I’ve been seeing Fanny Packs re-emerge all over the runways recently….and while I haven’t owned one in years, I thought this would be a chic updated version to create. So, when I came across this beautiful piece of hardware in the New York City location of Mood Fabrics, I knew I had the perfect match. It’s awesome to keep your hands free while out catching those new year sales, or running errands — tell me below how you’d wear yours!
SUPPLIES: pattern, Black leather, harness leather strap, rotary cutter, spacer, sinew and 2 needles, awl, closure, Chicago Screw, hole punch, rivets and burrs, straight edge, rivet setter, wire cutters, rubber mallet, a hard surface, and edge note (is optional).
1. Use your hole punch to punch the holes that are marked on your pattern (Note: you’ll need to mark your own holes on the strap).
2. Next use your spacer to make equidistant indentations for the holes you will create. (Note: If you want to go the extra mile and for a more polished look, use your black Edge Kote on the edges of all black leather pieces).
3. The next step is to fully make the holes that you just marked, with an awl.
4. After that, it’s time to put the rivets in your bag (like I mentioned in this post). Save the rivet on the strap for later.
5. Now it’s time to use the Saddle Stitch and stitch up the two sides (Check out this post to see the video of how to do it).
6. Lastly slip on your closure and install the last rivet like you did in Step #4. Also, if you haven’t already….punch a hole and add a tiny slit below it, to your front tab while you put in your Chicago Screw. (Note: Put a tiny dab of e6000 glue to your Chicago Screw, for added security).
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.