Anti Pickpocket Bag: FREE pattern, tutorial, and video sew-along

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Step One: Preparing The Fabric

Apply the fusible interfacing to the lining (3 pieces) and the facing (2 pieces).  Sew the soft sewable interfacing or fleece to the main fabric (2 pieces).  Sew the thick sewable interfacing to the bottom (1 piece).

If you are using canvas as per the recommended fabric options, there is no need to use any interfacing or fleece.  For your reference only, the following picture will show you the right side and the wrong side of the fabric I am using.  Because it is batik, both sides are the same, so I have applied the thinnest fusible interfacing I have so you can differentiate the right and wrong sides more clearly.  All other directions are on the pattern. Please follow closely.anti pickpocket bag

Step Two: Making the Inner Pockets

Place the lining(main pattern piece) right side up.  Place the pocket piece to which you have ironed a rectangle of fusible interfacing that is the same width of the pocket 10″ x 3  1/2″ in length centered on top of the lining and draw a rectangle 2″ from the top that is 7″ x  1/2″. anti pickpocket bag

Draw a line in the middle of the pocket that stops 1/'4″ from the end.  This line will be your cutting line.anti pickpocket bag

Sew with a small stitch (I am using #2) all around the pocket.  Please follow your drawing exactly.  This will ensure you have perfect corners.

Cut the line in the middle stopping 1/4″ from the end.  Cut to the corner without cutting the stitching line.anti pickpocket bag

Pass the pocket piece through the cut you just made and iron.  Place the zipper under this opening and pin the zipper.  Make sure the zipper is centered. anti pickpocket bagThe zipper is larger than the opening and so will have to make sure the little handle is not underneath the lining. Stitch very close to the edge you need to adjust while sewing anti pickpocket bagChange to a zipper foot and stitch very close to the edge. anti pickpocket bagYou can make two pockets or just one.  Personally, I like pockets, so I am making one on each side.

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242 Responses to Anti Pickpocket Bag: FREE pattern, tutorial, and video sew-along

  1. Sarah says:

    I just finished sewing this bag and it came out great BUT I can’t find the grommets like you used and the plastic ones from Joann’s don’t seem to work with the thickness. When I click the link for the grommets I get a message that says “unable to connect as there are too many redirects. I don’t know what that means but I can’t get to site to purchase….Please Help!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Sarah, you must have a window blocker because I tested the link and it is working fine.

      • Sarah says:

        The link finally worked and took me to Amazon but the grommets there are not the same as the ones you had, require a tool to install and I assume are not removable and reusable. Are these the grommets you are suggesting we use?

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          HI Sarah i do have a Kam tool, and all the fittings for many sizes of grommets. If you are going to make bags I suggest to use this type of grommets, the removable ones are much more expensive and hard to find.

    • Cynthia A Burns says:

      Have you tried Hobby Lobby?

  2. Danielle S says:

    That bag is lovely and so clever. Makes me realize I really do need something to keep my information safe. Unfortunately there is no way I would ever be able to make one. Definitely not anywhere near that level. Thank you for the wonderful idea though.

  3. Marla says:

    This bag is very pretty. I think you have incorporated features to make it anti-pickpocket. My cousin had a bag similar in style and the thieves used a blade to slit open the bottom and empty her bag while she rode the bus. Needless to say, this is not a good experience. Maybe your bag will be better at keeping them away.

What do you think?