webbing into them and pin
Sew along the short edge and the angled edge
Back stitch a couple times to strengthen stitching

Turn the right side out and press

5. Back & T/B Panel
Fold in half and mark the top and bottom center of the Front Panel and T/B Panel
Match the center marks of Front Panel and Top/Bottom Panel

Pin top and bottom
mark 3/8″ from each side and sew between the marks

** It’s easier to sew from the center to the sides
Clip at the marks on the T/B panel
Be careful not to cut the stitching!
These clippings help make nice corners
Slide the Strap Stabilizer into the side

Repeat for the other side
Sew the sides
Make sure to meet the Top and Bottom stitches
Round corners can be helpful

6. Front & T/B Panel
Fold in half and mark the top and bottom center of the Front Panel
Match the marks and pin the top and bottom RST

Match the marks and pin the top and bottom
Repeat the step I’ve done in Step 5

7. Bias Binding
I cut my bias tape 3/8″ x 6 = 2 1/4″ wide and folded in half
** Every sewist has their own favorite bias binding method and this is mine for bulky seams
Fold one end of the bias tape and pin the raw edges together
** I start my bias binding on the top edge as it’s the least visible place on the bag
Measure and cut the length you would need

Just like the meathod we used to assemble the panels, stop at each corner and clip
And start sewing from where we stopped
Make sure to meet the stitches
Repeat for all the corners
Wrap the seam with the bias tape and make pseudo mitered corners, pin and sew

8. Hardware Installment
Install Slide Adjuster and Side Release Buckle

Here is the instruction
Details on how to install Side Release Buckles and Slide Adjusters from Sarah Kirsten Blog

And that’s it for the bias binding method! Now that you’ve seen how the bias-binding and drop-in lining methods are made, which do you think you’ll use in your fennel fanny pack?

Fennel Fanny Pack was a challenging project for me since I tend to focus more on garment sewing. However, It was really fun! I’ve done my best to explain as easy as possible. Forgive me if not, I’ll definitely be better next time!
Thank you! See you in the next post!

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